Those of us who have diabetes have something to smile about when we learn that a tasty food we love to eat but we thought was bad for us is actually good. As I ate my blueberries this week I experienced those smiles. Nobody likes blueberries more than I do. But the few times I have eaten them lately have been guilty pleasures. That’s because blueberries are high in carbohydrates, which can wreck havoc with our blood glucose control. Blueberries seemed to decrease inflammation when researchers tested them in animals. In spite of their carb content animals appeared to have lower BG levels when they ate their berries. But until now we didn’t know much about what blueberries would do for people. So Drs. William Cefalu and associates set out to study what blueberries might do for us. They work at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a part of the Louisiana State University System. They didn’t study people with diabetes. Instead, for six weeks they studied 32 obese peop...
It is important to eat nutrient-rich foods for good health. This is especially important if you are following a calorie-restricted diet. You'll need to get the maximum nutrients from your food given that you are eating less of it, in order to achieve and maintain good health.
Low on the glycemic index and just 85 calories per cup, blueberries are one of the very best fruits for dieters to eat. Blueberries are full of flavor and packed with fiber, phytonutrients, favonoids, vit. C, and manganese.
Be sure to choose organic wild blueberry varieties fresh in season or frozen. Conventionally-grown domestic blueberries are on the "Dirty Dozen" list , meaning that they test positive for at least 47 different chemicals.
Here's the skinny on the amazing health benefits of blueberries (infographic):
Courtesy of: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Fat is bad, right? I'm not talking about the fats we eat
here. I mean the fat on your body. The less fat, the healthier you are.
Everyone knows that.
But maybe everyone is wrong.
New research in the laboratory of C. Ronald Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes
Center suggests that some fat, namely subcutaneous fat, may actually be healthy
and may protect people from getting metabolic diseases like diabetes .
There are two basic classes of fat in the body: brown fat
and white fat. Brown fat seems to serve as a heat source, and this is an
important function in many animals. For example, newborn lambs have brown fat
around their kidneys, and when they're born in subzero weather, this fat is
burned to produce heat and keep them from freezing to death.
I used to breed my sheep, and if I found a dead recently
born lamb, I could look at the kidneys to see if they contained brown fat. If
they did, the lamb had probably been stillborn. If the brown fat was gone,
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