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FOODPICKER: Newsletter: Nutrition
Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

Hello Everyone!

A couple updates to note:
  1. After you answer a question on your blog please e-mail nutrition@foodpicker.org w/ the link (so we know that you posted).  The deadline is every Sunday at midnight.
  2. We've added an unsubscribe link (if you no longer wish to receive our newsletter).
Thank you for your efforts!

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator


This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Sylvia B. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: healthy fats?

I have pre-diabetes and am confused about fats.  A friend was telling me there are "healthier fats" I should be including in my diet.  I thought all fats were bad?  Could you tell me which fats I should include in my diet (if any)?

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: Carrie G. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: diabetes & beverage choices?

Since I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I have been really watching my carb intake.  I'm not sure about beverages though.  What can I drink that will not affect my blood sugar besides water?  Can I have my morning coffee?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Jenifer Kayan RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Beverages can be tricky with diabetes. Beverages such as milk, drinkable yogurts, smoothies, fruit juices, and regular soft drinks contain carbohydrate and must be counted as part of your carb intake.  There are many drinks that contain very little or no amount of carbohydrate... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, MS
Answer: Of course you can still have your morning (black) coffee!  Truvia is an all natural sugar that comes from the stevia plant and can be used in your black coffee to sweeten it up. Other options include iced or hot tea, club soda, diet tonic water, and diet ginger ale.  If none of these options appeal to you, but you are sick of drinking just plain water, add some flavor with... (click for entire response)

Lauren Todd, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Caffeinated beverages such as coffee or tea will not affect your blood sugar, but the added sugar and milk will.  Opt for black coffee or tea, or use sugar-free products such as “Sweet and Low” to sweeten your drinks. Likewise, steer clear of drinks like soda or alcoholic beverages that could throw off your blood sugar.  Even natural fruit juices should be chosen with caution.  Instead, look for sugar-free products such as seltzer, diet soda, and Crystal Light... (click for entire response)

Yi-Ming Law, Nutrition Student
Answer: In a Finnish cross-sectional study on high coffee consumption in men and women, the results were that coffee, or the compounds like magnesium and chlorogenic acid found in coffee, "may both improved insulin sensitivity and enhanced insulin response" in addition to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.  So keep drinking your morning cup of joe (stick to no more than 3 cups)... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: As a diabetic you should avoid soda, energy drinks, and any “ade” products on the market because they are made with high-calorie sweeteners and have very few, if any, nutrients in them.  Not only will it cause a spike in blood sugar levels, but these drinks may also contribute to weight gain because of the excess amount of calories they contain.  If you are a regular consumer of these particular beverages try switching to diet products... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Wyckoff, Nutrition Student
Answer: Low-calorie and calorie-free "diet" drinks such as flavored seltzers, iced or hot tea, black coffee, diet ginger ale and Fresca are great alternative to sodas, fruit punch and other sugar-filled drinks.  You might also want to consider Lipton and Crystal Light To Go packets, which are great for flavoring water... (click for entire response)


Still interested in volunteering as a Nutrition Editor at FOODPICKER.org?

If you have not yet gotten started but still want to contribute, contact us and we will send you further instructions.

E-mail Christine at nutrition@foodpicker.org to get started.



Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

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