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Nutrition Q&A Newsletter:

Message from Christine:

Hi Everyone! 

We've added a new "menu driven" navigation system to the website based on visitor feedback.

For example, notice the Canned Food category (left).  When a visitor clicks a food category all of the sub categories are displayed.

Please click around and let me know what you think of the new menu system:  nutrition@foodpicker.org

Thank you for your efforts and make it a great week!

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


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

FOODPICKER.org Contributors: 

Lauren White, Iris Pacheco, and Lauren Ahola

This week's question for your nutrition blog:

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

My husband was diagnosed with diabetes as few months ago and has been working hard to lose weight and control his blood sugar.  Each year we have a family gathering for thanksgiving that includes lots of food (large turkey dinner with all the trimmings and assorted pies & cakes for dessert).  What are your suggestions to ensure my husband doesn't overeat but also does not feel deprived this thanksgiving?

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: Ellen C. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: diabetes & soup?

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last spring.  I enjoy eating hearty soups in the fall and winter months.  Can I still eat soup?  Are there any soups that are better for me to eat than others?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Jenifer Kayan, RD, LDN (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Studies have shown that soup can actually increase your satiety if eaten prior to a meal. Use these tips to help you select a healthy option. If you can, make your own soup! Canned or ready made soups are usually high in sodium, so be sure to investigate the nutrition facts prior to purchasing and consuming... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Yes, there are some soups that are better choices than others. If made a certain way, soup can be a very healthy and economic meal as well as be a part of any healthy eating plan. Soups made with large amounts of cream or cheese (i.e. chowders) are high in fat and calories... (click for entire response)

Jacqueline MacLasco, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Taking in all of those options regarding ingredients, it is then important to think about the burning question of, how much should I actually have? 1 cup is the standard serving size for soup. All soup of this serving size have 1 carbohydrate exchange or 15g of carbohydrates. The variation when looking at cream based soups is the addition of 1-1 1/2 fat exchanges... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
Answer: A person with type 2 diabetes can certainly enjoy soup! The key is to steer clear of soups that are cream based since they are high in fat (and thus high in calories as well). Here are some tips for enjoying soup on chilly fall and winter days... (click for entire response)

Iris Pacheco, Nutrition Graduate Student
Answer: Soups can still be a hearty addition to your dietary intake during the fall and winter. Just watch for the salt (sodium) content in them... (click for entire response)

Krista Neugebauer, Nutrition Student
Answer: Soups are very popular as the months begin to cool off and are an easy way to consume many types of vegetables. So yes, you can still eat soup but you would want to choose soups with low or no sodium added. Making your own soup is one of the best ways to avoid throwing out older vegetables and decreasing your sodium intake... (click for entire response)

Bernadette Prue, Nutrition Student
Answer: Find or make your own fat-free, low sodium broth and then add frozen or fresh vegetables, lean meats that have been trimmed then baked, boiled or grilled, and if desired, add whole-wheat noodles to make it a complete meal. You can also add different varieties of dried or low sodium, rinsed canned beans to add protein, fiber and flavor. Jazz it up with your choice of fresh or dried salt-free herbs and spices... (click for entire response)

Kristin Speikers, Nutrition Student
Answer: Soups that should be chosen are definitely the low fat, low sodium soups. Cream based provides a lot more calories than broth based soup. When you eat the broth soups, especially if you make them on your own, you can monitor what goes into them, such as reducing the sodium, adding more vegetables, and you can make sure that your getting a good variety of nutrients... (click for entire response)

Stephanie Garcia, Nutrition Student
Answer: Choose soups that are rich in lentils, barley, beans, wild rice, and vegetables because they will provide plenty of fiber. Choose clear broth soups instead of thick creamy soups because they contain less fat and calories compared to thick creamy soups... (click for entire response)

Jordan Jones, Nutrition Student
Answer: Try to make the soup yourself. The surefire way to know what is in it is to be the chef! Have fun exploring different vegetables and vegetable combinations in your soup. Be creative!!! Enjoy the process of making your soup and enjoy eating the soup you made... (click for entire response)

Jessamyn Almenas, Nutrition Student
Answer: Soups are nourishing meals to choose from and most are low in fat and calories. They are also a nutritive way to eat vegetables since vitamins are retained in the broth as opposed to cooked vegetables which sometime leak out the vitamins in the cooking water... (click for entire response)

Jasmina Popovski, Nutrition Student
Answer: Soup can be a low-carbohydrate meal, it is filling and can contain lots of vitamins and minerals. They can also help you get more vegetables and protein into your diet. Add some of your own ingredients to give these soups your own special flair... (click for entire response)

Carly Shepherd, BS
Answer: Look for soups with low calories, low sodium, and low in fat. It is also important to look for fiber, which can be found in many vegetable soups. This is a great way to eat your recommended daily amount of vegetables... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Obermeyer, Nutrition Student
Answer: As always, make sure to include lots of vegetables! Also, bean soups are a great source of fiber, and very tasty and filling... (click for entire response)


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The goal of this website includes advancing the field of Dietetics.  Please feel free to post questions & comments such as:
  • What trends in dietetics do you see in 2011?
  • Any new nutrition websites/blogs that you like?
  • Can you pass on any career enhancement suggestions?
  • Are you working on any cool nutrition projects?

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