Have you heard of quinoa? Rich in protein and fiber, this little seed is a wonderful addition to any healthy diet.
Although quinoa is typically considered a grain, it is actually the seed of a plant that is related to spinach, beets and Swiss chard. When cooked, it has a fluffy, creamy consistency similar to rice or couscous. It is slightly crunchy with a light nutty flavor. Quinoa is gaining in popularity and may be found in health food stores or the health food section of your local grocery store.
Sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, was once widely accepted as a sugar alternative for diabetics. It is also produced in the body when glucose is metabolized. Today, there is controversy over the merits of this popular sweetener. Too much sorbitol in the bloodstream can accumulate and wreak havoc on the eyes, nerves and kidneys of those with diabetes.
With the trend toward larger plates, “supersizing” meals and heaping portions when you eat out, plus the temptations of all-you-can-eat buffets and going back for seconds (or more), it’s no wonder our stomachs have expanded. One of the single most important keys to losing weight and keeping it off is controlling the size of the meals you eat. If you find yourself wondering how to do this when you eat away from home – whether you’re at a restaurant, a party or a big family gathering, try the tips below.
Keeping a journal isn’t just an emotionally therapeutic exercise, it’s nutritionally therapeutic, as well. Why is that? According to the American Dietetic Association, keeping a food journal is the single most effective tool for losing weight and keeping it off. Studies have found that those who keep a food journal can lose twice the weight of those who don’t.
The fall citrus season is about to begin, and that’s good news if you’re a diabetic. Citrus is frequently cited as a “superfood” when you’re battling diabetes and the benefits are many.
Due to the damage that diabetes does to your body everyday, the antioxidants and other minerals in citrus fruit can be a valuable addition to your diet.
Benefits of citrus fruit
If you love rice, make sure to eat the brown variety. A 22-year study of more than 197,000 adults in the U.S. found that eating more refined white rice increased the risk for Type 2 diabetes, while eating more brown rice decreased the risk of developing diabetes.
Soy isn’t just for vegetarians any more. Every day, more Americans are discovering the health benefits of soy and finding ways to incorporate soy products into their diets.
Sugar is the main ingredient in most of the foods and beverages we consume – even fruits and milk. But it is the refined sugar found in processed foods that is contributing to the obesity epidemic in the U.S. today and the rise in Type 2 diabetes.
Diet is an important part of managing your diabetes. In order to help our customers, American Diabetes Services offers this diabetic food pyramid to act as a food guide to help diabetics manage their diet better.
Diabetics should eat less fats and sweets. Saturated fats found in animal products such as hamburger, cheese, bacon and butter should especially be avoided. When you eat sweets, such as ice cream or muffin, make them apart of your healthy diabetic diet, not as an extra.
Looking for an innovative way to lower your blood glucose levels? Head for the kitchen spice rack!
Cinnamon has been in use over 4,000 years for culinary and medicinal purposes. The type of cinnamon found in brands such as McCormick and used in the hallmark study conducted on individuals with diabetes is referred to as cassia cinnamon. This form of cinnamon comes from the inner bark of cinnamon trees that grow in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.