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Well I couldn’t believe my eyes this morning when I opened my regular email from the US and read a piece published in US News about the “Diabetes Diet”.

For years diabetics have been told by the experts, being dieticians, that the correct diet for a diabetic is rich in carbohydrate and in particular starch. Go to Diabetes UK website and check it out for yourself.  So imagine my surprise when a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association is quoted as follows:-

“Carbohydrate counting appears to be the best [dietary] tool for managing glucose levels,” says Sue McLaughlin, president of health care and education at the American Diabetes Association. Food has three energy-producing components: protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is the nutrient that the body most easily turns into blood sugar. Not paying attention to carb content in meals is likely to result in blood glucose that is “extremely variable and unpredictable,” McLaughlin says. That means a person with diabetes should limit consumption of carb-heavy foods like bread, rice, starchy vegetables, grains, and fruit—but not avoid them altogether because some of these foods contain vitamins , says Ann Albright, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Interestingly it is a shame that Ann Albright is not aware of the fact that the vitamins and minerals contained in Starch are far more abundant in the non starchy foods such as Protein and Fat.

Still you can’t have it all I guess.

Hopefully someone at Diabetes UK or the dieticians may pick up on the connection between starch and insulin.  No doubt they have picked this up but have allowed their unfounded fear of fat and protein to seduce them into the notion that a diabetic is better getting fatter on carbs.

23 March 2009

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