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Spotlight on the glycemic index: A good guide to good carbs

Carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, potato, rice and legumes, form the very basis of our diet and are essential energy sources, but are they all created equal? The terms Simple sugars and complex carbohydrates have been used for years to classify carbohydrates according to their molecular structure. It was believed that simple sugars were rapidly absorbed and conversely, complex carbohydrates (e.g. starch) were digested more slowly and gradually released glucose into the bloodstream. However, the discovery of the glycemic index has truly transformed the nutrition landscape. It became very clear that some complex carbohydrates can be digested and absorbed almost as quickly as glucose, which is a simple sugar!

What is the glycemic index?

The glycemic index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods based on their ability to raise blood glucose levels on a scale of 0 to100. The reference food (usually glucose, but sometimes white bread) has a GI of 100, while foods with little or no carbohydrates have a GI value of 0. A balanced diet based on low-GI foods is not only beneficial to people with diabetes, but also to those having high cholesterol levels or obesity.

Usually high-carbohydrate foods have a moderate to high GI. Below are some examples of staple foods:

Please note that the GI of a food is not a fixed value, rather it varies based on several factors like species, level of processing and cooking method.

And what about glycemic load?

The glycemic load (GL) is an extension of the GI and gives a more accurate picture of a food’s real-life impact on blood glucose levels as it takes into account the carbohydrate content in an actual serving.

For example, watermelon has a glycemic index of 72 (high) while its glycemic load for a normal serving is 6.5 (low) as it contains little amount of carbohydrates. The glycemic load gives us a broader picture of the hyperglycemic potential of foods, than does the glycemic index.

Tips

  • Legumes (lentils, kidney beans, etc.) naturally have a low GI value. Try to combine them with cereals (rice, quinoa, couscous, etc.) as they help to bring down the overall GI of the meal. It’s also the perfect pairing to get complete proteins!
  • Fruits usually have a moderate GI, but when combined with a dairy product (e.g. yoghurt or cottage cheese), the dairy proteins help to reduce the peak in glycemia. They are a perfect match for snacks!
  • Cooking your pasta al dente ensures that the GI value is kept at its lowest.
  • Some foods (e.g. chips, nuts) have a low GI value, but they are caloric. Eat in moderate amounts!
  • Eat whole fruits instead of fruit juices as the presence of fibres helps to delay the digestion and absorption of sugars.
  • Does GI appear rather complex to you? Start by making gradual changes in your eating habits while taking into account the main GI concepts and try to memorise the GI values of common foods.

 

 

You can also find the GI of more than 1000 foods on the online database of the University of Sydney for free!

 

The Importance of Macronutrients in Weight Loss

Counting calories is an important part of making smarter nutritional choices. Dieticians, nutritionists, and fitness experts alike now recommend looking beyond the quantity of calories, and measuring the macronutrients of the food you eat in order to achieve weight loss goals. This is now being called macro dieting. Macro dieting aims to feed the body with ideal nutrients that can make it more efficient. Let’s be honest, dieting is not easy. But, good nutrition and an active lifestyle are essential components to being health. Creating new eating habits can start with understanding the breakdown of macronutrients and why they are so important.

What are macronutrients and what are the benefits of a macro diet?

Macro dieting balances the intake of three key macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Our body needs each of these for energy and to function properly. They are also needed for the development of new cells and the proper functioning of vital organs. Nutrition experts recommend macro dieting in order to make smarter choices about meals. As there are several health risks associated with an excessive intake of carbs and saturated fats, experts recommend a healthy balance of these macronutrients to meet health requirements.

Getting started with counting macronutrients

The amount of daily macronutrients intake and how they are distributed per day are influenced by many factors including morphology metabolism, level of physical activity, dietary habits, and any known chronic conditions.

Health experts advocate the following ratios: 45-55% of carbohydrates (45-55%), protein (15-25%), and fats (25-35%).

This equation and distribution become more complex for those with abdominal fat, diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors, or kidney problems. The first step is to determine the appropriate ratios that are best for you. This can be done with help from a certified dietitian, or a digital food tracking tool like DietSensor. Understanding the perfect breakdown of macronutrients is a goal worth striving for. With proper guidance and digital tools now available, you can start to see the results with your weight loss goals.

Global Obesity Epidemic – Time to Act Decisively

Obesity has reached the point of a global epidemic, according to a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO).  A person is considered obese when their body mass index exceeds 30.  Today, obesity affects more than 2.8 million people each year and this number is increasing constantly.  Excess weight kills approximately 3.4 billion people every year.

Whether they are described as rich, poor or developing, all countries in the world are affected by obesity.  If, in the past, excessive weight gain was a challenge in high-income countries, nowadays the situation has changed and all countries are concerned.

And, obesity does not discriminate based on age.  Today, more than 1.4 billion twenty year olds globally are considered obese. This number is expected to increase to 3.3 billion by 2030.

Relationship between obesity and economic status

The countries with the highest obesity rates are not necessarily the richest, nor the most developed.

In the CIA’s World Factbook list, the United States of America is ranked 12th and the United Kingdom 27th among the most obese countries in the world.  This indicates that there is no direct relationship between obesity and economic status.

If we dig a bit deeper and analyze the CIA’s Word Factbook list, we will find out that smaller countries such as Naura, Marshall Islands, Kuwait and Samoa have the highest rate of obesity.

Food scarcity and decreasing purchasing power which characterizes poor and underdeveloped countries are the main reasons why these countries have the highest rate of obesity. People living in these countries have restricted access to balanced and healthy diet.  In some cases, their only option is eating easily available junk and fried foods.

Gender and Age Disparity

Gender and age are also factors that differentiate the rate of obesity between countries.

In the UK, USA, Australia and Canada, nearly 25% of men who are 18 years older or above are overweight or obese.  However, in South-East Asia, Africa and East Mediterranean, the rate of obesity among women outweighs the rate of obesity among men.

In some countries, women are often restricted to their homes thus having little scope to physical activities.

It has been reported to the WHO in 2013 that more than 42 million children not older than 5 years were suffering from obesity.

Obesity in the USA

Obesity is a major health problem in the US.  The rate of obesity in North America has continually increased in the last few decades.  Today, more than 78 million adults and 13 million children living in the US are considered obese, with 35% of the population with a body mass index that exceeds 30.

The American diet has historically contained a large amount of calorie rich, processed foods.  The good news is that more and more Americans today are replacing process foods in their diets with more fruit, vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods.

The world is now taking this phenomenon seriously.  Health experts and organizations around the world have set up an agenda for control and prevention. The increasing rate of obesity globally may now look bleak, but there is hope on the horizon.   


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced.

DietSensor Helps You Manage a Healthy Diet

The DietSensor mobile application will help you analyze and manage your daily intake of key nutrients.   In just one week, the app will help you change your eating habits by identifying the best foods for you, and which nutrients you need more or less of.

Using the mobile app is extremely easy.  You just input the foods that you eat into the app, and the rest is taken care of.  The app will analyze the different components of your meal, and let you know what nutrients you need.  It will also display the ten foods that have caused you the biggest challenges.

Eat With Less Stress

It is not always easy to follow all your doctor or dietitian’s advice.  Unfortunately for many of us, eating healthy is associated with strict diets or limited menus.

The DietSensor Nutritional Coach will help you analyze the food that you eat.  It will define the number of nutrients you need for each meal of the day.  It will also advise you on the best portion sizes of each food you log in.  The application takes into account what you have eaten, your profile, and the time of day.

“DietSensor is really effective when it comes to analyzing foods composed of various ingredients such as a salad with several vegetables and a source of protein. The mobile app tells you whether you are eating the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins or lipids. There are many applications that help users track food consumption. DietSensor is the only one that makes monitoring easier.”

Balanced Eating Made Possible

With the DietSensor, changing eating behaviors is easier than ever.  The application defines your goals, taking into account chronic health conditions like diabetes, cholesterol or obesity.  It follows you throughout the day and helps you achieve your goals at every meal.  And, the nutritional coach gives you useful tips for each meal.

Your results are displayed in a stop light format, using red, yellow, and blue to indicate your performance.  Blue indicates you have done well, while red indicates when you have eaten more than the targets that were set to achieve your goals

By using these simple tips, you can learn how to create a varied, healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body!

Easy to Implement Nutritional Recommendations

Eating the right amount of nutrients is essential to maintaining a healthy weight and to help avoid many health problems.

Did you know that 45-55% of your daily calorie intake should come from carbohydrates? That lipids should represent 30-35%?  And proteins 10-20%?

Do not feel overwhelmed by these nutritional facts!  DietSensor will help you to understand what your nutritional goals are, and how well you are managing to them!

 “The DietSensor mobile app helped me to reduce the portion sizes wisely to maintain healthy eating habits.  I have never obtained as good results using other apps. As a diabetic, it is very difficult for me to lose weight because low-calorie diet often leads to hypoglycemia. Using the DietSensor Nutritional Coach, I have lost 3,5 kg in a few weeks with less blood sugar alerts.”


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced!   

 

 

DietSensor Nutrition Coaching – Support For Diabetes

Are you looking for a diabetes diet plan to help you manage your sugar level and avoid diabetes complications?  DietSensor is the solution that you have been looking for.  The DietSensor Nutrition Coach can help to keep your blood glucose at the recommended level.

How does it work?

The DietSensor Nutrition Coach will take you on a 12-part journey and will help to establish a diet for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

The Ground Rules

Each part of the program consists of seven days worth of advice, presented each time you log a meal.

Missed a few days?  Don’t worry, the program will extend for as many days that you miss. Every time you log a meal, your coach will give you some reading to do on a particular topic, tailoring it to your profile and possibly to the meal you just ate.  It’s as if a nutritionist was standing right by your side.

Click “Got it” to no longer see the message and move on to the next one after your next meal.  You will receive tons of advice that you can put into practice.  Everything has been validated by our experts and backed by recognized medical sources.

Topics Covered in Your Journey

Over the course of 12 parts, you will go through the following steps:

Part 1:  The coach gives you some basic information about diabetes, sets your goals, observes your eating habits, and teaches you the basics of nutrition.
Part 2:  After a quick review, you’ll focus on the different kinds of carbohydrates as well as on treatments and how they are connected.
Part 3:  More focus on carbohydrates, fibers, and concepts like the glycemic index.
Part 4:  A closer look at essential carbohydrates, diabetes management and fats to better control your weight.
Part 5:  The importance of portions.
Part 6:  Meals and their varying composition.
Part 7:  Physical activity and energy expenditure.
Part 8:  Proteins, salt, antioxidants.
Part 9:  Hydration and drinks.
Part 10:  How to better manage your nutritional intakes.
Part 11:  After observing you over time, your coach will have increasingly more advanced pieces of advice on how to change your eating habits long-term.
Part 12:  Review time, and your coach will help you maintain these lasting changes.

Enjoy your journey with the DietSensor nutrition coach!


DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced!  

Healthy eating : skipping breakfast may increase the risk of stroke

Coronary heart disease and stroke risk may increase with skipping breakfast regularly. Some researchers found that those who routinely skipped on the most important meal of the day had a higher risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease.

Read the full article on: www.belmarrahealth.com

With a busy schedule, it is easy to skip breakfast. But, according to a recent study, taking a few minutes to eat something in the morning can really save your life. It is nothing new that breakfast provides our body and brain with the essential nutrients. Starting the day with an empty stomach is like trying to start a car without petrol. Various research have shown that those who skip breakfast have 27% higher risk of heart attack or health complications caused by heart diseases. Moreover, a lack of proper meals at breakfast may also lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Nutritionists and other health experts advise a healthy breakfast within two hours of waking. A breakfast full of junk foods defeats the purpose. You should ensure that your meal is healthy and provides reasonable amount of energy and nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Dietsensor gives accurate results with any homogeneous food, even with homemade dishes and beverages. The application and the SCiO help you to keep a healthy balance of nutrients at every meal.

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Diabetes: preventing the disease starts with healthy eating

Weight loss, diet changes and physical activity all play a role in preventing or delaying diabetes and the many complications that go along with it, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and other health problems. 

Read the full article on: www.press-citizen.com

More than 86 million of Americans have prediabetes according to a recent study. Prediabetes arises when blood sugar levels exceeds the normal range but not too high to be associated with Type 2 diabetes. Despite the various researches, the exact causes of prediabetes have not yet been confirmed.  However, there are no doubts that obesity, lack of physical activity and poor diet are key factors. A balanced diet can help in weight management thus reducing the risks of prediabetes.

It is sometimes very difficult to have a balanced diet. Failing to do so can lead to frustration. DietSensor can help those struggling to keep healthy eating habits. The application gives accurate results with any homogeneous food, even with homemade dishes and beverages. By scanning your food, Dietsensor helps you in managing your macro nutrients and calories intake. The nutrition coaching app can be used in combination with the SCiO scanner for a higher level of accuracy. Be the first to get the game-changing new app and qualify for the Early Bird discount on your DietSensor subscription. Sign up now!

20-Year Study Shows Staying Fit Keeps Diabetes Risk Low

Exercise is often recommended to diabetes patients looking to improve their blood sugar, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Some doctors even call it a prescription for diabetes management. Although experts have agreed that physical activity is beneficial for controlling diabetes, research has not been so definitive when it came to preventing the condition. Until now.

Read the full article at: www.medicaldaily.com

Exercise, especially high-intensity interval training, can help ward off the development of both diabetes and pre-diabetes. According to the study, not only did the high-intensity workout the cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and weight of Type 2 diabetes patients, it also improved their cardiovascular health. The next important thing is our diet. DietSensor, the scanner-and-app combo, introduced at CES 2016, aims to make healthy eating easier. Once you’ve scanned your food, the SCiO scanner will transmit the dietary information to the app via bluetooth. Your screen will then show the food’s breakdown and the app will add this to your specialized diet tracker, offering advice to ensure you stay healthy and don’t exceed any set limits. It’s ideal for anyone who needs really in-depth information about whatever they put into their bodies, whether their motivations are purely ‘I need help sticking to this diet’ or ‘this will genuinely save me the time and effort I spend weighing and checking to make sure I stay healthy.’ Whether you’re trying to lose weight or put on muscle, the app helps determine the best things to eat to meet your goals. The DietSensor scanner is available to pre-order and you can pay on delivery! For more updates on the DietSensor, join our list dietsensor.com/wait-list/.

When it comes to losing weight, can you outrun a bad diet?

Eat like our grandparents … and cut out bread for optimal weight loss, says Pat Divilly

Read the full article at: www.irishtimes.com

When it comes to lose weight, many people make the mistake of focusing on exercise, but later research has shown that exercise is not enough, and that we should cut back on calorie intake. Physics activity reduces the risk of a range of ailments such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately it doesn’t promote weight loss according to the study. The findings of Prof Herman Pontzer shows  the need to focus on diet when it comes to managing weight, or preventing or reversing unhealthy weight gain. So let’s us introduce you to the DietSensor! Dietsensor is the first instant nutrition coaching app with sensors able to tell within seconds the nutritional values of a food or beverage and give immediate advice, of the quantity of what you should eat from your plate based on your goals. All this driven by evidence based medicine. It is for people who need to control their daily food intake, especially those who want to effectively tackle weight loss, get in shape or manage diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure or other chronicle diseases related to nutrition. It’s an extremely popular option for people looking to really get their arms around their portion size, daily caloric goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat. We have built algorithms which identifies the causes of your recurring diet setbacks, or which food you should add or cut off. DietSensor helps you recognize and understand your own habit patterns and advises you accordingly to prevent them from happening. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list. Being able to know exactly what’s in every mouthful of food you eat is every dieter’s dream. This incredible DietSensor device is about to make that dream a reality. Be the first to get the game-changing new DietSensor App AND qualify for the Early Bird Discount on your Dietsensor subscription https://www.dietsensor.com/early-bird-subscription/

Dieting, exercise or combination of both equally effective in improving cardiovascular health

Which works better to improve the cardiovascular health of those who are overweight – dieting, exercise or a combination of both? A Saint Louis University study finds it doesn’t matter which strategy you choose – it’s the resulting weight loss that is the protective secret sauce.

Read the full article at: www.news-medical.net

Another strategy which can be used in order to fight against a bad dieting is the DietSensor technology. The app and the scan helps you to fix all unhealthy habit by having a nutritional coach within your smartphones. The guidelines of the app will help you better manage chronicle conditions and fitness. DietSensor makes food tracking so easy and accurate that anybody will be able to know what and how much he or she is about to eat, every day, without a huge effort. These information will be based on his health profile and DietSensor, with doctors and registered nutritionists, establishes advices driven by evidence based medicine.

Dietsensor marks the beginning of the next generation of nutrition tracking tools. It is a User-Friendly app, taking you 10 times fewer clicks to log a food than with other manual input methods.

You can pre-order dietsensor and the SciO scanner today and pay on delivery, in September 2016. https://www.dietsensor.com/wait-list/