Articles by Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE (5 Articles)

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes educator.


Lorena specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education and is an expert in developing culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials. She founded Hispanic Foodways, which received the New York City Small Business Award in 2006. She developed the Nutriportion™ Measuring Cups that has the calorie and carbohydrate amounts of common foods embossed on each cup and the Nutriportion™ Hispanic Food Cards that have pictures and nutrition composition of common Hispanic foods.


Lorena served on the American Association of Diabetes Educators board of directors from 2006-2010, Chair for Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition. She was Past President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators in 2004. Lorena won the Diabetic Living People’s Choice Award in 2012.


She is the author of the book Beyond Rice and Beans: The Caribbean Guide to Eating Well with Diabetes published by the American Diabetes Association. She is a contributing author and co-editor of the book Cultural Food Practices and Diabetes, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and print communications chair for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialty Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena’s new publication, The 15-Minute Consultation: How to Enhance Learning and Get Your Message Across Every Time will be published in 2014 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena has appeared on several national TV shows speaking about diabetes management, including The Early Show and dLife TV.


Lorena graduated cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a Masters of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, and received her BA from Queens College.

5 Foods You May Think Are Unhealthy For Diabetes–BUT AREN’T

If you have diabetes, you may have heard that some foods are good for you and some are not. While these tips may help you choose healthier options such as vegetables, and limit added sugars, you may also be avoiding foods that you think are bad for your condition but are really not. [...]

4 Great Latin Foods

Salsa sales surpass ketchup sales. Tortillas are selling at a faster pace than potato chips. A growing U.S. Hispanic population and America’s appetite for new Hispanic flavors have boosted the availability and sales of Hispanic foods. The craving for Hispanic foods is not just limited to Mexican foods. There is an interest in the gastronomy of South America and the Caribbean. [...]

What’s New with Beans

Whether you call them beans, legumes or pulses, beans are nutritionally wholesome. They are gastronomically versatile, economical, and with the exception of soy, most beans are non-genetically modified foods. Beans are a great source of soluble fiber, high-quality protein and minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. Soluble fiber has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. [...]

3 Healthy Reasons to Add Mushrooms to Your Plate

Favored in salads and soups for their earthy, smoky and meaty taste, edible mushrooms are found in every supermarket. Long considered healthful for their medicinal properties, shiitake, enokitake, maitake and oyster mushrooms have been part of the Asian diet for centuries. In the United States, mushrooms are produced in every state, but Pennsylvania accounts for 61% of the country’s mushroom production. Although considered a vegetable, mushrooms are fungi. [...]

How to Find the Best Olive Oil

You ran out of oil. You have your grocery shopping list in one hand and you are armed with knowledge. Olive oil is the cardiovascular health darling. “It’s all I use,” says Magaly, one of my patients diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol levels. “It has no cholesterol,” she adds with an approving nod. Olive oil has once again garnished attention following the results of the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet, the PREDIMED study. [...]
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