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Beneficial Effects of High Dietary Fiber Intake in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Manisha Chandalia, M.D., Abhimanyu Garg, M.D., Dieter Lutjohann, Ph.D., Klaus von Bergmann, M.D., Scott M. Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., and Linda J. Brinkley, R.D.
ABSTRACT
Background The effect of increasing the intake of dietary fiberon glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitusis controversial.
Methods In a randomized, crossover study, we assigned 13 patientswith type 2 diabetes mellitus to follow two diets, each forsix weeks: a diet containing moderate amounts of fiber (total,24 g; 8 g of soluble fiber and 16 g of insoluble fiber), asrecommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), anda high-fiber diet (total, 50 g; 25 g of soluble fiber and 25g of insoluble fiber) containing foods not fortified with fiber(unfortified foods). Both diets, prepared in a research kitchen,had the same macronutrient and energy content. We compared theeffects of the two diets on glycemic control and plasma lipidconcentrations.
Results Compliance with the diets was excellent. During thesixth week of the high-fiber diet, as compared with the sixthweek of the ADA diet, mean daily preprandial plasma glucoseconcentrations were 13 mg per deciliter (0.7 mmol per liter)lower (95 percent confidence interval, 1 to 24 mg per deciliter[0.1 to 1.3 mmol per liter]; P=0.04) and mean daily urinaryglucose excretion was 1.3 g lower (median difference, 0.23 g;95 percent confidence interval, 0.03 to 1.83; P=0.008). Thehigh-fiber diet also lowered the area under the curve for 24-hourplasma glucose and insulin concentrations, which were measuredevery two hours, by 10 percent (P=0.02) and 12 percent (P=0.05),respectively. The high-fiber diet reduced plasma total cholesterolconcentrations by 6.7 percent (P=0.02), triglyceride concentrationsby 10.2 percent (P=0.02), and very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterolconcentrations by 12.5 percent (P=0.01).
Conclusions A high intake of dietary fiber, particularly ofthe soluble type, above the level recommended by the ADA, improvesglycemic control, decreases hyperinsulinemia, and lowers plasmalipid concentrations in patients with type 2 diabetes.

"Six Secret Snacks from Hungry Girl!"
Hungry Girl Blog - 05/01/07

(Exerpt from original article by Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien)

Chew This Instead: Chocolite (30 calories, 2g fat per piece)
HG Bottom Line: Don't break open that box of chewy, nut-packed chocolates. Rip open a pack of Chocolite chocolate candy (it comes in flavors like Crispy Caramel and Almond Fudge!). It's sugar-free, delicious and has just 30 calories and 2 grams of fat per piece. That's less than HALF the calories and a mere fraction of the fat. Holy moly! (Pssst... be careful not to overeat these things! Too much of ANY candy = no good.) (see complete article)

"Six Secret Snacks from Hungry Girl!"
Hungry Girl Blog - 05/01/07

(Exerpt from original article by Lisa "Hungry Girl" Lillien) If you're looking for a way to enjoy a caramel, nut, and nougat-packed chocolate candy for just 30 calories per piece (um, who isn't?), you are in MAJOR luck. These chewy treats really are an awesome swap for high-calorie chocolates, like the ones you find at Godiva, See's, etc.! Don't be duped by other sugar-free chocolates on supermarket shelves that have as many calories and as much fat as the originals. Added bonus: Each piece also has 6 grams of filling fiber! Choose from decadent Almond Fudge, Crispy Caramel, Pecan Cluster, and Peanut Chews. This one little link will connect you tons of places to find 'em. Go on, click it! (see complete article)

Comparing Diet and Nutrition Plans

By Elizabeth Quinn, About.com

Updated: September 12, 2006
 
Michael Dansinger, MD, from Tufts University, conducted a study to find out which commercial diet plan worked the best. His conclusion is that most commerical diet plans and nutrition programs work equally as long as participants stick with them. Although one plan may appeal more to some people for personal reasons, the overall finding is that weight loss and maintenance is due to more exercise and fewer total calories.
People who stayed on their diet for a full year experienced the most weight loss. Study results showed a 6 percent weight loss for the Ornish program participants, a 5 percent weight loss for those on both Weight Watchers and the Zone diets and a 4 percent weight loss for Atkins dieters.
Even with a moderate weight loss, participants significantly reduced their heart disease risk -- by 5 percent to 15 percent on average.
For the study, 160 overweight people were randomly assigned to one of the four diets. They followed a supervised program for two months and were left to continue the diets on their own. After only two months, 22 percent quit the study. After a year, 35 percent dropped out of Weight Watchers and the Zone diets, and 50 percent quit the Atkins and Ornish plans.
The researchers said the study suggests there is no one-size-fits-all diet best for everyone and any diet can work if it helps someone eat less and lose weight.
So while this study does seem to conclude that any diet can work, the drop-out rate raises other issues. It may be that finding and sticking with a balanced approach to eating for life is still the best long-term solution to maintaining a healthy weight.
ChocoLite can help you stay on your diet by offering acceptable versions of foods you love.
 

"HealthSmart Foods' Healthy Chocolate Bars."
Vitamin Retailer - 04/01/06

Check put our writeup in Vitamin Retailer about Chocolite bars.
(download PDF of article)

"Candy That Counts"
Drugstore News - 02/01/06

Low carb as a trend may be well on the wane, but many people still count calories—and they still feel guilty about eating candy. But Healthsmart Foods’ new line of chocolate-based offerings puts to rest any concerns consumers may have about their candy-eating habits. Th e Chocolite line is made up of four flavors of candy bars— pecan clusters, peanut ch e w s, c r i s py caramel and almond fudge—whose big sell is that they contain only 30 calories. And for those consumers looking deeper into the nutrition facts labels, there are 6 grams of fiber, 2 grams of fat and 1 gram of net carbs.To appeal to those with special needs, the sugar- free product was designed to be safe for those with diabetes and has only half a point on the Weight Watchers counting system. Healthsmart’s Marc Howlett notes that the flavor profile is s u ch that if they weren’t told about Chocolite’s low number counts, they’d have no idea it was diet friendly. The Chocolite launch comes at a time when diet candy sales are in a serious slump. Sales of dietetic candy in food, drug and mass (excluding Wal-Mart) dropped 33.8 percent over the prior year period, according to ACNielsen.
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