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Coconut water entered the market with a bang and now, years later, the chime from that initial boom still can be heard. The question at hand is whether that explosive entry was a legitimate mover and shaker moment, or just an over-hyped noise.
When it made its American market debut, coconut water carried with it some pretty bold contentions. It was said to be able to combat viruses, kidney disease, and osteoporosis.
It was claimed that coconut water could help resist bacteria and fungi. Not only that, but it could boost thyroid function, improve control of blood sugar, increase energy and digestion, lower cholesterol, and help to control weight.
As it turned out, the contentions about coconut water were more sound and fury than science-based fact . Claims that it was a superior choice for athletes were exaggerated as well. It seems that coconut water has no advantage over sports drinks or, for that matter, plain old water when it comes to hydrating fo...
It is especially important for those of us who have diabetes to drink a lot of water, as unexciting as it is compared with all the other beverages that we have available. So I do my best to make it a bit more exciting. For starters, I filter all my tap water, even though Boulder, Colorado, where I live, has perhaps the highest rated water supply in the country. We are, after all, the only American city that owns its own glacier, and because it is melting so fast we have a lot of runoff! Then, I keep a couple of canteens in the fridge all the time. Cold water tastes better to me, perhaps because it reminds me of drinking out of cool mountain streams, something that I could do when I was a kid. Now, I often drink carbonated water. For years I bought plastic (and sometimes glass) bottles of the stuff at supermarkets. I tried all the brands of sparkling water and finally found one that I really like, Germany's Gerolsteiner , and available only in high end markets, like Whole Foods...
If you believed everything that you read here, there is almost nothing that you can put in your mouth and hope to live a healthy life with diabetes. This is particularly true if you have gastroparesis or paralyzed stomach, as I wrote here recently .
In that blog entry I quoted the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases . They say that to treat gastroparesis you need to avoid fats and eat less fiber.
My friend Gretchen Becker threw that quote back at me. Gretchen has written several books including one of the two best books about diabetes, The First Year-Type 2 Diabetes: an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed .
“OK. We’re avoiding carbs, avoiding fats, and avoiding fiber,” she says. “That doesn't leave a lot to eat,” she continues. “Low-GI foods are high in fiber. Pure protein diet? And of course we can only boil that protein or we’ll get AGEs in our food. If we followed all these recommendations, our life would be pretty grim.”
She’s right. Of cour...
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