Taste-Tested and Diabetes-Friendly

February 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Taste-Tested and Diabetes-Friendly

Good article on Breakfast Cereal from www.diabeticlivingonline.com. You can read all the results by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.

With options ranging from colorful sugar bombs to bland fiber buds, cold cereal choices may seem either tasty-but-bad-for-you or boring-but-healthful. We’re here to show you there’s a happy medium for your breakfast bowl!

Through a series of dietitian approvals for nutritional requirements and taste tests with more than 100 people, including people with diabetes, we narrowed 70 qualifying cereals down to six winners and 12 tasty finalists. These “best of the bowl” cereals were awarded our Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Pour one to taste how yummy healthful options can be!

Nutritional Guidelines

Every cereal tested had to meet these health requirements per serving (without milk):

— 150 calories or less

— Less than 30 percent of calories from fat

— 1 g saturated fat or less

— 0 g trans fat

— 30 g carb or less

— Less than 8 g sugars

— At least 3 g fiber

Flavored Flakes Finalists

After analyzing the nutrition content of hundreds of cereals, we were surprised to find some brands that were previously thought to be too high in sugar and calories that actually qualified for our taste test. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes was one such example. Its new formula for a reduced-sugar cereal with added fiber makes it one of several healthful options.

Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes with Fiber, Less Sugar

Per serving (3/4 cup): 110 cal., 0 g total fat, 0 mg chol., 160 mg sodium, 26 g carb. (3 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 2 g pro.

Kellogg’s Special K Cinnamon Pecan

Per serving (3/4 cup): 120 cal., 2 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 180 mg sodium, 24 g carb. (3 g fiber, 7 g sugars), 2 g pro.

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/what-to-eat/best-cereals-to-eat-with-diabetes/?sssdmh=dm17.581108&esrc=nwdlo022112&email=2933188293

Diabetes-Friendly – Whole Wheat Bread

August 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Another good and informative series of articles from http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
With this one I’ll be posting all their Bread category’s and winners.

Taste-Tested & Diabetes-Friendly

Do you avoid the bread aisle just to escape the confusion felt by so many carb-conscious consumers? It’s true: Bread is a tricky product to buy, especially for people with diabetes. Now you can return to the bread aisle with confidence — thanks to a list of products that recently received the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Our staff and dietitians picked through the loaves to find those that met our nutritional guidelines. Next we brought in more than 100 people, including PWDs, to taste the brand-hidden products. The top breads, buns, tortillas, and English muffins were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

Nutritional Guidelines
Every bread tested had to meet these health requirements per 2 slices, 1 tortilla, or 1 bun:
— 150 calories or less
— 3 g total fat or less
— 1.5 g saturated fat or less
— 0 g trans fat
— 30 g carb or less
— 300 mg sodium or less
— At least 2 g fiber

Whole Wheat Bread Finalists

The breads in this category had to be 100% whole wheat.

Great Value (Wal-Mart brand) 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Per 2 slices: 140 cal., 2 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 300 mg sodium, 24 g carb., 4 g fiber

Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Per 2 slices: 150 cal., 2 g total fat (0.5 g sat. fat), 210 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 4 g fiber

Whole Wheat Bread Winner

And the winner of the 100% whole wheat bread category is:
Wonder Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Per 2 slices: 110 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 220 mg sodium, 20 g carb., 3 g fiber

Taster’s comment: “I love the lightness, and it’s nice that it’s only 110 calories.”

Why it won: Tasters noted how this bread wasn’t dry or stiff. Instead, it was soft and delicious. We’re impressed with the 3 grams of fiber in every 2-slice serving.

Diabetes-Friendly – Hamburger Bun

August 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | Leave a comment
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Another good and informative series of articles from http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
With this one I’ll be posting all their Bread catergory’s and winners.

Taste-Tested & Diabetes-Friendly

Do you avoid the bread aisle just to escape the confusion felt by so many carb-conscious consumers? It’s true: Bread is a tricky product to buy, especially for people with diabetes. Now you can return to the bread aisle with confidence — thanks to a list of products that recently received the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Our staff and dietitians picked through the loaves to find those that met our nutritional guidelines. Next we brought in more than 100 people, including PWDs, to taste the brand-hidden products. The top breads, buns, tortillas, and English muffins were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

Nutritional Guidelines
Every bread tested had to meet these health requirements per 2 slices, 1 tortilla, or 1 bun:
— 150 calories or less
— 3 g total fat or less
— 1.5 g saturated fat or less
— 0 g trans fat
— 30 g carb or less
— 300 mg sodium or less
— At least 2 g fiber

Hamburger Bun Finalists

To meet our fiber guideline, all of the hamburger buns in our contest were wheat or whole wheat buns. Note: Per bun equals top and bottom.

Pepperidge Farm Classic 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Per bun: 120 cal., 2 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 150 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 2 g fiber

Village Hearth Light Wheat Hamburger Buns
Per bun: 80 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 190 mg sodium, 20 g carb., 7 g fiber

Hamburger Bun Winner

And the winner of the hamburger bun category is:

Wonder Wheat Hamburger Buns
Per bun: 110 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 220 mg sodium, 21 g carb., 2 g fiber

Taster’s comment: “Good height and structure. Soft, with a hint of sweetness.”

Why it won: This bun was sturdy and wouldn’t flop when filled with fixins’. It’s low enough in fat and calories to suit anyone at a picnic.

Diabetes-Friendly – English Muffins

August 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb | 1 Comment
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Another good and informative series of articles from http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
With this one I’ll be posting all their Bread catergory’s and winners.

Taste-Tested & Diabetes-Friendly

Do you avoid the bread aisle just to escape the confusion felt by so many carb-conscious consumers? It’s true: Bread is a tricky product to buy, especially for people with diabetes. Now you can return to the bread aisle with confidence — thanks to a list of products that recently received the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Our staff and dietitians picked through the loaves to find those that met our nutritional guidelines. Next we brought in more than 100 people, including PWDs, to taste the brand-hidden products. The top breads, buns, tortillas, and English muffins were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

Nutritional Guidelines
Every bread tested had to meet these health requirements per 2 slices, 1 tortilla, or 1 bun:
— 150 calories or less
— 3 g total fat or less
— 1.5 g saturated fat or less
— 0 g trans fat
— 30 g carb or less
— 300 mg sodium or less
— At least 2 g fiber

English Muffin Finalists

The finalists in the English muffin category were sturdy but had a soft and chewy texture. Note: Per muffin equals top and bottom.

Sara Lee English Muffins Made with Whole Grain Original
Per muffin: 140 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 210 mg sodium, 27 g carb., 2 g fiber

Fiber One Original English Muffins
Per muffin: 100 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 230 mg sodium, 23 g carb., 6 g fiber

English Muffin Winner

And the winner of the English muffin category is:
Weight Watchers English Muffins

Per muffin: 100 cal., 0.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 230 mg sodium, 22 g carb., 5 g fiber

Taster’s comment: “This eats more like a bread. Nicely moist and good chewiness.”

Why it won: This English muffin stood out among the others because it was light and soft, and tasted great. These English muffins are not presplit.

Diabetes-Friendly – Sandwich Flat

August 12, 2011 at 12:50 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | 1 Comment
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Another good and informative series of articles from http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
With this one I’ll be posting all their Bread catergory’s and winners.

Taste-Tested & Diabetes-Friendly

Do you avoid the bread aisle just to escape the confusion felt by so many carb-conscious consumers? It’s true: Bread is a tricky product to buy, especially for people with diabetes. Now you can return to the bread aisle with confidence — thanks to a list of products that recently received the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Our staff and dietitians picked through the loaves to find those that met our nutritional guidelines. Next we brought in more than 100 people, including PWDs, to taste the brand-hidden products. The top breads, buns, tortillas, and English muffins were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

Nutritional Guidelines
Every bread tested had to meet these health requirements per 2 slices, 1 tortilla, or 1 bun:
— 150 calories or less
— 3 g total fat or less
— 1.5 g saturated fat or less
— 0 g trans fat
— 30 g carb or less
— 300 mg sodium or less
— At least 2 g fiber

Sandwich Flat Finalists

Sandwich flats, deli flats, thin buns — whatever you call them, they are very popular with health-conscious consumers who want a lower-carb alternative to regular bread and buns. Note: Per bun equals top and bottom. The finalists in this category were:

EarthGrains 100% Multi-Grain Thin Buns
Per bun: 100 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 150 mg sodium, 21 g carb., 4 g fiber

Arnold Select 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
Per bun: 100 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 230 mg sodium, 21 g carb., 5 g fiber

Sandwich Flat Winner

And the winner of the sandwich flat category is:
Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats 7 Grain

Per bun: 100 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 170 mg sodium, 19 g carb., 5 g fiber

Taster’s comment: “This one has the best overall flavor. It’s soft, sweet, and nutty.”

Why it won: This sandwich flat was flavorful and had a nice aroma. We like that it contains 5 grams of fiber per bun. Fill it with vegetables and some lean protein for a healthful meal, though one taster noted that it was so good she would eat this bun without anything on it.

Diabetes-Friendly: Tortillas

August 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, tortilllas | Leave a comment
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Another good and informative series of articles from http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/
With this one I’ll be posting all their Bread category’s and winners.

Taste-Tested & Diabetes-Friendly

Do you avoid the bread aisle just to escape the confusion felt by so many carb-conscious consumers? It’s true: Bread is a tricky product to buy, especially for people with diabetes. Now you can return to the bread aisle with confidence — thanks to a list of products that recently received the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval. Our staff and dietitians picked through the loaves to find those that met our nutritional guidelines. Next we brought in more than 100 people, including PWDs, to taste the brand-hidden products. The top breads, buns, tortillas, and English muffins were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat™ seal of approval.

Nutritional Guidelines
Every bread tested had to meet these health requirements per 2 slices, 1 tortilla, or 1 bun:
— 150 calories or less
— 3 g total fat or less
— 1.5 g saturated fat or less
— 0 g trans fat
— 30 g carb or less
— 300 mg sodium or less
— At least 2 g fiber

Tortilla Finalists

The two finalists in the tortilla category were well received by tasters, who rated them on their texture, appearance, and taste.

Archer Farms (Target brand) Whole Wheat Tortilla
Per tortilla: 130 cal., 3 g total fat (1.5 g sat. fat), 220 mg sodium, 23 g carb., 3 g fiber

La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb, High Fiber Large Whole Wheat Tortilla
Per tortilla: 80 cal., 3 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 300 mg sodium, 18 g carb., 12 g fiber

Tortilla Winner

And the winner of the tortilla category is:
Mission Carb Balance Plus! Small/Fajita Whole Wheat Tortilla

Per tortilla: 80 cal., 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 220 mg sodium, 12 g carb., 8 g fiber

Taster’s comment: “Best texture. It’s thick but still soft. Awesome flavor!”

Why it won: This tortilla had a nice texture, and tasters felt it would hold up well to being stuffed with fillings without tearing. We like that it has only 12 grams of carb. and 8 grams of fiber per tortilla!

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