response to a recent article on watermelon, a reader from
Jefferson City, Missouri writes, "Interesting you did
not mention how many grams of sugar is in 1 cup watermelon
per diabetic requirements and also how quickly it spikes
blood sugars in diabetics? So many recipes state fat and
calories but few tell us sugar grams."
are just fewer than 10 grams of natural sugar (a
carbohydrate) in one cup of diced watermelon. By comparison,
one cup of orange sections provides about 21 grams of sugar.
For people with diabetes, a reasonable serving of fruit
contains about 15 grams of carbohydrate, or fruit sugar.
Fructose is the primary sugar in fruit. And since sugar is a
carbohydrate, you can often find sugar grams listed as part
of a food’s total carbohydrate content.
way to determine how quickly a sugar containing food will
spike blood sugar is to see how much dietary fiber it
contains. (Fiber is a carbohydrate the body does not
digest.) Carbohydrate foods that contain dietary fiber —
such as whole fruit and vegetables — generally cause
slower and lower rises in blood sugars than carbs that are
devoid of dietary fiber. Along with a reasonable amount of
sugar, one cup of watermelon has a small dose — about 1
gram — of dietary fiber.
from another reader: "Hi Barbara, I am curious about
the dried buffalo meat and choke cherries you mentioned in
your article ‘Traditional Nutrition.’ It sounds a lot
like pemmican to me. Is that what Joe was describing to you?
what Joe Donnell of the Lakota Sioux tribe responded. He is
the founder of Warriors’ Circle (warriorscircleup.org) who
I interviewed recently.
similar. The Lakota would dry the smashed choke cherry and
then mix it in balls of dried buffalo meat. I think other
tribes may call it pemikin."
to Wikipedia, pemmican (from the native Cree word "pimihkan")
was a convenient high energy mixture of meat and fruit that
native cultures could subsist on for long journeys when food
was scarce. It was traditionally made from the lean meat of
wild game such as bison, deer, elk or moose mixed with
various types of berries.
food was later adopted by European fur traders and explorers
as a way to survive when fresh game and other food sources
ran low. Pemmican continues to be a traditional dish in some
parts of North America including Canada.
from Salinas asks: "Does smoked trout belong in the
category of "processed meats" we are told to
any product that has been changed from its fresh state,
including fish, is processed. That includes smoked, salted
or cured meat, poultry and fish. More on this in another