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FOODPICKER: Newsletter: Nutrition
Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Jan A. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 04/25/2010
Subject: type 2 diabetes & gluten intolerance

I have type 2 diabetes and just found out I have gluten intolerance.  I haven't been able to figure out what I can eat.  I have been leaving grains out of my diet.  What should I do?

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: Larry T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 04/18/2010
Subject: peas and carrots?

Is it ok to eat peas & carrots if you have diabetes?  I heard to avoid those two veggies.

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Rebekah Eaton, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: There are two types of vegetables: starchy vegetables and non-starchy vegetables.  Starchy vegetables are higher in carbohydrates than non-starchy vegetables and should be considered when... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Hunt, RD, LDN (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Due to the difference in calories and carbs, portions should be considered when choosing a starchy vegetable, especially if you are diabetic.  Feel free to eat non-starchy vegetables... (click for entire response)

Jan Swanson, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Absolutely!  They are full of good nutrients, vitamins & minerals, along w/ fiber.  Peas are a starchy vegetable and need to be counted as a carbohydrate for every 1/2 cup eaten... (click for entire response)

Elissa Basham, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Many of the “root” vegetables are higher in carbohydrates, however carrots have one of the lower carbohydrate contents in their category... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Vegetables can be classified into two different categories – starchy and non starchy vegetables.  Starchy vegetables include corn, peas and potatoes. A serving size... (click for entire response)

Mandy Seay, Dietetic Intern
Answer: You may have heard you should stay away from peas and carrots because it is thought that these two vegetables will raise your blood sugar.  One important thing you should know about vegetables... (click for entire response)

Jessica Zimmerman, Nutrition Student
Answer: Vegetables are a very important component of our diet and should be consumed daily.  Yet, if consuming starchy vegetables, it is important that one counts them as a carbohydrate... (click for entire response)


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

FOODPICKER.org Contributors:  Michelle Rauch

Childhood obesity and school lunch... What's your take?

There is an alarming prevalence of obese children in the U.S.  We often hear the school lunch program is to blame... but is school lunch really the culprit?

If a child attends school 180 days a year and eats school lunch each of those days, this would equal 16% of the child's total meals for the year.  Assuming a child eats 3 meals a day (180 meals divided by 1095 total meals for a year = 16%).

What's your take?  What do you think is the cause of today's childhood obesity epidemic?

E-mail your responses to Christine (nutrition@foodpicker.org) and we will post them in our upcoming newsletter.

Thanks for your efforts!

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

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