Although you’d like to forget about your diabetes while you’re on vacation, you actually need to spend a little bit of extra time making sure that you stay healthy while you’re traveling (Traveling with Diabetes Supplies).

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Probiotics (Probiotics for Diabetics) are beneficial forms of gut bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines. They help stimulate the natural digestive juices and enzymes that keep our digestive organs functioning properly. The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. The largest group of probiotic bacteria in the intestine is lactic acid bacteria, of whichLactobacillus acidophilus, is found in yogurt with live cultures. Yeast is also a probiotic substance. You can support your probiotic intake by eating foods that are a host to these live bacteria.

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Avocado History: On May 15, 1915, in the posh new Hotel Alexandria in Los Angeles, a cadre of California farmers gathered to decide the fate of a new crop. The ahuacate, a pebbly-skinned, pear-shaped fruit, had been a staple food in Mexico, and Central and South America since 500 B.C. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors fell in love with the fruit after observing its prized status among the Aztecs. Until the early 1900s, this fruit had never been grown commercially in the United States. Is Avocado Good For Diabetics? Read more

Iron Rich Diets & Diabetes

Iron is a mineral found in every cell of the body. Iron is considered an essential mineral because it is needed to make part of blood cells. The human body needs iron (Iron Supplements For Diabetics) to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and myoglobin is found in muscles.

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Healthy eating has never been easier, thanks to the food nutrition label. Most foods in the grocery store have a nutrition label and an ingredient list(How to Read Food Labels). Claims like “low cholesterol” and “fat-free” can be used only on a label if a food meets legal standards set by the government.

Reading the nutrition label can help you choose foods that make up a healthful diet. Eating a healthful diet can help reduce your risk factors for certain diseases. For example, too much-saturated fat and cholesterol can possibly raise blood cholesterol (a risk factor for heart disease). Too much sodium may be linked to high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Being healthy daily is up to you. In addition to eating a balanced, nutritious diet daily also stay active, do not smoke, and watch your weight.

Here is a chart that provides some keywords and health claims on product labels, and what they mean as defined by the government.
For example:

If a food claims to be… It means that one serving of the product contains…
Calorie free Less than 5 calories
Sugar free Less than 0.5 grams of sugar
Fat free Less than 0.5 grams of fat
Low fat 3 grams of fat or less
Reduced fat or less fat At least 25 percent less fat than the regular product
Low in saturated fat 1 gram of saturated fat or less, with not more than 15 percent of the calories coming from saturated fat
Lean Less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol
Extra lean Less than 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol
Light (lite) At least one-third fewer calories or no more than half the fat of the regular product, or no more than half the sodium of the regular product
Cholesterol free Less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams (or less) of saturated fat
Low cholesterol 20 or fewer milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat
Reduced cholesterol At least 25 percent less cholesterol than the regular product and 2 grams or less of saturated fat
Sodium free or no sodium Less than 5 milligrams of sodium and no sodium chloride in ingredients
Very low sodium 35 milligrams or less of sodium
Low sodium 140 milligrams or less of sodium
Reduced or less sodium At least 25 percent less sodium than the regular product
High fiber 5 grams or more of fiber
Good source of fiber 2.5 to 4.9 grams of fiber

If you can’t remember the definitions of all of the terms, use these general guidelines instead:

  • “Free” means the food has the least possible amount of the specified nutrient.
  • “Very Low” and “Low” mean the food has a little more than foods labeled “Free.”
  • “Reduced” or “Less” means the food has 25 percent less of a specific nutrient than the regular version of the food.

Here are a few more tips for getting as much health information as possible from the Nutrition Facts label:

  • Remember that the information shown in these panels is based on 2,000 calories a day. You may need to consume less or more than 2,000 calories depending upon your age, gender, activity level, and whether you’re trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight.
  • In general, as you think about the number of calories in a food per serving, remember that for a 2,000-calorie diet:
    40 calories per serving are considered low;
    100 calories per serving are considered moderate; and
    400 calories or more per serving is considered high.
  • When the Nutrition Facts label says a food contains “0 g” of trans fat, but includes “partially hydrogenated oil” in the ingredient list, it means the food contains trans fat, but less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. So, if you eat more than one serving, you could quickly reach your daily limit of trans fat. Be careful!

When it comes to knowing the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, it can get confusing! A simple distinction is to know that what is commonly marked as a “yam” is actually a sweet potato that was grown in the Southern United States. Generally speaking, the terms are used interchangeably, but the United States Department of Agriculture requires that the label “yam” always be accompanied by “sweet potato” for clarification. Are Sweet Potatoes Good for diabetics?

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Almost one third of people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it. The symptoms of diabetes seem so harmless and often get disregarded as part of just getting older. This blog goes into the main types of diabetes and the most common symptoms related to each of them to help you better understand diabetes and how to identify it before it’s too late.

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Choosing a healthy breakfast cereal (Best Breakfast Cereal for Diabetics) can sometimes be confusing and very time-consuming.  The cereal aisle is a long one!  There are cereals made with refined grains which mean they hardly have any fiber, there are cereals with more added sugar than some boxes of cookies, and there are cereals made with whole grains and bran that can contain an amazing 7 grams or more of fiber.

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Antioxidants have received a lot of attention in recent years, in relation to wellness and disease prevention. More studies are needed to better understand how antioxidants (Best Antioxidant for Diabetes) may affect diabetes management and treatment.

Several vitamins and minerals are classified as antioxidants. An antioxidant is a substance that reduces cellular damage. Our bodies produce some antioxidants naturally. Certain foods are also good sources of antioxidants. It’s well accepted that eating foods rich in antioxidants is a healthful thing to do. The jury is split on whether or not to use vitamin supplements to further boost antioxidant intake. Some studies show benefit from supplementing with antioxidant vitamins, while other studies aren’t so conclusive.

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