Of the three cornerstones of diabetes control – nutrition, exercise, and medication – nutrition has to be the most interesting. That’s especially true because none of us knows much about it.
The food choices on my diet are easy. What I eat must taste great and provide great nutrition. Great taste is subjective and certainly varies from person to person. But great nutrition is objective.
All of us are still learning about nutrition. But we do know the foods that are good for us and those that we should avoid.
The American Diabetes Association’s nutrition recommendations just came out, and I am disappointed.
This ADA position statement for 2006 updates the 2004 recommendations. The organization’s nutrition recommendations are the most influential – and controversial – recommendations that the ADA makes.
How much we eat matters. It determines our size, which in turn is the most important part of controlling our diabetes.
But what determines how much we eat? It can’t be just because we are hungry, since almost everyone overeats sometimes. We get cues from our environment.