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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

We've added a Body Calculator to the Diabetes Tools link above.  Use it to calculate:
  • Calories needed to maintain body weight,
  • Body Mass Index (indicator for disease based on body weight),
  • Ideal body weight based on height & frame size
Weight: (lbs) Height: (inches)
Age: (years) Gender:

Please let me know what other tools would be useful in this area:  Diabetes Tools

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


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This week's question for your nutrition blog:

From: Sheila T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: rye or sourdough bread?

My husband has diabetes and we always eat whole wheat bread but wanted something different for a change.  Is rye bread or sourdough bread as good of an option as whole wheat?

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!

Example: Christine's Blog


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

FOODPICKER.org Contributors:  Tina Parce & Leslie Rathon

Last week's question:

From: Robert S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: how much protein should I get?

Since I've been diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of people have given me advice about how much carbohydrate and fat to eat.  I'm wondering about protein.  How much protein should I get in my diet and from what foods besides meat?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Brittany Wright, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Since the name of the game in diabetes management is consuming a balanced diet, protein recommendations are the same as for a person without diabetes.  Most individuals require about 0.8 g protein per kilogram of body weight.  Example... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: There are many other sources of protein other than meat: Legumes are good sources of protein.  Chickpeas, beans, and lentils can be used in many delicious ways and are full of nutrients... (click for entire response)

Ashley Meuser, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: It is recommended that about 10-20% of your daily calories come from protein.  Eating protein with a carbohydrate slows down the absorption of the carbohydrate.  There are plenty of foods other than meats that have protein... (click for entire response)

Iliana Roldan, BS
Answer: Getting enough protein from food is easier than you may think, and most Americans actually get too much protein in their diets without realizing it.  When protein compromises... (click for entire response)

Katrina Keyser, BS
Answer: If you decided to eat meats do not forget that roasting, broiling, grilling, baking, poaching, and steaming, are all better instead of frying.  Foods that provide protein are beans, edamame, hummus, soy burgers, nuts, tofu, egg whites, egg substitute (egg beaters), cottage cheese, and etc.  One thing to look out for though when choosing meat substitutes is that they could also count as starches... (click for entire response)

Rasha Husseini, BS
Answer: When choosing protein sources in your diet, go for low or non-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt and buy lean cuts of meat and poultry.  It is also recommended to remove the skin and trim excess fat from meat and poultry before cooking to reduce your overall intake of fat... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Obermeyer, Nutrition Student
Answer: People with diabetes are always getting bombarded with information regarding carbohydrate intake, but it is important to be aware of the guidelines for intake of the other macronutrient groups as well... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are a lot of different ways of getting protein into your diet without eating meat. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt pack in a great amount of whey proteins and also contain a significant amount of calcium.  With these products try to reach for the low-fat alternatives to help enhance weight loss or maintenance... (click for entire response)

Carol Carr, Nutrition Student
Answer: A typically protein requirement is 0.8 g per kilogram of body weight for healthy individuals.  However, it is always best to check with your doctor, especially if you have kidney problems... (click for entire response)

Yi-Ming Law, Nutrition Student
Answer: Simplified and represented on a plate, this would equate to 3 oz of lean meat or fish the size of a deck of cards and the other 75% of your plate consisting of whole grains, colorful vegetables, and the other food groups... (click for entire response)


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