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January 2010
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Other Nutrition News

Ad Is Hard to Stomach—in a Good Way?
The NYC health department is taking a stab at soda, hoping to dissuade viewers from drinking themselves fat using some rather grotesque images, reports a NY news source.

Very–Low-Calorie Diets: Unsafe Without Supervision
Sure, these diets can help people who are severely obese lose weight—but they “are not without risk,” quotes a CNN health article.

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Editor’s E-Note

The world of nutrition wouldn’t be the same without debate. While some dietitians teach clients and patients with diabetes to beware high-glycemic foods, others believe that doing so may dissuade them from consuming some healthy items that happen to rate high on the glycemic scale—carrots and potatoes, to name a couple.

This month’s E-News Exclusive discusses some of the current controversies surrounding the glycemic index and details a study from the Ohio State University that found encouraging patients to pay heed to the types of carbohydrates they choose to eat is beneficial.

Please enjoy the newsletter and while online, pay us a visit on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out our January print issue, which features a Q & A with David Katz on solutions to reversing America’s obesity epidemic and a professional planner that includes suggested activities all dietitians may consider trying this year, such as starting a nutrition newsletter and using social media to increase their exposure.

Happy New Year to all.

— Heather W. Gurk, editor
E-News Exclusive

Glycemic Index Education May Lead to Better Diabetes Control

Nine weeks of education about the glycemic index in foods is enough to encourage adults with type 2 diabetes to adopt better dietary habits that result in improvements to their health, suggests recent research published in Public Health Nutrition.

Participants in a clinical trial attended weekly sessions to learn about the potential benefits of low­–glycemic-index foods. After nine weeks, the participants had adopted a lower glycemic-index diet and recorded lower weight, smaller waists, and improved blood sugar levels. When they were tested again another nine weeks later—during which time they received no additional education—the participants had maintained most of those improvements.

The research addresses a controversy in the nutrition community: Some practitioners believe the principles behind maintaining a low–glycemic-index diet are too complicated for average consumers.


Field Notes

Poor Access to Nutritious Food May Harm Health of People With Diabetes

Preparing a healthy meal loaded with fresh vegetables seems like an easy thing to do. But some people living with diabetes have poor access to nutritious food, which may have a detrimental effect on their health and well-being, according to a new study led by Ryerson University and published in Diabetes Care.

“Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires a healthy diet to manage the disease,” says Enza Gucciardi, PhD, an assistant professor in Ryerson’s School of Nutrition. “Being food insecure and having diabetes appears to make this population extremely vulnerable to poor mental and physical health.”

Household food insecurity (HFI) refers to the inability of people to access safe and nutritious foods, which can pose serious health challenges for some people with diabetes. Some possible causes may be limited income, poor access to fresh fruits and vegetables for people living in remote communities, or a lack of ethnic foods consumed by individuals from diverse backgrounds in their daily diets.


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In the February issue

Latest research on dietary protein

Cutting sugar intake to meet AHA recommendations

Essential fats for vegetarians

Does nutrition education work for modifying diets for heart health?

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