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Kids With Food Allergies Web Resources

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the nation’s oldest and leading asthma and allergy charity. With one in 13 children now having a food allergy, Kids With Food Allergies’ services are needed more than ever. We are a vital lifeline to families raising children with food allergies.

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Insufficient evidence vitamin D, calcium prevent fractures

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said today that it recommends against low doses of vitamin D or calcium for the prevention of fractures in post-menopausal women. The USPSTF also stated that the evidence is insufficient that doses of vitamin D greater than 400 IU and daily doses of 1,000 mg of calcium help prevent fractures in women who have gone through menopause.

Read on Helio: USPSTF: Insufficient evidence vitamin D, calcium prevent fractures

Higher HbA1c means increase diabetic ketoacidosis risk

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LOS ANGELES — Adults with type 1 diabetes and HbA1c levels of at least 9% are more likely to develop diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, than those who reach lower targets, according to findings presented at AACE Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress. “Achieving glycemic control remains a major barrier to the health and well-being of patients with type 1 diabetes. In addition to the

Read on Helio: Higher HbA1c, daily insulin injections increase diabetic ketoacidosis risk

This Study Says Coffee Drinkers Live Longer, But Is There More to It?


People who drink coffee live longer

The latest in the dizzying back-and-forth debates about coffee is offered in an article by F. Perry Wilson MD, July 02, 2018 published in MedPage Today. This interesting article published by Medpage Today is about a study done on the lifespans of coffee drinkers. The study concludes that coffee drinkers do indeed live longer than non-coffee drinkers and there may even be a dose-response effect with more coffee being more protective.

But, there’s more to it…

It’s not the caffeine that has the effect

Before the study was conducted, the participants were genetically tested. One of the important pieces of data was how well an individual can metabolize caffeine. In the study, coffee drinkers with this fast caffeine metabolism experienced the same benefits as those with slower metabolisms. This means that the caffeine was in their bodies for less time, so it shouldn’t have benefited them as much. Furthermore, decaffeinated coffee provided the same life extending benefits. If it was the caffeine in coffee that was helping us, decaffeinated coffee shouldn’t have had any benefits.

The Problem with Reports on Studies Like This

Confounding Factors.  Here is the headline: Researchers discover that students’ scores on a standardized math test can be predicted by their shoe size.  It works great as long as the researchers are doing their study in an elementary school.  The obvious confounding factor here is age.

The article compares the current coffee study and the vast number of food studies like it to  ‘testing for the benefits of Vitamin C while mixing it with cocaine’. Maybe living longer is not about the coffee at all, but the type of person who drinks it. In other words, people likely to be coffee drinkers are also likely to be the kind of people who live a lifestyle that makes them live longer.

Read more in the original article from MedPage Today.

Can Plate Sizes Help You Eat Less Automatically?

We came across this article by researcher, Brian Wansink, PhD who is writer of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think published on his website at His article goes into greater detail, but …

Here are some of the takeaways….

Studies have been conducted which show, overall, that  smaller plates can help reduce consumption under specific conditions. A new study conducted by Cornell Food and Brand lab looked all these earlier research projects together.  The researchers looked at 56 research studies examining the effect of smaller plates on consumption. The studies examined a wide variety of conditions: food type, plate-type, portion-size and setting to see whether smaller plates reduce actual food consumption.

After they combined all the studies, the researchers concluded that cutting the plate size in half led to an average 30% reduction in amount of food consumed. You can cut the area of a plate by half by reducing the diameter of the plate by 30%.

Read more on this study at

It’s not just your plates making you eat more

Our other dishes including your glasses, cups, and bowls deserve some scrutiny.  The studies basically show that if you have large cereal bowls, you’ll basically eat large bowls of cereal.  If you have large beverage glasses, you’ll drink large glasses of beverages–only an advantage if you are drinking water.  So, get your crew into the habit of using the large glasses for water, the 8 ounce glasses for milk, and those tiny little 4 ounce glasses for fruit juice.

What to Expect in a TeleNutrition Visit

Telehealth allows you to connect over a secure internet site with a licensed nutrition professional from the convenience of your home. Medical nutrition therapy is regulated on the state level, therefore, you will need to choose a professional licensed in the state you are residing in.

Each professional listed on our site has received a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or dietetics, has completed an intensive internship practice, and has passed a national registration exam, as well as ongoing continuing education accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Your health insurance may provide benefits that cover our telehealth nutrition services.  Our providers are able to provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement.  In general, the Affordable Care Act requires coverage for nutrition counseling for a BMI over 30 and many states mandate nutrition education services for persons with a diagnosis of diabetes.

NutriScape.NET is in the process of  putting together a nationwide network of dietitian/nutritionists to meet your needs.

How to Plan Meals for Gestational Diabetes

When you are diagnosed with “Gestational Diabetes” and your doctor just tells you to eat healthy and cut back on carbs and sugar, that can leave you with lots of questions and a lot of fear.  Nutritionist/Dietitians are available to work with you individually to help you interpret food, activity, and blood sugar relationships to find the very best options for you.  You can search for a local professional here.

In the meantime, NutriScape.NET knows are looking for immediate and specific meal planning guidelines written to help you achieve the maximum level of blood glucose control possible. This 2 page handout gives you solid guidelines that put you in control so that you know how to keep your baby healthy.

Monash University FODMAPS App

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This  video is about Monash University’s development of the FODMAP diet and their App, which is the most up to date resource on the changing and often conflicting food data regarding the FODMAPS content of various foods.




Up To Date FODMAP Data

Monash logo  Many sources of information on FODMAP content are out of date.  The Monash App is has the most up to date information on fodmap content of foods as the research becomes available.