Sunday, December 20, 2009

Magnesium for Diabetes Control

Our bodies require magnesium for more than 300 metabolic functions. On of those is regulating blood sugar levels for diabetics. It also supports muscle and nerve function, blood pressure control and even enhances energy levels and may even have antidepressant effects.

Sources for magnesium include green vegetables, peas, beans, soybeans, almonds, cashews, peanut butter, yogurt and whole unrefined grains.

We get low magnesium levels from overactive stress hormones (probably applies to everyone nowadays), or excessive dietary calcium. Seniors are particularly susceptible because of digestive issues.. Other threat factors can come from prescribed drugs, diuretics, antibiotics and medications used to treat cancer

Source: Taste for Life

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Your Concise Reference for High Fiber Foods

High-fiber foods Looking to add more fiber to your diet? Fiber — along with adequate fluid intake — moves quickly and relatively easily through your digestive tract and helps it function properly. A high-fiber diet may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Here's a look at the fiber content of some common foods. Read nutrition labels to find out exactly how much fiber is in your favorite foods. Recommended fiber amounts for women is 21 to 25 grams a day and for men is 30 to 38 grams a day. Feel fr^ee to copy and print the list.

Fruits Serving size Total fiber (grams)* Raspberries 1 cup 8.0 Pear, with skin 1 medium 5.1 Apple, with skin 1 medium 4.4 Figs, dried 2 medium 3.7 Blueberries 1 cup 3.5 Strawberries 1 cup 3.3 Banana 1 medium 3.1 Orange 1 medium 3.1 Raisins 1.5-ounce box 1.6

Grains, Spaghetti, whole-wheat, cooked 1 cup 6.3 Barley, pearled, cooked 1 cup 6.0 Oat bran muffin 1 medium 5.2 Bran flakes 3/4 cup 5.1 Oatmeal, quick, regular or instant, cooked 1 cup 4.0 Popcorn, air-popped 3 cups 3.6 Brown rice, cooked 1 cup 3.5

Bread, rye 1 slice 1.9 Bread, whole-wheat or multi-grain 1 slice 1.9

Legumes, nuts & seeds Serving size Total fiber (grams)* Split peas, cooked 1 cup 16.3 Lentils, cooked 1 cup 15.6 Black beans, cooked 1 cup 15.0 Lima beans, cooked 1 cup 13.2 Baked beans, vegetarian, canned, cooked 1 cup 10.4 Sunflower seeds, hulled 1/4 cup 3.6 Almonds 1 ounce (22 nuts) 3.3 Pistachio nuts 1 ounce (49 nuts) 2.9 Pecans 1 ounce (19 halves) 2.7

Vegetables Serving size Total fiber (grams)* Artichoke, cooked 1 medium 10.3 Peas, cooked 1 cup 8.8 Broccoli, boiled 1 cup 5.1 Turnip greens, boiled 1 cup 5.0 Sweet corn, cooked 1 cup 4.6 Brussels sprouts, cooked 1 cup 4.1 Potato, with skin, baked 1 medium 4.0 Tomato paste 1/4 cup 2.7 Carrot, raw 1 medium 1.7 *Fiber content can vary between brands.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chia Seed May aid in Diabetes Management

Chia seeds as an addition to the diet for people with diabetes has been shown by research to have benefits by helping blood sugar control, reducing insulin resistance and improving blood lipids. Chia seeds are more popularly know in the U.S. by the chia plants grown on clay pots and referred to as "chia pets".

Chia was cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Columbian times, and was so valued that it was given as an annual tribute by the people to the rulers. It is still widely used in Mexico and South America, with the seeds ground for nutritious drinks and as a food source.

Chia seeds provide an omega-3 fat known as alpha linolenic acid and a heaping whallop of 10 grams of fiber (wow! My bread is only 4 grams a slice). The fiber in Chia seeds reduce the absorption of carbs into the body to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Great source fo chia seeds: Chia Herbal Seeds Capsules

Sources: Wikepedia and Mix Newsletter

Ground chia seed can be used in baked goods including breads, cakes and biscuits.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Skin is in for Diabetics

Fruits and vegetables put healthful substances in their outermost layers. "Juices generally retain less than 50% of the bioactive compounds found in whole fruit." Luke Howard, PhD, professor of food science at the Univ. of Arkansas recently told Nutrition Action.

Diabetics need an extra boost of nutrition, so eat your apples and cucumbers with the peels on. Its O.K. to peel your bananas though (smile)
Source: Nutrition Action

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Brown Rice Fights Diabetes

Brown rice is an excelleent source of fiber helping to fight Type 2 Diabetes. The grain has been added to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration list of whole grains that can make these claims.

I addition it lowers the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Make sure it is part of your diet.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Weight and Diabetes Connection

Did you know that people who develop Type 2 diabetes usually related to being overweight, before 65 have a 125 percent higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease?

It's important to maintain a healthy weight, especially in middle age.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Two Tablespoons of Vinegar to Slow Sugar Spikes

A couple of tablespoons of sugar before meals has been found to reduce sugar spikes in diabetics and pre-diabetics.

Carol Johnson a professor of nutrition at Arizona State University discovered the vinegar remedy while reading through some older studies on diabetes. she was able to replicate the study and reach similar results. She found that with the vinegar intake before a meal cut diabetic's blood glucose increases about 25%, and pre-diabetics about 50%. The pre-diabetics were able to lower their blood glucose levels lower than otherwise healthy people.

Johnson found a surprising plus to the vinegar intake - moderate weight loss. There was an average 2 pound weight loss in the vinegar group over the four- week period with some losing up to four pounds during this period. (by my calculations that could add up to 26 to 52 pounds a year alone).

Since you may dislike the taste of vinegar, you can simply add it to your salad before your main course. I personally have gotten use to the taste. I add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and sip slowly. Personally,I prefer Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, plus you can get F.R.E.E. samples at their site.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cinnamon Still Best for Diabetes Management

As we have already discussed in this blog cinnamon is a must-take for diabetes management. Studies have shown that cinnamon enhances insulin's ability to move sugar out of the blood and into the muscles where it can be effectively used. As little as 1/2 teaspoon a day may do the trick.

To get your cinnamon in an enjoyable way, mix it into pancakes and muffin batter, smoothies and plain yogurt with fresh fruit or stir a cinnamon stick in your cappuccino.

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Source: Better Health and Living - Twin Cities

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