Probiotics and Prebiotics

This article describes what probiotics and prebiotics are, how they can help you, and how they might in some cases be harmful — so that you can have a better idea whether adding them to your diet is right for you…

The Benefits of Mindful Eating

In addition to adjusting what you eat to manage your diabetes, it might be equally helpful to change how you eat. Certain “mindless eating” habits might influence not only what you eat, but also how much, most likely causing you to eat more than you wanted or intended…

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Functional Foods

Chances are that you’ve heard the phrase “functional foods,” but maybe you aren’t sure just what it refers to. Rest assured that most functional foods are not foods created in a laboratory somewhere, but instead are many of the foods you probably eat every day…

What Really Determines What We Eat

Most of us believe that how much we eat is mainly determined by how hungry we are. While we might acknowledge that others could be influenced by colorful food packages, special lighting, or the size of the plate, we all think we are too smart to be swayed by such gimmicks. But that’s where we’re wrong…

Glycemic Index Update

The term glycemic index was coined by researchers more than 30 years ago, and it offered a new way of classifying foods containing carbohydrate according to their effect on blood glucose level following a meal…

Intuitive Eating

The secret to managing your diabetes lies in learning to celebrate food and its amazing ability to nourish you. A new approach to diabetes management that emphasizes wellness rather encourages people to trust their body to guide them in making nourishing food choices…

Anti-Inflammatory Diets

A quick perusal of the Web or the health and diet section of any bookstore will turn up a number of articles and books with the word “inflammation” in the title. Authors blame the insidious condition for everything from hay fever and depression to crow’s feet; many assure readers that adherence to their specialized, anti-inflammation diet plan will help them shed pounds, banish pain, and reverse the clock…

Steak or Potatoes?

Popular diet books have long recommended limiting particular types of macronutrients – usually carbohydrate or fat – to bring about weight loss and improve overall health. Some have additionally encouraged an increased intake of protein, the third type of macronutrient in the human diet, for the same reasons. While not all popular diet books address diabetes, many suggest that their recommendations can help with blood glucose control as well as weight loss…

Is Going Organic the Way to Go?

As a person with diabetes, you’ve most likely given some thought to what you choose to eat. Perhaps you’re counting carbohydrates or following a tailored eating plan; maybe you’re careful to make heart-healthy food choices or are trying to incorporate…

Choosing a Multivitamin

A good diet can supply most if not all of the vitamins and minerals you need. But maintaining such a diet day in and day out can be a challenge, which is why many people take a daily multivitamin–multimineral supplement as a form of insurance…