Low-Carb, and Still Delicious?
Right now, between two big food-oriented holidays, is the perfect time think about a low-carb diet. From the Atkins Diet to the South Beach Diet, people have seen results in weight loss by watching their carbohydrate count. But consuming less carbs is important for more than just weight loss. A low-carb diet can also increase your "good" cholesterol, decrease high blood pressure, increase your energy, and improve your mood, emotions and mental concentration. A reduction in excess carbs in your diet can also end the vicious cycle of cravings for sweets and other high-carb foods.
Diabetics need to watch their carb and sugar intake daily. Which is why this week's theme was a perfect shoe-in for Carolyn Ketchum, who writes the blog,All Day I Dream About Food. Almost all of her recipes are low-carb because Carolyn was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her last pregnancy. The condition never went away, despite her relatively healthy lifestyle, and being pre-diabetic has caused her to re-evaluate her cooking and baking methods. We love what she's done so far!
In addition to low-carb, most of Carolyn's recipes are gluten-free, too. The link between diabetes and gluten is just beginning to be understood. A recent article in the Journal of Immunology has shown that sensitivity to gliadin (the protein found in wheat) can cause insulitis in mice. But diabetics already know that wheat has a high glycemic index, so for them, being (almost) gluten-free is a natural part of their diet.
It used to be that a gluten-free diet was almost automatically low-carb, too, because tasteful substitutions for gluten-free baked goods used to be hard to come by. But talented bakers and food manufacturers have found ways around that, and now you can find gluten-free baked goods that taste just as great as the original gluten versions. But they are just as high-carb, and sometimes more. Its important that if you are on a gluten-free diet, that you don't just replace all your favorite wheat foods with gluten-free renditions of them, and think that you are doing yourself a favor. A cupcake is still a cupcake, whether its gluten-free or not, and should be eaten as a treat, not on a regular basis. The same can be said of pastas and breads, which, although gluten-free, are still high in carbohydrates and calories (unless its a bread made from almond flour – see our cookbook review below).
So before you begin the holiday party circuit this month, please enjoy some low-carb meals, and try to think of party food as just that – occasional (and small) indulgences, not your main meal. We have many low-carb recipes, some so low in carbs that they are even diabetic-friendly. While they are all delicious and satisfying, this amazing combination of chocolate and pumpkin in a chili, was a clear winner. Rich, heavenly, and still healthy! Enjoy!
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