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Is Greek Yogurt Good For Diabetics?

Can Diabetics Eat Yogurt?

Can Diabetics Eat Yogurt?

Diabetes, a metabolic disorder that disrupts insulin production, affected 23.6 million Americans in 2007, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes requires dietary adjustments to keep blood sugar levels within an acceptable range. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, including those in the eyes and kidneys. Diabetics can eat any food, as long as they incorporate it into their daily carbohydrate allowance. Video of the Day Diabetic Food Plan Every diabetic should follow a food plan designed specifically for them. Overweight diabetics will follow a reduced-calorie eating plan which also limits daily carbohydrates. Diabetic diets generally restrict carbohydrate intake to a certain number of carbohydrates per meal or per day. Although complex carbohydrates such as whole grains add more nutritional value than simple sugars found in sweets, you can eat sweets in moderation, as long as your carbohydrate count remains within limits. People on a 1,600- to 2,000-per-day calorie level, for example, can eat eight starches per day, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. The nutritional value of yogurt depends on the type you eat. Full-fat Fage plain Greek yogurt contains 20 grams of fat, 31 percent of your daily fat intake, and 16 g of saturated fat, 80 percent of your daily intake, while its 2 percent contains 4 g of fat, 3 g from saturated fats. Fage fat-free brand has no fat at all. Fage plain 2 percent yogurt has 8 g of carbohydrate compared to 19 g, all from sugar, for the strawberry flavor. Dannon’s Fruit on the Bottom strawberry contains even more sugar, 28 g. A serving also contains approximately 6 to 17 g of protein, depending on the type of yogurt and container size. Yogurt supplies an excellent so Continue reading >>

Choosing The Best Yogurt For You

Choosing The Best Yogurt For You

Have you taken a good hard look at the dairy case lately? If it’s a lot bigger than you remember, it’s likely because yogurt has commandeered much of the space. With so many flavors and varieties to choose from, it can be tricky to figure out what to buy. What is yogurt? Yogurt is probably one of the oldest foods around. The word yogurt is Turkish in origin, and it’s thought that it dates back to the Neolithic people of Central Asia around 6000 B.C. Yogurt was actually “discovered” accidentally: herdsman would carry milk in animal stomachs. The enzymes from the stomachs curdled the milk, turning it into what we know today as yogurt. Turkish immigrants brought yogurt to North American in the 1700s but it really caught on in the 1940s when the son of the Danone company founder started a small yogurt factory in the Bronx. We now know this company now as Dannon. Why eat yogurt? Yogurt has a lot going for it. It’s rich in a number of nutrients, including: • Calcium • Protein • Potassium • Magnesium • Vitamin D • Vitamin B-12 • Vitamin B-2 Protein and magnesium are two key nutrients for diabetes management. Protein provides a feeling of fullness and can even out blood sugar levels. Magnesium helps improve insulin sensitivity, which can also help improve blood sugar levels. Along with the above nutrients, yogurt contains probiotics, also known as “good” bacteria. While more research is needed, evidence points to these friendly bacteria as helping to boost the immune system, improving digestion, preventing urinary tract infections, and easing certain skin conditions, such as eczema. Yogurt’s darker side Sugar: While yogurt seems to be bursting with nutrition, some types of yogurt contain ingredients that aren’t so healthful. Many yogurts on the Continue reading >>

A Healthy Diet For Prediabetes

A Healthy Diet For Prediabetes

Source: Web exclusive, September 2011 Prediabetes: What does it mean? A diagnosis of prediabetes is a warning sign about your health, but it’s not a life sentence. Prediabetes means having blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet in the territory of diabetes ‘ and you can easily make changes that will improve your health and lower your risk of developing diabetes and its related complications. ‘Diet, in combination with activity, can have a considerable impact on the development of Type 2 diabetes,’ says New Brunswick-based registered dietitian Michelle Corcoran, who works with clients who have prediabetes, Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. And according to the Canadian Diabetes Association, two large studies have shown that by cutting calories, reducing fat intake and exercising at least 150 minutes a week, the number of participants who progressed from prediabetes to diabetes was lowered by 58 percent. That said, prediabetes is a diagnosis that should be taken seriously. While not everyone diagnosed with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes, many will’and people with prediabetes are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Losing weight will make a difference, if you need to’a drop of even five to 10 percent can lower your risk, Corcoran says. Follow these healthy diet guidelines to improve the health of everyone in the family, no matter what their current situation. Whole grains for a healthy diet Consuming whole grains has been shown to lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says Corcoran: ‘People who consume three servings a day are almost one-third less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who consume three servings a week.’ Boost your intake by choosing whole-grain products rather than refined wherever p Continue reading >>

What's The Best Yogurt For People With Diabetes?

What's The Best Yogurt For People With Diabetes?

Yogurt, typically made from cow's milk (however, nowadays there are many alternatives), is a source of carbohydrate which is also full of good bacteria, calcium, and protein. If you have diabetes, yogurt can be a smart food choice; however, the trick is to know which kind of yogurt to choose and which to skip out on. What to Look for in a Yogurt In the best kinds of yogurt, you get a good balance of protein and carbohydrate, along with calcium and healthy probiotics. You also don't get a lot of added sugar, additives, food coloring, or saturated fat. Choosing a low-fat or non-fat yogurt version can help you to reduce your total calorie intake as well as keep your saturated fat (the type of fat that increase bad LDL cholesterol) low. In addition, since yogurt is a source of carbohydrate, you'll want to choose a yogurt that is low in added sugars such as fruited yogurts or those yogurts with added granola, or other toppings that are rich in sugar. Therefore, it's best to choose plain, low-fat yogurt. If you need to add sweetness, top your yogurt with some berries or peaches. Frozen varieties can make your yogurt seem "syrup-y", too, for more fiber and less added sugar. Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt Greek yogurt is regular yogurt that's been strained, removing some of the whey and leaving behind a thicker, more protein-rich yogurt. Greek yogurt is readily available in regular grocery stores; find it in the refrigerated dairy section. Regular yogurt provides 5 grams of protein per 6-ounce serving, while Greek yogurt provides up to 20 grams, depending on the brand. Because it has more protein, Greek yogurt has about 1/3 the carbohydrate of regular yogurt. And, because lactose is a source of carbohydrate in dairy products, this means that many people find Greek yogurt easie Continue reading >>

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting On A Diet For My Diabetes

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting On A Diet For My Diabetes

Cases of people being newly diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise. Because of this many people are often misinformed about what it means to have diabetes (type 1 and type 2) and how you should be eating. Before you begin any crazy diabetic diet, its important to take a step back and learn as much as you can about your eating habits. Dont think just because you have diabetes you have to stop eating your favorite foods, this is as far from the truth as it can get. When I talked to those newly diagnosed about what they wish they knew before they started their new food journey with diabetes, they had some really good tips. I wanted to compile these amazing tips together in one convenient location so that you all could benefit from them. Before we continue with this article, I wanted to let you know we have researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to your diet and reverse your diabetes. Want to check out our insights? Download our free PDF Guide Power Foods to Eat here. When you eat food, it is broken down into glucose, or sugar. Glucose is responsible for providing your body with the energy it needs. In order to use the glucose as energy, your body requires insulin. When you have Type 1 diabetes , your body does not make its own insulin and requires injections for assistance with this. With type 2 diabetes , your body does not have the ability to make enough insulin or use it properly. Because the cells in your body cannot use the glucose as energy, this glucose stays in your bloodstream which leads to high blood sugar levels and potential problems. While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed. Learning to balance out the foods you eat with the proper treatment plan and exercise can help to keep your blood sugars within a healthy range. The Most Impo Continue reading >>

Greek Yogurt | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Greek Yogurt | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Hello, I saw that lots of people suggest greek yogurt. I tried the full fat variety and added a handful of blueberries and strawberries. My blood glucose approx 1.5 hrs after eating was at 9.7. Does anyone else have a problem with this. Tried weetabix yesterday and that put me up to 11. Yet a jkt potato eaten with a gammon steak only put me at 7. If anything I was expecting the potato to cause the most problems. Also with low carb approach do you count everything? Even citrus fruit and leafy veg? Im trying really hard and I honestly think Im making good choices yet still I cant get my glucose into the normal range. I am so far trying with diet and excerise alone - as recommended by nurse. any suggestions or comments greatly appreciated Greek yoghurt can vary in the amount of carbs @imperp Not only do the yoghurts differ in the carbs, check the labels, but I also find that I can tolerate fewer blueberries than raspberries or strawberries. Keep on testing and trying different combinations until you find what works for you. It looks as if you are lucky and can tolerate some potato at the moment but breakfast cereals are nearly all high in carbs and in particular wheat flour which you may find is another factor. Keep a record and good luck. Can I assume the potato and steak were eaten in the evening? We are generall ,ore carb sensative in the evening and more resistant in the morning. Loads of us don't tolerate carbs in the morning and do better with coffee and full fat cream or something along the lines od eggs with or without bacon. Fruit will spike me a bunch and a crazy bunch in the morning If you want to try yogurt again leave the fruit out or reduce Continue reading >>

Eating Yogurt May Cut Diabetes Risk, New Research Shows

Eating Yogurt May Cut Diabetes Risk, New Research Shows

Worried about the risk of developing diabetes? You might want to eat more yogurt. That's the takeaway from new research out of the University of Cambridge, which found that a significantly lower percentage of study subjects who ate yogurt at least four times a week developed diabetes than those who did not. Using data from a long-term study of the diets and health of 30,000 people in Norfolk, England, the researchers compared the diets of 753 participants who developed Type 2 diabetes over an 11-year period with 3,500 randomly selected people from the same population who remained healthy. The study, which was published yesterday in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, analyzed study participants' consumption of all dairy products as well as specific foods. Like all such studies, the research documents only an association and does not prove cause and effect, cautioned lead researcher Dr. Nita Forouhi, an epidemiology group leader at the Medical Research Council at the University of Cambridge. Nevertheless, yogurt contains calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and fatty acids, all of which have known health benefits, according to Forouhi. The fermentation process that turns milk into yogurt also produces probiotic bacteria and "specific types of vitamin K," that are known to be beneficial. While Forouhi and her team stopped short of identifying a mechanism for the protective effects of yogurt, it's likely that probiotic bacteria play a key role. Recent research has pointed towards the role of gut bacteria in mediating inflammation and thus increasing or decreasing the risk of numerous diseases including colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn's disease, as well as diabetes. In the last few years, studies have also su Continue reading >>

Two Thumbs Up For Yogurt

Two Thumbs Up For Yogurt

Yogurt is one of those foods that you just can’t say enough about. Yes, I’ve written about it in the past (several different times), but it seems like there’s always something to share about its health benefits — hence, the focus of my posting this week is, once again, yogurt. In case you’re interested, yogurt is a fermented food made from milk and/or cream. Bacteria are added to heated, pasteurized milk, which is then incubated at a specific temperature to encourage the growth of the bacteria. The bacteria break down the lactose (milk sugar) to lactic acid, which thickens the milk and gives it a tangy flavor. Once that’s done, the yogurt is cooled and at this point, sweeteners, fruit, or other ingredients may be added. It’s a pretty simple process and many people make their own yogurt at home. Two benefits Yogurt actually has many health benefits, but I wanted to focus on two in particular this week. Diabetes prevention. The CDC recently released their diabetes statistics report, and the results aren’t looking too good: Roughly 29 million people in the U.S. now have diabetes, and another 86 million have prediabetes. While diabetes prevention involves a number of lifestyle changes, including weight loss, you might be interested to know that yogurt may play a role. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England looked at data from more than 25,000 people, comparing the diets of 753 of those people who developed Type 2 diabetes with 3,502 people who did not get diabetes. Their findings? The folks who ate yogurt at least four-and-a-half times a week were significantly less likely to get diabetes than those who didn’t eat yogurt that often. What’s in yogurt that might be protective? There are a number of possible ingredients, including calcium, ma Continue reading >>

The Best Yogurt For People With Diabetes

The Best Yogurt For People With Diabetes

Yogurt can be one of the best foods for people with diabetes to eat. Or one of the worst. It is the probiotic food that we eat the most. These foods have friendly bacteria that help us to drive out the bad ones. This can be good for our health, the U.S. Government’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says. But to get this benefit from yogurt or other probiotic foods, we have to avoid any of them that say on the label that they were heat treated after culturing. That kills the active cultures. Even worse is when we eat the usual yogurt preparations that are loaded with added sugars. This includes not only frozen yogurts but also what most of us think of as regular yogurt. For example, a little 6-ounce container of “Yoplait Original Blackberry Harvest” sounds great. But its 13 ingredients include so much sugar that it packs 33 grams of carbohydrate, according to the Nutrition Facts label on the company’s website. When we want to eat a healthy yogurt, we have to start by limiting our selection to plain ones. Then, if we like, we can add a little fresh fruit and perhaps some non-caloric sweetener. I often add a few organic blueberries and a small sprinkling of stevia. Somebody asked me a few months ago if I could find any organic, Greek style, full fat, plain yogurt. I can’t. But we can come close. I recommend full fat yogurt, particularly for those of us who follow a low-carb diet, because non-fat or 2 percent yogurts always have added bulking agents that increase the carbs. They don’t taste as good either. I also recommend organic yogurt, but perhaps out of an excess of caution. I do eat organic fruit and vegetables whenever I have a choice, because I want to avoid consuming all the insecticides and herbicides conventional farmers spray Continue reading >>

9 Deliciously Sweet Summer Treats Even Diabetics Can Enjoy

9 Deliciously Sweet Summer Treats Even Diabetics Can Enjoy

Homemade frozen yogurt Courtesy Chobani The best part of a froyo cup is usually the sweet toppings like crushed cookies, gummy worms, or chopped candy bars you can pile on top. Unfortunately, they add more than a fun twist to dessert—extra calories, carbs, fat, and sugar can quickly add up to unhealthy levels, especially for people with diabetes who need to be critically mindful of what they’re putting in their body in order to keep blood glucose levels in a safe range. “People with diabetes can still enjoy a sweet treat on occasion when their blood sugar levels are well controlled. Try to keep portions small and limited to 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrate per serving,” says Melissa Matteo, MSRD, LD, CDE, a certified diabetes educator and registered dietician at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Instead, freeze Chobani’s blended Greek yogurt, which comes in seasonal flavors like watermelon and kiwi. Each cup has about 13 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein, and just 15 grams of carbs, the nutrient that raises blood sugar levels the most. Choose healthy toppings like a small handful of chopped nuts, which are filled with healthy fats, fiber, and protein; a small square of crushed antioxidant rich dark chocolate; or a sprinkle of sugar-free cocoa powder. The tasty JC’s Pie Pops may have been created by accident (a bowl of Italian custard accidentally froze solid instead of setting), but turns out they’re a sweet treat even diabetics can eat. JC's nudies are the best option, with just 18 grams of carbs, four grams of fat, and 120 calories a pop. If you're indulging in a sweet treat, be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels extra carefully and keep careful track of your sugar and carbohydrate intake to ensure you're not overdoing it the rest of the day Continue reading >>

Type Ii Diabetics – Best And Worst Foods

Type Ii Diabetics – Best And Worst Foods

Having diabetes can make dining out a nightmare, but knowing what the best and worst foods for type II diabetics can help you manage and even cure it! There is a sort of balancing act that has to happen to keep the body’s blood sugar levels in the right range without getting too hungry. That’s why it’s just as important to know what NOT to eat as it is to know what to eat. Why is this so important? Because having blood sugar too low or too high can cause big swings in a diabetic’s symptoms, including: Dizziness Headaches Cravings Frequent Urination Unusually High Thirst Fatigue Tingling in the Hands And many other side effects happen when a type II diabetic’s blood sugar is out of whack. So the goal is to be eating the kinds of food that make you feel full and happy, WITHOUT the crazy blood sugar spikes. P.S. If you’re into healthy eating tools, check out our awesome Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes Magnet and Gluten-Free and Dairy Free Conversion Magnets at the end of this article! The Basics Chances are that you don’t have a nutrition degree and probably started with a very vague understanding of what type II diabetes is. In order to follow a healthy diet, understanding how certain foods affect blood sugar is key. The good news: Keep in mind that type II diabetes is curable in most cases. With the right plan of action and program, many people see their type II diabetes reversed. The following foods are a big part of curing and managing diabetes. The Best and Worst Foods for Type II Diabetics Proteins Proteins are the building blocks of lean muscle tissue and a healthy, happy body. It will also have virtually no effect on blood sugar levels. So you should be eating a large amount of protein in a diabetic diet. Best sources: Lean protein sources like organic Continue reading >>

Why Greek Yogurt Should Be Part Of Your Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Why Greek Yogurt Should Be Part Of Your Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Smooth, creamy, thick — Greek yogurt is one of the hottest foods around, and its popularity shows no signs of abating. With a pudding-like texture and a slightly tart flavor, Greek yogurt also has more protein and fewer carbs and fewer sugars than traditional yogurt. This means that Greek yogurt can be even better for people with type 2 diabetes, says Tami Ross, RD, CDE, a diabetes educator in Lexington, Kentucky. "My patients love the consistency of it," Ross explains. "Even the patients who are not big on yogurt or milk products overwhelmingly seem to like Greek yogurt." Greek yogurt's thick consistency comes from straining it to remove liquid whey. This process increases the amount of protein per serving and removes some of the carbohydrates, which people with diabetes must watch carefully. "For folks with diabetes, the lower carbs are a plus," Ross notes. "You can work in the yogurt for a snack without having to account for so many carbohydrates." The increased protein can also help you feel that you've had a more substantial snack, so you'll feel more satisfied and won't be hungry for something else quite so quickly. "In terms of promoting satiety and helping people feel full, it's great," Ross says. And starting your day with Greek yogurt may even help you manage your blood sugar throughout the day. Eating low-GI foods for breakfast helps prevent blood-sugar spikes later on, one recent study found. How to Find the Right Greek Yogurt Of course, not all Greek yogurts are created equal. With many brands and flavors on the market, it's important to read nutrition labels carefully to find one that will work with a diabetes-friendly diet. Carbohydrate content is the most important item to look for on the nutrition label of Greek yogurt, since it accounts for the sugar Continue reading >>

Diabetic Snacks: What To Eat And What To Skip

Diabetic Snacks: What To Eat And What To Skip

"Don't eat between meals." That's one piece of advice diabetics might want to take with a grain of salt. If you go more than four or five hours between meals, a mid-afternoon snack might be just what the doctor ordered to help you keep your blood sugar steady. Snacking is also important if you're taking medication that could cause a blood-sugar low between meals. Discuss with your doctor or a registered dietitian what snacking approach is right for you. Keep your snacks to 150 calories or less The danger of snacks is that they can become more like extra meals if you go overboard. First, make sure you're truly hungry—and not just bored or stressed or craving chocolate—before reaching for a snack. Then limit yourself to 150 calories per snack. (Cutting calories is easier than you think.) This will help keep your snacking "honest." After all, it's hard to find a candy bar with only 150 calories. And if you're hankering for a candy bar, but a healthier snack doesn't appeal, you're probably not truly hungry. Beware of low-fat snacks Studies show that people tend to eat about 28 percent more of a snack when it's low-fat because they think they're saving on calories. But low-fat snacks, such as cookies, only have about 11 percent fewer calories than their full-fat counterparts. Stick to the same amount you'd eat if you thought the snack was full-fat. Need more snack ideas? Check out these delicious snacks for adults. Check the ingredients Avoid heavily processed crackers and chips. If the list of ingredients is long and has big words with lots of syllables, put it back on the shelf. Stay away from these worst eating habits for diabetics. Watch those carbs Carbohydrates are major culprits when it comes to raising blood sugar (though there are some good carbs for diabetes). Continue reading >>

Greek Yogurt - The 20 Best And Worst | Eat This, Not That!

Greek Yogurt - The 20 Best And Worst | Eat This, Not That!

Find out which thick and creamy yogurt is the best bet for your belly. By Eat This, Not That! Editors April 13, 2015 Like the majority of Americans, Greek yogurt is also an immigrant and landed in the good old U.S. of A. around 10 years ago. Since then, the dairy product has rightfully earned itself a spot as consistent healthy breakfast idea and its easy to see why. The Mediterranean yogurts creamy, smooth, and slightly thick texture is comforting but indulgent. Its pleasantly sour and moderately sweet taste is intriguing yet familiar. And between the gut-friendly probiotics, healthy fats, and muscle-building protein, it boasts an impressive display of health benefits. And it isnt just a great replacement for your sugary cereal. Its ratio of protein to carbs makes it an ideal post-workout snack for repairing muscles and replenishing spent energy stores, while a full-fat carton is a primo appetite-stabilizing treat to quell those angry 3 p.m. hunger pangs. And did we mention it can help you lose weight? Researchers have found that adding low-sugar, high-protein snacks to your daily diet can help fuel weight loss efforts by boosting metabolism and minimizing hunger pangs. Unfortunately, navigating the dairy aisle is no easy task. With tons of companies offering authentic yogurt lined up on your grocery store shelves, you may need a little help weeding out the good from the bad. Thats why weve rounded up the best (and worst) Greek gurtsso you dont have to stress or even read nutrition labels on your next grocery trip. These yogurts are low in what makes the Mediterranean dairy product so helpful for burning fatproteinand high in ingredients that really dont deserve a place in these small containers. Nutrition: 5.3 oz, 140 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodi Continue reading >>

At The Grocery Store

At The Grocery Store

Greek yogurt has taken a huge chunk of the Québec yogurt market and now comes in a wide variety of brands and flavours. Creamy and high in protein Greek yogurt differs from "regular" yogurt by its creamy texture. The difference is due to the manufacturing process, which removes a portion of the liquid from the yogurt, leaving a solid, high-protein residue. For the same portion size, Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt. This process also gives the yogurt a creamy taste even though it is made from skim milk. A premium price Because liquid is removed, the production of Greek yogurt requires three to four times the amount of milk as traditional yogurt, which justifies its higher price. High nutrient value The technique Greek-yogurt manufacturers use to remove water from the milk before producing the yogurt has an effect on its nutritional value. For example, the traditional drip technique results in the loss of some of the calcium and lactose contained in the milk, whereas a different technique preserves these two nutrients. The table below compares various plain Greek yogurt brands on the market. The table uses the "fat free" variety when available, or the lowest-fat version if a company does not produce a “fat free” product. Nutritional Value of Plain, Fat-free Greek Yogurt Compared to Regular Yogurt Per 175 g (175 ml or 3/4 cup) Protein (g) Carbohydrates (g) Calcium (% DV*) Vitamin D (% DV*) Plain, regular yogurt2 8 12 30% 0 to 35% Astro Original, plain, fat free 18 7 49% 0% President’s Choice 18 12 50% 0% Damafro1 14 6 40% 0% Iögo Greko1 (Ultima Foods) 17 7 45% 30% Liberty 20 6 15% 0% Oikos (Danone) 18 7 20% 0% Skotidakis 18 12 50% 0% * percentage Daily Value; that is, the percentage of the amount you need daily 1 fat-free not available: the ana Continue reading >>

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