Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl en Bioethics, Evidence Based and Best Practices, Lifestyle, beBee in English Radio Show Host • ToniCity a Toni No Bologny Network 16/5/2017 · 5 min de lectura · +500

Why do Nutritional Labels need to @beBee accurate?

Today we have an increased number of people with Diabetes Type 1 and 2. Their intake of medications depends on what they consume.

I have family members and friends who take medications and must regulate their sugar intake. Their dosing depends on accurate food labels.

Can you rely on current labels? Not so much. Why? Because the added sugars are not currently included. 

One time, while visiting my dad,  he was so worried about what his doctor thought about his blood sugars he asked me to test my blood sugars. I thought he was concerned about my health. Curious, I obliged, but finally figured out he was trying to give the doctor data that looked like his numbers were within range. 

My dad died from complications of heart disease because of Type 2 Diabetes. Between his body, mind, food and the medical industry there were some obvious communications breakdown. 

Having someone close to me with Type 1, I knew that my dad was not taught the same management strategy for his Type 2 as are taught for Juvenile Onset Type 1.

Later, I would find out that some friends with Type 2 were having the same issues as my dad. I explained how JDT1 are taught to manage their blood sugars and they said they were not taught the same strategy.

I am curious as to why it would be any different. If the goal is keeping your blood sugar within range of 80 - 150, why should the strategy vary?

It is difficult for people to keep their numbers in range but it is also difficult for them to avoid those products that include non essential carbohydrates.

One thing for certain, people whose blood sugars fluctuate have mood swings. This can cause doctors to diagnose you with depression and prescribe medications that you may not need if you kept your blood sugars in range. 

Low blood sugar can cause you to be weepy. High blood sugars can cause you to be irritable.

Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain will tell you that Pfizers own hundreds of thousands of studies concluded that 70% of health issues and mood and/or behavioral disorders can be solved by nutrition alone.

Why waste money on non essential food items? Marketing propaganda, perhaps. It makes or breaks economies.

Ethical industry standards and economies using Evidence-based practices will help people to thrive and thriving people drive awesome communities and mindful economies. 

The Nutritional Label and strategies in education for Diabetes management is too complicated. Some providers say "eat what you want" and others "cut out sugar all together". Imagine them saying that in front of a child. Which way do you think the child is going to go? The struggle is real folks. lol

If you make food from scratch you get to control the sugar content and the type of sugar you use. 

I've met Type 2 people that go to bed without knowing what their number is. They will also wake up and eat without checking themselves first and wonder how they got off track. You must know your number before bedtime, in the morning and a couple of times throughout the day.

A friend of mine has turned me onto MyFitnessPal, but I haven't really utilized this tool because I am trying to hold on to as much privacy as I can, however, I know it can be useful. At the time I looked into it, it did not have a Diabetic module.

I put a call out to my developer friends and asked them to come up with better tools. I reprimanded Children's Hospital educators for not pushing their tech departments to invest in developing better software tools. The more tools they have and the earlier they start to utilize them the better.

Teens feel invincible and are ending up on transplant lists because they are having a hard time with management. Their parents are not able to persuade them because for some reason it's in style to program children that parents are out of touch and "do they can't relate"...  

If you teach your JDT1 child early to do the calculations, it helps them transition into adulthood management easier and it also builds their math skills too. 

Measuring your food seems tedious it is so much easier to manage your diet. I buy glass bowls that are the ideal size. I cook large low carb meals a couple of times a week and freeze them. I've developed a recipe for a low carb muffin that uses Hazelnut, Almond and Coconut flour then I add my favorite fruit or preserves. I'll post the recipe soon.

When you keep a log, it serves as a communication tool between parents and doctors. This way you can notice when the threshold has changed and when a dose change is necessary. It helps notice how intake of carbs effects you. It also makes you aware of how exercise and stress effects your number. Eventually you will notice patterns which makes everything so much easier.

There are now so many apps out there that help you with calorie and carb counts, but not as many with the dosing of insulin. Once utilizing the tools you discover, managing your numbers are not as complicated as you thought! It is better for you to be informed if you want your mission on this planet to last longer. If not, then by all means, ignore yourself and me. Nothing to see here. 

One thing for sure is that when our organs are failing us, our communication network in our body is also failing. Each of our organs have a vital job. They transfer their goods from one hub to the next. It reminds me of manufactured goods transport, which I happen to be an expert at. If anything in this network breaks down, the entire system is effected. 

I repeat: Each organ has its roll. The pancreas is a vital organ. If it fails, so many other communications in your body's network system is effected. 

Sometimes we feel great and believe nothing can harm us. Perhaps the food industry thinks our mission is to volunteer our stomachs as their garbage disposals. Or maybe they think it is our mission to filter everything through our space suits to process it for them so they can evaluate it.  

Do you know what your mission is? One thing for sure, if you destroy your space suit, your body, your mission is over. Even if you haven't figured out what your mission on this planet is yet. 

Sometimes we opt into things by signing contracts, sometimes we opt into things by what we digest. 

We are what we digest, beBee it food, information or programming.

What's your number? Are you able to keep your space suit in optimal networking and communications performance?

Below is the new FDA label changes. The simplest way to control your sugar intake is to illuminate it all together. You cannot do that when it is not on the label. Which is one reason I try to stay away from processed foods. "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."

FDA Nutritional Label Requirement Changes 2018

Compliance Dates of Other Nutrition Initiatives
FDA received questions about the timing of the compliance dates for its various nutrition initiatives and their impact on food manufacturers and is providing the following questions and answers.
Why aren’t the compliance dates for the various nutrition initiatives that manufacturers have to meet more coordinated?
Actually, they are. In summer of 2018, manufacturers will have to comply with key nutrition initiatives. The key dates are as follows:
  • On June 18, 2018, manufacturers must ensure that their products no longer contain partially hydrogenated oils for uses that have not been otherwise authorized by FDA.
  • Also on July 26, 2018, vending machine operators with glass front vending machines will have to comply with all requirements of the vending machine labeling rule. FDA delayed the compliance date for calorie declaration requirements for certain food products sold from glass-front vending machines in part to be consistent with the compliance date for the new Nutrition Facts label requirements so that manufacturers can make changes to front-of-pack labeling for products they supply to vending operators at the same time that they make changes to the Nutrition Facts label.
How do menu labeling requirements impact packaged food manufacturers?
The requirements for menu labeling largely affect a different segment of industry—restaurants and similar retail food establishments. We do not expect these requirements to have a great impact on manufacturers. Those establishments that are covered by the menu labeling rule must comply with menu labeling requirements by May 5, 2017.
What about the targets for sodium reduction that FDA is developing?
The targets for sodium reduction that FDA is developing are voluntary so there will be no compliance date. However, we are recommending timeframes for companies that choose to implement the targets, once finalized. FDA has published for public comment draft voluntary targets for reducing sodium in commercially processed and prepared food both in the short-term (2 years) and over the long-term (10 years). https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm
RIP Dad, I miss and love you very much. Happy Fathers day. I hope you are enjoying yourself in La Bussola.  
Why do Nutritional Labels need to @beBee accurate?
Keep it moving baby!


#5 My mom had a diabetic emergency. Unfortunately my siblings were not as wise as their PHD's or FB accounts would you have you believe. Data matters. Systems and routines have been a saving grace for me when trying to manage my sons T1D and for my moms T2D management as well. Caring for my mom 24/7 is challenge but it really makes manage my carbs and health better... I'm still a hot mess looking for a better way to happen... but at least I am an expert at keeping it moving!

Thanks for your comments and interaction. I do appreciate it.

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Claire L Cardwell 8/11/2018 · #5

#3 @Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl - I do try and avoid processed foods where ever possible, it's all too easy to fall into that habit, especially when you live alone!

I am a Queen of one pot cooking and often make a chili and eat over 5-7 days (depending on how greedy I am...)

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#2 Thank you for sharing Claire!

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#2 You would think that would be a no brainer. However, most people, I have found, do not care quite enough to bother.

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Claire L Cardwell 7/11/2018 · #2

@Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl - what a disgrace that checking food labels is such a mission - surely by now people would know how much sugar they are putting in their bodies?

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@Donna-Luisa Eversley, thank you for sharing my article, I appreciate it!.

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