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FOODPICKER: Newsletter: Nutrition
Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Janet R. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 6/22/2010
Subject: pre-diabetes & exercise?

I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic.  The doctor has not put me on any medication, but would like me to lose weight and watch my diet.  I'm not sure how much or how often I should be exercising.  Could you give me some tips?

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: Deb T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 6/15/2010
Subject: jawbreaker candy and diabetes?

I have type 2 diabetes.  I'm kind of addicted to jawbreaker candy (especially fireballs).  How harmful is it to eat these candies and what alternatives should I try... Is fruit a good alternative?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Maria Mahady, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Fresh fruit is always a better alternative because of the additional benefits (i.e. vitamins, minerals, and fiber) it contains.  Of course it is always... (click for entire response)

Elissa Basham, Dietetic Intern
Answer: When you crave sweet, try the fruit first.  If you want a jaw breaker once in a while, itís okay, just be aware of its carbohydrate and sugar content and take it into account with your daily carb budget... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Both of these items contain carbohydrates, but fruit also contains vitamins, minerals and fiber that are not found in hard candies.  A medium piece of fruit contains about 15 grams carbohydrate per piece, whereas a piece of jawbreaker type candy... (click for entire response)

Nien-Jung Wu, Dietetic Intern
Answer: To cut down the amount of jawbreaker candy you eat and to avoid craving could be your first step.  For instance, take only a small portion of the fireballs into a separate sandwich bag, and that will be the maximum... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
Answer: Fruit is a better choice because it contains fiber, vitamins and minerals while the jawbreaker only contains carbohydrates and sugar.  Some people really like... (click for entire response)

Stacey Greenberg, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are approximately 17 g of carbohydrates in a fireball.  Since you count your carbohydrate intake now that you are managing your diabetes fruit is a... (click for entire response)


Summer Produce!

What are your favorite healthy meals or recipes using summer fruits and vegetables?

Please e-mail Christine (nutrition@foodpicker.org) and suggest a healthy meal or recipe using summer produce.

We will highlight your suggestion in an upcoming newsletter.

Thanks for your efforts!

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


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