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Archive for September, 2010

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have diabetes and my blood sugar is all over the map.  Could you please tell me the ideal blood sugar level?

Answer:  The ideal blood sugar level depends on when you are testing, such as before or after you eat.  Readings may be ‘all over the map’ depending on the timing of tests.   The American Diabetes Association states that “the normal range for non-fasting blood glucose (sugar) taken 1-2 hours after a meal is less than 180 mg/dl.  The normal range for blood glucose taken before a meal is 70 – 130mg/dl.”  Speak to your physician about their specific recommendations for your ideal blood sugar levels.

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have pre-diabetes and enjoy having an afternoon snack.  Is microwave popcorn ok for me to have?

Answer:  Popcorn can be a good choice for an afternoon snack since it is lower in calories and fat and contains some fiber.  When choosing what variety to eat, choose those that do not contain extra salt or butter such as ‘Movie Theatre Butter’ or ‘Blast o Butter’.   Typically, 3c popcorn contains 15g carbohydrate or one carbohydrate choice so remember to watch your portion sizes!

Tip: If you choose to make homemade popcorn rather than store bought microwave popcorn, use a microwave safe bowl with a small amount of canola oil on the bottom (~1 Tbsp).  Add some popcorn kernels and pop away. The popcorn will have a lot of flavor without the added salt and butter in addition to incorporating monounsaturated fat which our body needs.  See my previous blog titled ‘Healthier Fats’ for more information about various types of fat.

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have pre-diabetes and am confused about fats.  A friend was telling me there are “healthier fats” I should be including in my diet.  I thought all fats were bad?  Could you tell me which fats I should include in my diet (if any)?

Answer:  There are two main classifications of fat – saturated fat and unsaturated fat. These fats are found in different food sources and have different effects on our health.  All individuals should include fat into their diet in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Below is an explanation of the differences.

  • Monounsaturated fat, a type of unsaturated fat, is found in oils such as canola and olive oil.  These fats are often referred to as the ‘healthier’ fats as they help raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).  This type of fat can also be found in nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios, and fatty fish such as salmon and tilapia.
  • Saturated fat is the less healthy fat option that should be limited in our diet. Sources of saturated fat include butter and other animal products.  Choosing low fat dairy products will help limit the saturated fat in your diet.  Saturated fat has a negative effect on our cholesterol, as it raises LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL (good cholesterol).

Remember, fat is a source of calories and should be accounted for in your diet.  Watch your portion sizes and try to incorporate a variety of foods.

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Beverages and Diabetes

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

Since I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I have been really watching my carb intake.  I’m not sure about beverages though.  What can I drink that will not affect my blood sugar besides water?  Can I have my morning coffee?

Answer:  There are a variety of different beverages you can choose that do not contain carbohydrate.  Below is a list of some beverages you may want to try:

  • Sugar free Crystal Light
  • Diet pops
  • Sugar free Kool-Aid
  • Black coffee
  • Tea (no milk or creamer added)

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