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FOODPICKER: Newsletter: Nutrition
Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Tom R. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 02/21/2010
Subject: help with controlling snacking

I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  During the day at work I eat very little, but in the evenings and weekends, I can't seem to stay out of the kitchen.  Do you have any suggestions to control my snacking in the evenings and weekends?

Please respond to the above question on your blog by Sunday at midnight.  We will review all blogs and post several responses in our next newsletter!

Example: Christine's Blog

Do you know someone with diabetes?  They can send their questions to: diabetes@foodpicker.org

Last week's question:

From: Shirley S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 02/15/2010
Subject: sugar substitute question

What is the best sugar substitute to use for baking and daily use for diabetics?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Beth Conlon, MS, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Here is some great news.  You can have your cake and eat it too.  So why substitute sugar when you can use the real thing?  According to the American Diabetes Association... (click for entire response)

Krista Feagans, Dietetic Intern
First of all, sugar substitutes are non-nutritive sweeteners (meaning they have no nutritional value, good or bad).  They are essentially calorie-free and cause no glycemic response (meaning it doesn’t raise your blood sugar).  Sugar substitutes... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Sugar does more than just sweeten foods, it adds layers and character.  Sugar is used in baking to add moistness, sweetness, and shelf-life; without it products would be unpleasant to eat.  People with diabetes can enjoy sweet treats by substituting or combining... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are many different sugar substitutes available for purchase today.  Artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Splenda, and Stevia have been approved as safe to use by the FDA.  These sweeteners only contain very little calories or carbohydrate and can be used in moderation daily.... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Kovacic, Dietetic Intern
There are several types of artificial sweeteners in today’s market: Sweet and Low, Equal, Splenda, Stevia and Truvia to name a few.  These sweeteners have been approved by the FDA and are available in local markets and grocery stores.  These sweeteners are low in calories but still may contain some carbohydrate... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
I would recommend cutting down the amount of sugar in a favorite recipe before using a sugar substitute.  Also, you should try sweetening the recipe with... (click for entire response)

Jenifer Kayan, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Sugar substitutes come in different varieties and go by many a name - Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin (Sweet and Low), Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), and Acesulfame K (Sunett).  Each of these sweeteners are FDA-approved and are considered safe to consume.  While much debate exists... (click for entire response)

Have you created your blog yet?

If you have not yet created a professional nutrition-based blog, you can easily do so at:

WordPress.com (free & takes 5 minutes to setup)
Blogger.com (free & takes 5 minutes to setup)

Each week we will e-mail out a question that can be covered in your blog. 

We will feature the best blogs in upcoming newsletters!

We'd like to recognize the following FOODPICKER.org Contributors!

FOODPICKER.org Contributors:  Doretta Ho, MS, RD

What trends in nutrition do you see in 2010?

Please e-mail Christine (nutrition@foodpicker.org) with your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions for upcoming Nutrition Editor newsletters.

Thanks for your efforts!

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
Founder, FOODPICKER.org

FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices.  Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.  We embrace the guidelines put forth by the American Diabetes Association as well as the American Dietetic & American Heart Associations.  This website is completely free and brought to you by volunteers in the health care field.

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