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So much of a diabeticís health depends on proper nutrition, but many of us arenít really informed about the importance of various aspects of the nutrition equation. Click on the links to get the basics: More
The Importance of Food in the Diabetic Equation
10,000 years ago, man was primarily a hunter-gatherer. We ate the plants and animals that were part of our natural environment and traveled with the food supply. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors sampled as many as 800 varieties of plant species (there are nearly 150,000 edible plant species on earth), and while meat was an important component of their diet, consumption was limited, since storage and preserving techniques were not developed yet.
It seems simple enough. The problem is that everywhere we look there's cheap, convenient and extremely unhealthy food. Because of this, the United States is battling an obesity epidemic, while at the same time starving for critical nutrients. More
Add Color to Your Diet - Your Best Self Defense Against Diabetes
What do we mean when we say add color to your diet? Fruits and vegetables are filled with COLOR and not just one COLOR they come in many COLORS and shades of those colors.
Remember that there are about 150,000 species of edible plants on earth and our hunter-gather ancestors ate about 800 of those. The average American eats many fewer. More
We eat too many refined foods. By refined we mean processed. Processing removes many of the beneficial nutrients in our food. Our ancestors didnít eat refined foods, and while they may not have enjoyed our longevity due to factors such as injury or disease, itís a good bet that most of them didnít die from heart attacks caused by cholesterol or high blood pressure. More
More Fiber Improves Diabetes Control For Type 2ís
A study suggest that people with type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes can lower their blood sugars significantly by increasing the amount of fiber in their diet.
This study reinforces the importance of encouraging patients with type 2 diabetes to eat fiber. However, the amount of fiber used in the study is 50 grams. If a person with Type 2 diabetes decides to add fiber to their diets, it is important that they begin to increase fiber GRADUALLY (by 3-5 grams/day) to prevent bloating. Also, people need to consume at least 8 cups of decaffeinated beverages each day, as a high fiber diet without enough fluid can lead to constipation. More
How to Read a Food LabelFederal rules require , nutrition labeling is required for most foods, certainly all packaged foods. But reading and understanding a food label can be a challenge. Here's a guide to help you decipher a food label.
Nutrient Content Claims
With the new focus on health, and the preponderance of ďlowĒ diets -- low fat, low sodium, and low cholesterol, the food industry has been making claims about their products that have led to much confusion in the marketplace. This often makes it difficult for consumers to make appropriate choices about packaged foods. More
How to Buy Fresh Foods
There is a concerted effort on the part of nutritionists, dieticians, chefs and the general public to purchase and serve food that is locally grown and seasonal. But it can be challenging to know what and how to buy. More
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables should be an important component of your diet. In fact, it is about the only element of your diet that scientists and policy makers CAN agree on. So eat up!
If you want to learn more about fruits and vegetables visit our fruit and veggie pages or download nutrition facts posters.
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Fresh vs. Canned vs. Frozen
First of all, the good news is that whether itís fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced when it comes to consuming fruits and vegetables ALL ways are good. More
Organic vs. Conventional Farming
There is a difference between organic and conventional farming techniques though 56% of Americans don't know the difference. Is organic food really better for you? More
Healthy eating is an important part of the self management of your diabetes. But eating doesn't have to be boring or bland. We've developed a healthy mix of healthy recipes that fit your tastebuds and aren't difficult to prepare. More
How to Store Fresh Vegetables
Most fresh vegetables need to be stored in the refrigerator to stay fresh for very long. Store vegetables at room temperature only if youíre using them that day. Vegetables differ in how long they stay fresh stored in the fridge: More
Eat for a Healthy Heart
Diabetics are twice as likely to develop heart disease. To start making heart-healthy choices, here are some tips from the FDA. More
Going meatless, even once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also reduce your carbon footprint and conserve fresh water and fossil fuel. Learn more.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are the embryos of plants and various trees which contain all the genetic information and nutrients needed to grow a new plant. They are a natural and tasty snack food that gives you energy as well as good health. Nuts are very healthy and nutritious.
Updated March 20, 2012
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