Dana Carpender posted this message from the Nutrition and Metabolism Society on her Hold The Toast site recently.  I’m delighted to see real scientists calling out the ADA for their nonsense.

As my mom found out, if your blood sugar is at or approaching diabetic levels, your doctor will probably send you to a nutritionist or dietician, who will probably tell you to eat lots of complex carbs and limit your fats.  It makes zero biological sense.

I’ll be in Chicago this week.  We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary by returning to the scene of the crime.  (Don’t tell the paleo fanatics, but this almost certainly means I’ll be indulging in a stuffed pizza from Giordano’s — still the best pizza I’ve ever had.)

I’ll check comments when I can and perhaps write a post if anything strikes my fancy, but mostly I plan to just enjoy the time off … and take my wife to the fancy seafood restaurant where, halfway through dinner on our second date, I knew I wanted to marry her someday.

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58 Responses to “Who Gives Carbohydrates To Diabetics?”
  1. Thom Brogan says:

    Happy Anniversary, Naughtons!

    Can’t wait to hear how the trip went and how the pizza tasted when you get back.

    I can tell you already the pizza was delicious.

  2. David says:

    The 15g. of carbohydrates = 1 carb is from the ADA diet plan. When you see an ADA approved food it will say something like “Counts as 2 proteins, 1 fat and 2 carbs.” Their plan allows so many servings of each daily.

    8g of protein = 1 protein.
    4g of fat = 1 fat
    15g. of carbohydrates = 1 carb

    It was nice of them to make horrible dietary advice simple to follow.

  3. Cathryn says:

    Speaking of hospital food…I have to bring my own or my husband brings me what we call “safe food.” I was hospitalized two years ago and we found out that hospitals can’t cater to special needs–like my diet. I have to bring my own because hospitals serve processed foods. So on my admitting charts, we spell it out I’m allergic to ALL food preservatives which are found in processed foods. It doesn’t save me a lot of hassle–but it does help.

    One time a nurse brought me a tray of food and said, “Tell me what you can eat on this tray!” I proceeded to tell her the toast was made with enriched flours and has preservatives out the yin-yang; the egg substitute mush was nothing but preservatives–especially BHA and BHT which causes anaphalatic shock in me; the “turkey bacon” was extremely high in sodium–bad for damaged kidneys and loaded with MSG; and the juice was rich with HFCS–another preservative. She looked at me and said, “Oh” before taking the tray again. I never had to fight her about eating hospital food the rest of my stay.

    That sounds like a good plan.

  4. Chad Wallace says:

    Hey Tom,
    have a great time in Chicago. Go Blackhawks!

    Stay away from that big polar bear in the foyer, that thing still gives me nightmares.

    I managed to avoid that one.

  5. k_the_c says:

    Looks like Health.com is giving out free bad advice:

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20359383_5,00.html

    Yeah, I saw that. Health.com is one of those rags that basically just pushes whatever the government says is the proper health and nutrition advice.

  6. Ellen says:

    Tom, Laura from the NM Society sent me her postcards, and I turned them into posters for her. Hopefully she will be able to post them on her nmsociety.org freebies page soon. I have the one above at the bottom of my ADA page here:
    http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/american-diabetes-association.html

    Love it. Short, punchy, very effective.

  7. lynn says:

    “take my wife to the fancy seafood restaurant where, halfway through dinner on our second date, I knew I wanted to marry her someday”.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw – that is so nice!

  8. Robert says:

    Hi, how can I get that spreadsheet you used in the movie, so I could track my intake. By the way, the movie is really good, lots of great information.

    It’s a little Access program I wrote. Doesn’t even work in later editions of Access. I might create an updated one someday.

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