What is your sodium IQ?
Which is lower in salt: a handful of potato chips or a whole-wheat English muffin? If you guessed the English muffin, you are incorrect. A whole-wheat muffin (without butter) contains 240mg of sodium; an ounce (about 15) potato chips contains 149mg of sodium.
The muffin does pack a more nutritious punch and will keep you full longer, but if you are on a low-sodium diet, the chips are the better choice, at least in the short run.
In a quiz on Goodhousekeeping.com, you also can compare the amount of sodium in common foods such as tomato soup, a hot dog and bun, cottage cheese, saltines, American cheese and spaghetti sauce. A related story offers tips on reducing sodium intake.
Dealing with diabetes
There is no cure for Type 2 diabetes, but it can be managed or prevented if it is diagnosed in the prediabetes stage. Diane Kress, a registered dietitian, sets out a three-step program for dealing with these conditions in her book, “The Diabetes Miracle.”
First, stop the diabetes train: Avoid foods that cause a rise in blood sugar, such as bread, fruit and sweets. That step should be taken for a minimum of eight weeks to calm down the overworked pancreas and slow down the body’s insulin response.
In step two, Kress reintroduces carbohydrates in small amounts to help reprogram your metabolism. Step three focuses on figuring out a carbohydrate range for the long term that is specific for each person, and it incorporates exercise for a healthier lifestyle.
Kress includes sample menus and answers questions. Type 2 and prediabetes are serious conditions, and your doctor is the best resource for medical and dietary concerns, but this book can be a helpful supplement.