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...
I don’t eat grains. It has been the key to my maintaining the weight I lost from my bariatric surgery in 2003. Eating grain-free and high protein also has been vital in maximizing my results from body contouring plastic surgery in 2013. Eating grain-free is not some crash diet fad that I made up. Many people around the worldwide champion the Primal (or Paleo) way of eating, which challenges many well-accepted elements of the standard American diet.
Primal eating essentially follows the evolutionary model of meats, fish, greens, nuts, vegetables and limited fruits. It claims that carbohydrates in grain form, especially the highly-processed varieties found in most restaurant and prepared items, are simply not a good energy source for human health. In particular, it asserts that refined carbohydrates are a primary factor in contributing to obesity, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, lack of energy, inflammation, metabolic syndrome or "Syndrome X" and heart disease. All...
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
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