• Can a Person with Prediabetes Eat Sweet Potatoes?

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 21, 2022

    You’ve probably heard that people with prediabetes or diabetes should not eat sweet potatoes because they contain too many carbohydrates and cause insulin and blood sugar spikes.  That, my friend, is a myth! You can eat sweet potatoes if you have prediabetes or diabetes. But, you must be cautious of your portion size and the types of food you pair them with. Get this right, and you can avoid the…

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  • Bio & Me Super Seedy & Nutty Gut-Loving Granola | My Honest Opinion

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 17, 2022

    Bio & Me is the brainchild of Dr Megan Rossi, a registered dietitian nutritionist with a PhD in gut health and a research fellow at King’s College London. Bio & Me produces a range of granola, muesli, and oats with prebiotic fibres that boost gut health. Keep reading for my thoughts on their super seedy and nutty gut-loving granola.  Research is increasingly showing the importance of gut health to wellbeing. …

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  • Not Just High, But Low Levels of LDL ‘Bad’ Cholesterol May Raise Diabetes Risk

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 14, 2022

    Both high and low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol may increase the risk of diabetes, a new observational study has found. Compared to people with normal cholesterol levels, individuals with low and high levels of LDL cholesterol had a 57% and 29% higher risk of diabetes, respectively.   The study, “Both low and high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol are risk factors for diabetes diagnosis in Chinese adults,” was published…

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  • Broccoli Pesto Pasta with Edamame

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 12, 2022

    With an estimated glycaemic load of 12.2, classified as medium,  this vegetarian broccoli pesto pasta with edamame is another blood-sugar friendly recipe. It is rich in fibre, quality protein and many essential vitamins and minerals including Iron, providing 2.8 mg or 20% of the daily recommended nutrient intake (RNI) for women Zinc, providing 2.5 mg or 24% of the daily RNI Vitamin A, providing 225 mcg or 28% of the daily RNI Folates,…

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  • Start Eating a Healthy Low-GI Diet in 4 Simple Steps

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 10, 2022

    Eating a low glycaemic index (GI) diet is a fantastic way to maintain overall health and prevent or reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Wondering what a low-GI diet is? A low-GI diet consists of slow-digesting carbohydrates that increase blood glucose levels gradually without causing insulin spikes. Low-GI carbohydrates include beans, lentils, barley, green leafy vegetables, and apples.  As you may have guessed, eating a well-balanced low-GI diet can minimise…

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