Low Carbohydrate and Reduced Carbohydrate

These diets were selected for those people who would like to take in fewer carbohydrates based on preference, a “low carb” diet, or due to a diagnosis of Diabetes. The “Low Carbohydrate” diet is based on approximately 45 grams of Carbohydrates or less (0-3 starch exchanges). This was calculated on specific nutrient information provided by the restaurant. The Reduced Carbohydrate options were used when specific nutrient information was not provided by the Restaurants. For the Reduced Carbohydrate options, I picked what I thought was a relatively healthier and potentially tastey option that either seemed to be low in carbs or I made adjustments thought would reduce the amount of carbs. All of the options are lower than 2000 mg in sodium and usually the lower Calorie options. If sodium and Calories are also a concern, please make sure you also check a reduced Calorie diet and/or a low sodium diet.

Why Follow a Diet lower in Carbohydrate?

Diabetes has become an epidemic in this country. Excess medical expenses and reduced productivity due to diabetes costs the U.S. economy more than $174 billion annually, a figure that could be reduced by lifestyle modifications and preventive care as supported by three articles in the recent issue of Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

The article entitled "Medical Cost Associated with Prediabetes" showed that in 2007, care for these patients was more than $25 billion, or an additional $443 for each adult compared to individuals with normal blood sugar levels, according to a study by Yiduo Zhang, PhD, and colleagues from the Lewin Group (Falls Church, VA) and Ingenix/i3research (Basking Ridge, NJ and Nanterre, France).

Excessive use of medical services by adults with diabetes could be reduced by better adherence by physicians to evidence-based clinical guidelines intended to improve diabetes care. Thomas Foels, MD, and
Sharon Hewner, RN, PhD, from Independent Health Association (Buffalo, NY).

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