Are You Nuts About Nuts, Berries And Oils?


Nuts, berries and oils seem to be in the news a lot lately, thanks to the health benefits that they provide. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and most other types of nuts are great for your heart. Berries, such as straw-berries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries, are rich in antioxidants, substances that fight damage caused by toxic byproducts (free radicals).  Polyunsaturated and mono­unsaturated oils are the healthy oils found in nuts, fish and vegetable oils, such as olive, safflower, canola and sunflower oils.

Click here for a quick review of each of those foods, along with some new ways they can help your diabetes control.


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Johanna Burani is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over twenty-five years of experience in nutritional counseling. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Saint Bonaventure University and her Masters of Education from Long Island University, C.W. Post College. She completed her American Dietetic Association registration requirements at Montclair State University and Chilton Memorial Hospital in northern New Jersey.

While working in a hospital-based obesity center in 1993, Johanna was invited by the medical director to collaborate on a weight loss book, The G-Index Diet. She has incorporated the use of low glycemic index carbohydrates into her private practice ever since. Since 1995, she has worked on publications with the premier glycemic index research team at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs (2nd Ed.), rated by Self Magazine as the #1 diet book in 2004. She has co-authored five other books on glycemic index, writes for mainstream diabetes magazines and websites, as well as for professional publications. Her practice-based, original research on the use of the glycemic index in Medical Nutrition Therapy was published in 2006 in The Diabetes Educator.

Although she loves to write and do research, Johanna’s first love is her patients. A team player in a prolific endocrine practice in Wayne, New Jersey, she specializes in empowering her patients to improve their health with practical nutrition information that incorporates the concept of the glycemic index.

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