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FOODPICKER: Newsletter: Nutrition
Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Sandy J. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 5/3/2010
Subject: bars & shakes for diabetes?

I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago.  I'm wondering about those bars and shakes I see advertised for people with diabetes.  Are they good to use?  Sometimes I'm out and need a snack or quick lunch.

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: Jan A. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 4/25/2010
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?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Jenifer Kayan, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: With gluten intolerance, gluten products should be eliminated from the diet.  This condition, also known as Celiac disease, requires avoidance of foods containing wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats, as the consumption of these foods cause damage to the... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: An intolerance to gluten does have its restrictions, but you are also able to eat many different grains and foods.  Typically, protein foods, fresh fruit/veggies, lentils, meats, milk, nuts, seeds, shellfish, and fish are naturally gluten-free.  These foods can easily be incorporated... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline Zimmerman, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Avoiding gluten sounds simple but is actually quite tricky, as gluten is ubiquitous in the average American diet.  Keep in mind that "wheat-free" does not mean "gluten-free" and there are many non-food products that must be avoided.  For example, sources of gluten include... (click for entire response)

Jessa Schimek, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye; avoid these grains and foods manufactured with them.  Oats do not naturally have gluten but are usually processed with wheat ingredients, so they are easily contaminated.  To make it a bit easier to spot, food labels will indicate... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Nutrition Student
Answer: Grains that can be included in a gluten-free diet are as follows: amaranth, corn, millet, montina (Indian rice grass), quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff, and wild rice.  Although okay to eat, you will still need to watch your portion sizes and count carbohydrates when consuming... (click for entire response)

Rachel Mackintosh, Dietetic Intern
Answer: This can be tricky at first since gluten can often hide in foods that we might not normally think of as containing wheat (i.e. marinades, sauces, soups, processed foods, etc).  You will want to make sure to read the ingredient list on the Nutrition Facts Label for every product you are considering eating for a while... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
Answer: Many restaurants will even be able to tell you which menu items are gluten free.  Corn, rice and buckwheat are grains that are gluten free.  Less common grains that are gluten free include millet, amaranth and quinoa... (click for entire response)


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

FOODPICKER.org Contributors:  Sree Raji and Tina Brochu

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

Last week, we asked about the cause of childhood obesity.  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?

Cara Amcher, Registration Eligible (has completed schooling & dietetic internship) sent us her response.

I don't think school lunches are the only thing to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic, but it does play a major role.  I think the problem stems from 4 areas: family, school, society and food companies.

Ideally healthy nutrition should start in utero!  There have been studies that show if a mom eats a high fat diet while pregnant and gains too much weight the baby is at higher risk of diabetes and obesity later on in life.  Parents need to provide healthy food for their children and be good role models by eating a nutritious diet and exercising.  No more excuses! Everyone is busy and sure, sometimes it's easier to grab fast food, but the costs in terms of health is just too great and it's not worth it.

I think the food we serve kids in school is appalling.  We send them there to "feed" their minds with knowledge and then we feed them high fat, salty, sugary foods like pizza, burgers and soda.  It just doesn't make sense. Our society is so fast paced it encourages fast food and discourages family meals. We are so focused on getting the most bang for our buck that we're led to believe super sizing is a great value.

Information technology is great, but look at all the things you can do sitting down at your computer while eating a sundae at the same time: getting a college degree, running a business, and catching up with friends!  Of course food companies are in the business of making money which is fine, but does it have to be at the expense of the consumers' health?  If you watch a documentary like Food Inc. you realize just how much the food industry has changed the way we eat and not always for the better.  By forcing cows and chickens to eat corn they produce more product, but a lower quality product.

Cara can be reached via her blog:
Cara Amcher's Blog (http://back2basicsnutrition.wordpress.com)

What do you think is causing the 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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