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.
Great Sources of Fiber Here

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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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