Low-carb advocates are already jumping all over the American Diabetes Association for the new “Nutrition Recommendations” that the organization published yesterday. That policy statement, published in a supplement to the January 2008 issue of Diabetes Care, provides only limited endorsement of a low-carb diet. It’s good only for weight loss and only effective for up to a year, they maintain.
All the real diet books say to start with a food diary. For the 85 percent of those of us with diabetes who are overweight or obese and are presumably trying to get down to something more healthy that sounds easy enough.
Nutritionists used to say that a carb is a carb is a carb. Now that they understand the glycemic index they know that’s not true.
They also used to say that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. But now we have evidence that this isn’t true either.
One of the advantages of having diabetes is the chance to try all sorts of different, new, and exciting foods. Maybe you haven’t experienced that yet, but people all over the country keep sending me diabetes-friendly products to try.
Most of them are healthy and tasty. Anyway, none of them have poisoned me yet. One of the most surprisingly good foods that I’ve had the pleasure of eating arrived a couple of days ago.
The growing movement to eat locally grown food attracts most people because it’s good for the planet. But it’s good for our own bodies too.
Those of us who have diabetes are especially concerned with good nutrition. We have to be sure to get high quality without the large quantity of food that most of our fellow Americans eat. Earlier I wrote here that we know that organic food is more nutrient dense than the standard supermarket stuff.