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Plant-Based vs. Low-Carbohydrate Diets:
Presenting the Evidence

A couple of days ago I received an email from the makers of a soy-based protein bar that began: Scientific research continues to show that a plant-based diet is a healthy dietary pattern. In fact, previous versions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have emphasized plant-based diets, and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee appears […]

Five Low-Carb “Superfoods”

I’m usually not a fan of the term “superfood.” I think it tends to confuse people about which foods are best and how much they should consume. For instance, the ADA’s Diabetes Superfoods list includes citrus fruit, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and fat-feee milk. While those items may have beneficial nutrients, their effect on blood glucose levels […]

Nutritional Management of Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome: More Than Just a Risk Factor for Disease The number of people with metabolic syndrome is increasing, yet those who have it often aren’t aware of its significance. Originally identified as Syndrome X by Dr. Gerald Reaven in the 1980s, metabolic syndrome increases risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. It […]

Good News for LCHF

While most of my recent posts have focused on the problems with studies, recommendations, and guidelines, I’m happy to say that there has been some very good news on the low-carb front. The American Diabetes Association’s  position paper on nutrition recommendations for people with diabetes When I initially read this document, I was disappointed by […]

All in Favor of Changing the US Dietary Guidelines
and MyPlate?

March is National Nutrition Month, and March 12 is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. So around this time of year, I get a lot of emails offering special deals on promotional items like nutrition posters, handouts, food models, games, books, etc. I rarely purchase them because their message is so far removed from my own […]

Ketogenic Diet vs. Low-Carb Diet: A Personal Choice

Fruit with whipped cream: too many carbs? Ketogenic diets (aka keto diets, nutritional ketosis or NK) are currently all the rage, and for good reason. As I wrote in a previous post a few weeks ago, very-low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets (VLCKDs) are extremely effective for weight loss and diabetes, among other things. There’s also emerging evidence suggesting they […]

People with Diabetes Need Balanced Snacks, Right?

Wrong. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes don’t require snacks, and anything eaten between meals should contain as few carbohydrates as possible. I recently joined Pinterest and came across  this link as I was looking  for images to pin to my “Healthy Low Carb Board”:  10 Low-Carb Snack Ideas for People with Diabetes.  Looking at […]

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