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Diabetic Nutrition Bars

I first developed the Omega Smart bars for my husband who has type 2 diabetes. I started educating myself about the cause of this condition and found it was mainly due to lifestyle choices, which is what led me to develop Omega Smart bars. I hope you will be encouraged to seek out alternative care methods to help you control and even possibly reverse your diabetic condition.

Omega Smart bars have undergone glycemic studies at the University of New Hampshire, Department of Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences. Supported by a grant from the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center. The glycemic index of our bars falls between 18-22 on the glycemic scale making them acceptable for diabetics following a low glycemic diet.

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that affects more than 20 million Americans . It is estimated that 57 million more have pre-diabetes, and according to the American Diabetes Association, millions more will develop these diseases in the next decade. Type 2 diabetes is known as a lifestyle disease, sustained by a culture that promotes inactivity and unhealthy food choices, all leading to weight gain and obesity, the leading cause of type 2 diabetes! It is believed that 80 percent of the overweight will develop diabetes!

But amazingly, scientific studies have shown that you can avoid and even reverse diabetes with simple, easy-to-follow lifestyle principles, such as a good diet and exercise.

Promote healthy blood sugar levels through proper nutrition and exercise.

"Medical research confirms that up to 50% of people with Type 2 diabetes can eliminate diabetes risks and discontinue medication within three weeks by adopting a low-fat, plant food diet and regular daily exercise."
Anderson, JW and Ward, K: High Carbohydrate, High fiber diets for insulin-treated men with diabetes mellitus. Am J Clin Nutr, 1979; 32:2312-21.

Science Agrees... Tests confirm low-fat diet alone reversed type 2 diabetes in laboratory animals.

In a scientific study released on September 9, 1998, " . . . While doctors have long known that weight loss can control diabetes, this is the first scientific study to show that type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed in animals by cutting dietary fat. Moreover, the findings suggest that reducing fat, not just weight, is a primary mechanism behind the reversal."

Richard Surwit, PhD et al, September '98 Metabolism. Duke University

Since the 1930s, numerous studies have shown that a high-complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet can help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which is why you should make plant foods the mainstay of your meals. Virtually all plant foods in their original form contain complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber, which slows down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, promoting even blood sugar levels with out peaks and valleys. The best sources of soluble fiber are legumes (beans), oat bran, nuts, seeds, apples, and most vegetables.

Although moderate amounts of lean protein, primarily from fish and nonfat dairy, are fine, it is recommended you eliminate high-fat dairy (cheese, sour cream, butter, whole milk) from your diet and relegate meat to side dish status once or twice a week. Stay away from trans fatty acids, which are found in margarine, processed oils, fried foods and most commercially baked goods. Also avoid refined baked goods and starchy carbohydrates-breads, potatoes, corn, white rice and the like.

At the same time, make sure you're getting enough of the good fats-omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids-which are considered essential because they can only be obtained through foods or supplements. Fresh raw nuts and seeds are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, while cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, tuna, and trout) and flax are the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. It is recommend eating salmon or other cold-water fish several times a week, and having one to two tablespoons of flax oil, or up to one-quarter cup of freshly ground flax seed daily. Flax oil should never be heated, as its EFAs are destroyed by high temperatures. For cooking, organic virgin coconut oil is recommended due to its ability to hold up under high heat. More information on the health benefits of coconut oil click on this link.