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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

Over the course of the FOOODPICKER.org project, we have encountered some foods and restaurants providing insufficient nutrition data (e.g. no cholesterol, sodium, or fiber) and therefore have not been able to add them to the database.  This is unfortunate because with full information disclosure consumers can make better decisions (that's the hope anyway).  Fortunately, there's some promising new legislation in this arena.

Recently passed health care laws will require restaurants with 20 or more locations to list calorie content on restaurant menus and have other nutrient information (including fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, sugars, fiber, and protein) available in writing upon request in 2011.  New Labeling Requirements

In my opinion, this means there will be more demand for nutrition analysis by Registered Dietitians in the very near future.

Have a great week!

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


This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Ann H. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: motivation & diabetes?

I have diabetes and I'm having trouble staying consistent and motivated.  I'm usually good for about 2 weeks and then I go back to my old ways of eating and lack of exercise.  How can I stay motivated?

After you answer a question on your blog please e-mail nutrition@foodpicker.org with the link (so we know that you posted).  The deadline is every Sunday at midnight.  We will post several responses in our next newsletter!

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Last week's question:

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)?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Your friend is correct, there are “healthier” fats and “unhealthier” fats.  Unhealthy fats can make insulin resistance worse, meaning your body doesn’t respond to the insulin it’s producing.  Unhealthy fats can also increase your risk for heart -related diseases and obesity.  The following are different types of fatty acids, which establish whether or not a fat is “good” or “bad”... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Monounsaturated fat, a type of unsaturated fat, is found in oils such as canola and olive oil. These fats are often referred to as the ‘healthier’ fats as they help raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).  This type of fat can also be found in nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios, and fatty fish such as salmon and tilapia... (click for entire response)

Jenifer Kayan, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: "Fat" has a bad reputation, but in reality, fats are a necessary part of a balanced diet.  The hard part is determining which types of fats you should eat.  There are two main types of fats: Saturated fats and trans fats.  These are considered to the "bad fats".  Saturated fats are found in butter and animal fats... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, MS
Answer: Great question. Fats, especially healthy fats, are a topic that confuses most people.  The healthy fats usually have “unsaturated” somewhere in their name.  Some healthy fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which are both liquid at room temperature.  Monounsaturated fats are plant oils (canola, peanut, olive, etc.), avocados, nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans), and seeds (pumpkin, sesame).  Some research suggests that monounsaturated fats lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. ... (click for entire response)

Lauren Todd, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Unfortunately, many popular diets out there demand that dieters give up entire food groups.  In reality, a balanced diet should have ample amounts of fats, carbohydrates, and protein.  Not all fats are created equally.  Saturated fats are derived primarily from animal sources, such as whole milk, cheese, and meat.  These fats can be dangerous; if you eat a high amount for a long period of time, they can build up on your arteries and lead to heart disease.  Even worse are trans fats, which are found in some processed and baked goods.  For this reason, you should limit foods containing high amounts of saturated and trans fat in your diet.... (click for entire response)

Tameshia Ballon, Nutrition Student
Answer: With the many fad diets and fat-free diet trends, it’s easy to become confused on the purpose of fat and their role in our diet.  First let me start off by saying that not all fats are bad.  We need fat in our daily diets and without it our body would not function properly.  However, there is a limit on the amount of fat we should consume daily and recommendations on the types of fats we should consume.  According to the American Heart Association, we should: Limit total fat intake to less than 25-35% of total calories daily... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, Nutrition Student
Answer: If you see the ingredient list contains the words "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated", it contains trans fat.  Some tips on reducing saturated fat intake: 1. choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products, 2. choose lean cuts of meat such as sirloin and eye of round, 3. use cooking spray instead of butter.  All fats are high in calories so make sure to use just a little.... (click for entire response)

Jennifer Wyckoff, Nutrition Student
Answer: GOOD fats are known as the monounsaturated fats.  These fats are typically liquid at room temperature.  Examples would be vegetable oils such as olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil and canola oil.  Other sources of monounsaturated fats are a variety of nuts (macadamia, hazelnuts, pecans) avocados, peanut butter, fish (salmon, herring), etc... (click for entire response)

Yi-Ming Law, Nutrition Student
Answer: Not only does the type of fat you consume matter, but how much you consume also plays a role in overall health.  Fats aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E, & K and food components like carotenoids.  The Dietary Guidelines recommend 20-35% of the daily caloric intake come from fats.  Let's look where these types of fats are found... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: It is a common misconception that fat is bad for you, and that there is only one type of fat out there.  What you need to know is that there are many different types of fats found in foods.  The hard part is differentiating between the “good” kind and the “bad” kind, but once you are able to distinguish between the two your dietary choices are easier to make... (click for entire response)


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

FOODPICKER.org Contributors:  Suzanne Celentano

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

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