LCL Looks at the Industry
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
A Taste of the Orient
Man's View of Valentine's Day
Cooking with Herbs
Worried about Osteoporosis?
Expert Panel: Whole Grains
The Future of Low Carb
Fiber: Not Just for Breakfast
Fixing a Low Carb Disaster
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EDITOR IN CHIEF
VP, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
SR. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE
Keith Berkowitz, M.D.
Debbie Judd, RN
Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS
Keith Berkowitz, M.D.
Center for Balanced Health
Richard Feinman, Ph. D.
Professor of Biochemistry
Michael R. Eades, M.D.
Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE
Pres., Enjoy Life! LLC.
Steven R. Gundry, M.D.
Int'l Heart and Lung Institute
Dan Maiullo, Atty
V.P., Expert Foods
Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS
Fred Pescatore, M.D., MPH
CSO, DynaPure Nutrition
Pres. Low Carb Connoisseur
Gil Wilshire, M.D., FACOG
"Be faithful to your love and you will be recompensed beyond measure."
— Albert Schweitzer
Do you know the history of St. Valentine's Day?
In 5th Century Rome, mid-February was traditionally the time of the
Lupercian festival, an ode to the God of fertility and a celebration
of sensual pleasure, a time to meet and court a prospective mate.
But in 496 AD, Pope Gelasius outlawed the festival, choosing
instead a "lovers" saint to replace Lupercus. The martyred Bishop
Valentine was chosen as the patron saint of the new festival.
Before his death, Saint Valentine had signed his final note to his
true love, "From Your Valentine", a phrase that has lasted through
the centuries. Eventually the concept of celebrating true love
became known as Valentine's Day.
In modern times the most common gesture has been for the gentleman
to bring his lady flowers and sugary chocolates. Well, the sugary
part may be "out" for us low-carbers, but the fun of the holiday
doesn't have to be... From beautiful flowers, to elegant meals,
to romantic travel plans, make sure Valentine's Day remains special
to you. This issue will have some recipes and tips to help you
Cover photo "Love Is In The Air" Copyright © 2005 Neil Beaty for Low Carb Luxury
Cover design concept by Steffany Chernick for Low Carb Luxury
We thought everyone could use a chuckle, so for our Site of the Month for February, we've chosen a site
that contains a collection of unbelievable dumb-things-people-do stories, as well as strange news, weird town names and origins,
and a lot more.
I love the weird town names, and have actually been to a number of them: Smackover, Arkansas (a short drive from
ElDorado, where I began nursing school); Santa Claus, Indiana (where we went every year when I was a kid);
Intercourse, Pennsylvania (no comment); and Knockemstiff, Ohio. Ya gotta spend a little time at this site. :)
Our product review team features a "Product Of The
Month" in each issue of our
magazine. These products are a group consensus of those we find to be the most
innovative, healthy, tasty, and/or helpful to the low-carber's daily dietary regime.
It's been a long time since we reviewed a "bar" here at Low Carb Luxury. It had gotten to the point where there were far
too many, and they were playing fast and loose with the ingredients and health claims. And then we heard about the
new Extend Bars... bars with a different makeup... a different philosophy.
Sometimes we tend to forget the reasons that low carb diets work so well... because we are able to avoid sharp peaks in
blood sugar, we avoid the flood of insulin that causes fat storage. When we can stabilize blood glucose levels, we feel
better, lose weight (or maintain a healthy weight), and control diabetes (or insulin resistance.) But how to best do
that? Eating foods that don't cause a spike needs to be the basis of your diet. But more than that, finding
foods that allow the carbohydrates they contain to be slowly and gradually released over time is the key to appetite
control as well.
They come in 3 low carb varieties:
Apple Cinnamon Delight (with 3 net carbs per bar), Chocolate Delight (with 2 net carbs per bar), and Peanut Delight (with 2 net carbs per bar).
Extend Bars are snack bars that were originally developed for people with diabetes, so they stabilize blood sugar
for up to nine hours... yeah... really. And that means a better night's sleep (free from blood glucose dips), and no nagging hunger pangs. It's even clinically proven to reduce the calories eaten at your next meal an average of 21%!
Dr. Francine Kaufman, Head of the Center for Diabetes,
Endocrinology and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles
(and a recent past president of
the American Diabetes Association) led the 5-year effort to develop these bars, making them a product like no
other on the market.
The secret to their long lasting control might surprise you... it's uncooked cornstarch. You see, when cooked, cornstarch turns
rapidly to glucose. But uncooked, cornstarch has a very slow release profile that allows ExtendBars to maintain a steady blood glucose
for many hours.
It's also important to note that they chose to use true clinical studies to arrive at a "net" carb number, rather than using the
subtraction method of calculation. Testing for the Low Carb line of ExtendBars were done at the University of Sydney,
Australia — a leading laboratory for Glycemic Index research and certification. The numbers break down like this:
- Peanut Delight has a glycemic index of 32 with a glycemic load of only 4.
- Apple Cinnamon has a glycemic index 33 with a glycemic load of only 4.
- Chocolate Delight has a glycemic index of 41 with a glycemic load of only 5.
To help you understand what these numbers mean, A GI less than 55 is considered low GI. 56 to 69 is medium GI
and greater than 69 is high GI. A Glycemic Load (GL) of 10 or less is a low Glycemic Load food. 11-19 is medium. 20 and higher is high. ExtendBar is both a low
glycemic index and a low glycemic load food.
Do they taste good? That's always a question with low carb products that often taste little better than the box they
come in. Not the case with Extend Bars. Our review team found them very tasty and had no problem wolfing them down. :)
The Peanut Delight was a favorite with the majority, but all three flavors were received well.
They contain no trans fats, are low in fat and calories, are high in fiber and protein, and of course contain no added sugar. And the
Chocolate and Apple Cinnamon flavors are gluten free as well. Low Carb Luxury strongly recommends Extend Bars as a great
snack bar for low carb dieters, diabetics, and those with insulin resistance.
For purchase information, visit their website.
Neil's Photo of The Month:
Click the image below to download a 1024 x 768 image to use as wallpaper!
Copyright © February 2005 Low Carb Luxury. Photography
Copyright © 2005 Neil Beaty.