New Nutrition Label Education Campaign, “What’s in it for You?”

The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for You?” education campaign developed by FDA, aims to raise awareness and increase use of the updated Nutrition Facts label.

Consumers, health care professionals, and educators will all benefit from this information and educational tools included in this campaign. Food labels can be confusing. This latest label, updated for the first time in 20 years, includes important changes worth exploring.

These changes by the FDA are based on advances in our understanding of nutrition and scientific research.

4 Major Updates

There are four major updates to the label around serving size, calories, % of the daily value, and the nutrients of the food.

Serving Size

Now in a larger, bolder font, the serving size is more noticeable. These adjustments mirror measurements we use when cooking. For example, a cup or tablespoon.

Serving sizes are based on the amount we typically consume in a day, rather than a recommendation of how much you should consume.

The new label may also contain multiple serving sizes if there are different foods packaged together.

Calories

The calories are also more obvious with a larger, eye-catching font.

Calorie intake should be based on the serving size food container. If the calories listed are 530, with two servings per container, eating the entire box would mean you are ingesting 1060 calories.

Each person’s daily recommended calorie intake is different, use My Plate to determine yours.

Nutrient % of Daily Value (% DV)

Daily Values are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed each day.

https://www.fda.gov/food/new-nutrition-facts-label/daily-value-new-nutrition-and-supplement-facts-labels

These daily value percentages are anchored on new nutritional research and some of the daily %s have changed. For example, total fat values have increased from 65g to 75gs per day.

Certain nutrients do not have a daily value, such as protein, sugars, and trans fats. When looking at labels, check the grams for each of these so you aren’t consuming too much in a day.

Nutrient daily values are a balancing act. We don’t necessarily need to give up our favorite foods, but rather be mindful of how the foods we eat impact our overall daily % nutrient value.

Updated Nutrients Listed

A few nutrients have been omitted in the new labels.

  • Calories from fat
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

Research indicates that calories from fat aren’t as important as the types of fat we consume. Additionally, we don’t see deficiencies of Vitamins A & C as often anymore.

New nutrients added are:

  • Added sugars
  • Vitamin D
  • Potassium

Since added sugars increase overall calories, but do not have an impact on % of DV, it is important to label these additives. Vitamin D and potassium as added because research shows many people in the United States are not getting the recommended daily value and may be deficient in each.

To explore the “The New Nutrition Facts Label: What’s in it for You?” education toolkit in English and Spanish, click here and click here.


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Pumpkin Pie Recipe – Finding Joy in Food during the Pandemic

This time of year is my favorite. Seeing the beautiful colors of the fall harvest soothes and invigorates me.  Being outdoors with my community is especially healing during this unusual and stressful time of isolation due to the pandemic.

I especially adore shopping and gathering fresh produce and other goodies from our local Farmers’ Market!

The farmer’s market is also a special place for me because my daughter works there. Her booth is overflowing with all the pumpkins and winter squash they have harvested.  Last week, at the market, my daughter introduced me to her friend as they were talking about a pumpkin pie he had made from the pumpkin that he had purchased from her. 

“Unfortunately, I can’t eat the pumpkin pie anymore because I was just diagnosed with having Type-2 Diabetes,” he explained.

 I couldn’t help but tell him that I was a Dietitian and Diabetes Specialist.

We started talking about modifying the recipe using sugar substitutes or low carbohydrate crusts. We discussed portion control and going for a walk after eating a piece of the pie. He was intrigued. 


My philosophy is that, with thoughtfulness and creativity, all of our favorite foods can be included in our meal plans with knowledge and love. 


Pumpkin and other winter squash do contain carbohydrates but are nourishing food. Benefits include:

  • They are high in fiber, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, lutein, and zeaxanthin. 
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree has 80 calories, 22 gms carbohydrate, 6 gms of fiber. 
  • A piece (1/8  of a 9-inch pie) of traditional pumpkin pie made with sweetened condensed milk contains 379 kcal and 31 gms of carbohydrate or
  • Compared to the included recipe (see below) of a piece of stevia-sweetened pumpkin pie (1/6 of a 9-inch pie) made with low fat evaporated milk and stevia containing 188 calories and 17 gms of carbohydrate. Both can be included in our meal plans if desired. 

It is important to take away the judgment around food choices, to encourage thoughtful choices, and find joy in our food.  At this difficult time, every effort to empower ourselves with choice and joy is highly recommended. 


Stevia Pumpkin Puree Recipe (Serves 6):

Choose a pie pumpkin and wash it’s exterior. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and pulp. Roast in your oven for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Simply peel away the skin from the flesh and toss the pumpkin pulp into your food processor or blender.

Ingredients:

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
  • ½ teaspoon stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 ¾ cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup low-fat evaporated milk. 

In a large bowl, whisk eggs and pumpkin puree together. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together while slowly pouring in the evaporated milk.

Pour mixture into pie crust.Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 390 degrees, reduce oven to 350 degrees and bake for another  45 – 60 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Store in the refrigerator overnight.

Written by Dawn DeSoto RD, CDCES, our resident Nutrition Content Writer


Dawn Desoto, Nutrition Content Writer

Meet Dawn Desoto, our resident Nutrition content expert. Dawn has specialized in diabetes care for over twenty years.

As a diabetes specialist, Dawn provides individual and group coaching. Dawn launched a Diabetes Prevention Program in her community and provided plant-based cooking classes coupled with take-home recipes. The participants loved the helpful, delicious, easy-to-understand food demonstrations and recipes. But, a big motivation to keep coming to classes, was the fact that they felt celebrated and supported by the kind wisdom of Dawn’s approach.

In addition to her diabetes and nutrition expertise, Dawn loves to garden, cook, swim, bike and hike with her son and daughter. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and star gazing!

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Subway’s “Bread” isn’t Bread in Ireland

Ireland’s Supreme Court announced that Subway’s sandwich “bread” cannot be legally labeled as bread.

After a Subway franchise in Ireland attempted to claim tax breaks for some of their items on the menu, a ruling was made that the bread Subway uses isn’t bread but more of a confectionary baked good.

“Subway’s bread is, of course, bread. We have been baking fresh bread in our restaurants for more than three decades and our guests return each day for sandwiches made on bread that smells as good as it tastes,” a Subway spokesperson said in a statement. The company says it’s reviewing the ruling.

Subway’s bread recipe has 10% of sugar to the weight of flour, which means their bread cannot be considered a staple food of bread and therefore ineligible for tax breaks.

This decision is in accordance with the Value-Added Tax Act of 1972 which states that “tax-exempt bread can’t have sugar, fat and bread improver exceed 2% of the weight of flour.”

This isn’t the first time Subway’s bread recipe has been questioned. In 2014 a petition went viral to remove azodicarbonamide, a chemical found in shoe rubber and items like yoga mats.

Overall, Subway, often revered as one of the healthier fast food options, may need to reevaluate its bread recipe and consider decreasing added sugar content.

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Liver Disease and Diabetes – Should We be Screening?

Over 50% of people living with diabetes have fatty liver disease.

Over the next 20 years, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and type 2 diabetes will account for 65,000 transplants, 1.37 million cardiovascular-related deaths, and 812,000 liver-related deaths.
These statistics are from a 2020 article in Diabetes Care, Economic and Clinical Burden of Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S.

Relationship between Type 2 and Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is increasingly recognized as the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome. Currently, there is no effective approved medical therapy to fix the fatty liver disease, management depends on lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and increased exercise.

Type 2 and Liver Disease Stats

About 34 million people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes. Of those, over half are also living with liver disease.

In the U.S. in 2019:

  • About 50% (18.2 million people) are living with Type 2 diabetes plus Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
  • Of those, 37% (6.4 million) have a more severe form of liver disease known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
  • Advanced fibrosis among biopsied people with NAFLD and T2DM was 17.02%
  • Twenty-year costs for NAFLD in these patients were $55.8 billion.

Should We Screen People with Diabetes for Liver Disease?

Given the high rate of liver disease in people with diabetes, I have been paying more attention to our client’s liver enzymes levels, including alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST). Elevated levels of these liver enzymes indicate inflammation and a potential pathway to liver disease progression.

After discovering elevated enzymes, we send them for further diagnostic testing to evaluate the extent of liver disease. The question is, should we make liver health screening a part of our usual diabetes practice?

Is screening cost-effective and what are the next steps?

According to a recent article in Gastroenterology, screening for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) followed by lifestyle modification among people with type 2 diabetes can be cost effective.

In a recent study, a team of researchers used a hypothetical cohort of people age 55 years with type 2 diabetes and developed a model that compared screening and treatment with no such protocol.

For the virtual intervention group, they measured ALT or AST and provided an ultrasound scan. If these tests came back positive for NAFLD, the participants underwent further screening with liver biopsies and transient elastography.

People found to have NASH with Stage 2 entered a year-long behavior program to help them with weight loss and lifestyle changes. They found the for participants with stage 2 fibrosis or higher, the screening and lifestyle intervention was just as cost-effective compared to the group with no screening.

“Our results indicate the potential value and cost-effectiveness of NAFLD screening” in people with type 2 diabetes, wrote the study authors. “Given the increasing burden of NAFLD/NASH and the expected rapid increase in approved medications, we recommend screening patients with type 2 diabetes for NAFLD.”

Click this link to read more about Screening People with Type 2 for Liver Disease.


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Food Insecurity Risk Rising for people with Diabetes

Food insecurity in the United States has doubled over the past 20 years.

Food insecurity “exists whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways is limited or uncertain” as defined by S. A. Anderson.

According to a recent study published by JAMA Network:

  • In 2015-16: 18% of adults surveyed reported food insecurity
  • In 1999-200 only 9% of adults reported food insecurity.

Food deserts, socioeconomic status, ability, and other factors impact one’s access to nutritionally healthy foods.

Food Insecurity & Diabetes

“Food insecurity in North America is consistently more prevalent among households with a person living with diabetes, and similarly, diabetes is also more prevalent in food-insecure households,” states Enza Gucciardi in “The Intersection between Food Insecurity and Diabetes.”

For people living with diabetes who experience food insecurity, adhering to diabetes self-management (DSM) regimens can be more challenging.

Often this can put a person living with diabetes in a situation in which they have to decide between healthy foods, prescriptions, or other expenses.

As Diabetes Specialists, we can create person-centered, realistic plans that are coupled with accessible resources to better support those living with diabetes.

The USDA has created a list of Food Assistance programs that may be able to help those experiencing food insecurity.

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For more information on the JAMA published study click here. Additionally, read more from “The Intersection between Food Insecurity and Diabetes” by clicking here.


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Dietary Supplements Cheat Sheet | Safety Rating for people with diabetes

Many people with diabetes seek out natural remedies to improve blood glucose and lipid levels. Supplements can be costly and are not reviewed for efficacy and safety by the Food and Drug Administration.

As diabetes specialist, we want to provide our clients with evidence-based information regarding supplement use so we can make recommendations and assist our clients with informed decision making.

Evaluation Chart of Supplements for Glucose and Lipids

To download this Supplement Safety Rating Chart, click here to view a detailed evaluation chart of “Recommended” to “Not Recommended – High Risk” supplements. Thank you, Cleveland Clinic, for creating an evidence-based review that we can share with our community!

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Cinnamon & Prediabetes – Does it help?

Can cinnamon help maintain glucose in those with prediabetes?

There have been several studies over the past decade to determine the efficacy of using cinnamon supplements to regulate blood sugars. Most of the studies found either no significant change or slight changes.

For example, a 2013 study of 70 different participants found that those who took 1 gram of cinnamon daily showed no significant changes over 30 or 60 days.

However, a recent study found that cinnamon supplements may be beneficial over time for improving glucose homeostasis in prediabetes.

This study, conducted by Giulio R. Romeo, MD, from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and Dr. Romeo’s colleagues spanned over 12 weeks across 45 participants who met the criteria for prediabetes. These participants, who were not taking a placebo, took 500mg of cinnamon supplements a day to see the impact on glucose control.

The Results

From a similar baseline, FPG rose after 12 weeks with placebo but remained stable with cinnamon, leading to a mean between-group difference of 5 mg/dL (P<0.05). When compared to the respective baseline, cinnamon, but not placebo, resulted in a significant decrease of the AUC PG (P<0.001) and of the 2-hr PG of the OGTT (P<0.05). There were no serious adverse events in either study group.

Their study found that fasting plasma glucose (FPG) rose for those who took the placebo. For those who took cinnamon supplements, their area over the curve (AUC) plasma glucose (PG) decreased along with their 2 hour PG by oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

The results suggest that over time, a cinnamon supplement of 500mg a day may help blood glucose levels for those with prediabetes.

To learn more about this study, read here.


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No Sugar for Infants & Other Recommendations from Dietary Advisory Committee 2020

A committee of experts provides recommendations for healthy eating twice every decade. These final recommendations are sent to the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture, which use them to create the final 2020 dietary guidelines for Americans.

For the first time ever, the panel is including nutrition guidelines for infants 2 years and younger, with a pointed focus on reducing sugar consumption.

On average, infants consume a teaspoon of added sugar a day while toddlers consume about 6 teaspoons a day.

“Nutritional exposures during the first 1,000 days of life not only contribute to long-term health but also help shape taste preferences and food choices.”

2020 Dietary Guidelines Report

Guidelines – Kids Under Two

  • Avoid foods and beverages with added sugars.
    Since these foods often take the place of healthier foods, children can experience poor nutrition. In addition, sugary foods and beverages are linked to excess weight and dental cavities.
  • Avoid fruit juices.
    Fruit juices are a source of sugar, without nutritional benefits. Encourage caregivers to offer whole fruits in place of juices.
  • Read labels and be on the lookout for added hidden sugars
    These include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose.
  • Breast milk is the best.
    Breast milk contains healthy micronutrients and may reduce the future risk of above-target weight, type 1 diabetes, and asthma.
  • Don’t start the first food for the baby before 4 months of age.
    Since it is associated with an increased risk of excess weight in early childhood.

Guidelines – Kids and Adults

The committee also recommended further reductions in sugar intake for those age 2 and beyond. They also suggested less alcohol for men.

  • Limit sugar intake to 6% of calories or 120 calories a day (for those on a 2000 calorie diet) This means, limiting sugar intake to 7.5 teaspoons a day.
  • Both men and women should limit alcohol consumption to 1 drink per day. Research has indicated higher average alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality.

Read more about the 2020 Dietary Recommendations

Joy of Six Resource Page

Visit our Joy of Six Resource Page which has handouts and other helpful info on strategies to decrease sugar intake.


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Join Live Stream August 5th at 11:30 am (PST)
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Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking an update.

Diabetes Specialists have a critical role in advocating for CV reduction. Coach Beverly is extending a special invitation to join this webinar on the latest standards for CV reduction.

This webinar will address:

  • insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications.
  • impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes.
  • prevention of vascular disease
  • strategies to achieve goals of care.

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The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

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