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Prediabetes – Can You Avoid It?

October 2, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Essentially, prediabetes is when blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The big snag with prediabetes is that nine out of ten of those with prediabetes don’t know they have it; and a third of American adults have it. Why should you care? Most people […]

Sugar Avoidance – Music to My Ears

May 15, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

As noted by the International Food Information Council’s 2017 survey, 76% of respondents of the survey, (an unprecedented number of consumers) say they are looking to reduce their sugar intake or avoid it altogether. During the past two years, sugar has topped the list of ingredients that consumers are seeking to limit or avoid in […]

Replacing Sugar Sweetened Beverages

November 21, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

I just stumbled upon a study published in Obesity on November 14, 2017. It was published just in time for this article that I’ve been planning to write about beverages. Since it’s good news, it was an especially welcome find. What the Harvard professor Sara N. Bleich et al found when they examined National Health […]

The Most Dangerous Meal of the Day

June 6, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Almost every time I travel, I realize how much I like English breakfast. I enjoy grilled tomatoes, beans and eggs. Toward the end of summer, I’m usually slicing off the tops of tomatoes from my garden; and pan-grilling them with a little olive oil and herbs, for our breakfast. Note: it’s a little like how […]

Turn Metabolic Syndrome Around

April 11, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

How often do you think science finds a relationship with food or a style of eating being associated with a reversal of unhealthy markers that already exist? I’d say rarely – or nearly never. But that is exactly what was found in the PREDIMED study. This relatively rare instance was published in the Canadian Medical […]

Reduce the Risk of Diabetes Quickly

January 17, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

I read a quote from Walter Willett, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that said that said that you could cut your risk of diabetes quickly. The word ‘quickly’ for a dietitian/nutritionist, like myself, was like a high-pitched dog whistle for a dog. Quickly? That’s wonderful! That got my attention; so many […]

Oatmeal and Diabetes?

September 20, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

I was just sharing the recognition of the approaching return of oatmeal season with my husband, Vic, this morning at breakfast. We generally only eat two different cereals; shredded wheat mostly while the weather is warm and old-fashioned oats when it’s cooler. If you’ve been reading this blog for many years, you know that Vic […]

The Right Carbs

March 22, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Although the food processors are doing a fabulous job of masking the inclusion of excessive added sugar in processed foods the fact remains that the public health professionals have done an equally fabulous of helping the public realize that too much sugar is a detriment to health. As the public health educators continue to help […]

Beyond Snacks: Welcoming Nuts into Your Meals

April 7, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Every time I write the goals to improve diet, it always includes incorporating nuts. It’s pretty easy to quickly skim over the information that researchers have found that nuts are associated with improved health (especially cardiovascular, diabetes and metabolic syndrome) and not really take the next step to adding nuts to your regular eating habits. […]

Sugar Science

November 18, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

When I speak to college students, especially non-science majors, I often encourage them to take some science classes; like say, physiology. The reason for this seemingly bizarre suggestion is that I’ve found it so upsetting over the years to see how the food processors, commodities companies and their organizations can effectively distort science. I believe […]