Diabetes and Carbohydrates

Angie Szumlinski News

Prevention of type 2 diabetes is a major public health priority and evidence supports the crucial role of diet in preventing diabetes. No surprise, the most recent studies indicate that decreasing carbohydrate intake may prove to assist in preventing this disease.  Given the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss and controlling glycemic levels, it isn’t rocket science, right? Well, …

Snacking – Of Course!

Angie Szumlinski News

Being a “snacker,” I wasn’t surprised when I read the results of a recent study published in Geriatric Nursing on the benefits of snacking! The purpose of the study was to identify nursing home residents’ snacking preferences and to evaluate whether we must do a better job at addressing the meaning of food and the individual needs of our residents.   …

Food for Thought

Angie Szumlinski News

Soft drinks, salty and sugary snacks, ice cream, sausage, deep-fried chicken, yogurt, canned baked beans, tomatoes, ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged guacamole, packaged hummus, packaged breads, and flavored cereals. Do I have your attention? How about potato chips, chocolate candy, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and french fries? See I knew I could get your attention! If these are “staples” in your diet …

Diets

Angie Szumlinski News

Everyone I know, with few exceptions, has been on a diet in their lifetime. There are so many out there, it is hard to keep up, right? Adkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, low-carbohydrate, low-fat, etc. but most recently Gluten-free has taken center stage. So, what does Gluten-free really mean, and does it help in weight loss if you don’t have …

Gluten and Cognitive Function

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Gluten has become a bad word in our society, everywhere you look, labels say “gluten-free”, you can even order a pizza with a gluten-free crust! Most recently, the concept that gluten could affect cognitive function was popularized by a best-selling book “Grain Brain”. Concern for such an association is in part due to the patients with celiac disease. Current findings …

Homemade Nutrition

Angie Szumlinski Health

The prevalence of nutrition-sensitive conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes has increased substantially in the US during the past 30 years. For decades, US policies to address hunger and food insecurity have focused largely on providing sufficient calories or quantities of food. However, effectively addressing the current diet-related challenges in the US will require a shift beyond these …

Dueling Diets

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH), they compared low-fat, plant-based diets with low-carb, animal-based diets. We have all talked about these diets at one time or another, Keto, Adkins, Mediterranean, Vegan, etc., so it was interesting that a “real” study was done. What they found was that people on a low-fat, plant-based diet ate …