Kay’s Naturals Mini Meals were originally developed by juvenile diabetic Linda Kazemzadeh, PhD, and food scientist Massoud Kazemzadeh, PhD. As a husband-wife team, they invented Kay’s so that diabetics would have better snacks to choose from–snacks that are both delicious and healthy for diabetics
Kay’s high-protein, high-fiber, gluten-free Mini Meals are all designed to have a low glycemic index. This means that they help diabetics maintain healthy blood sugar levels–unlike most commercial snacks, desserts, and cereals. Kay’s products can do this because of their Better Balance™ of ingredients. Each 1-oz serving of Kay’s Naturals contains:
- 17% protein—the same amount as in 3 small eggs
- 8-10% fiber
- low fat
- low carbohydrates
- low starch
The high amount of protein in Kay’s foods is very important. This is why:
Carbohydrates and sugars are digested by the body in just a few minutes. This means they give a quick burst of energy (and blood sugar), but then it is gone. And then you feel hungry again.
Protein, on the other hand, takes several hours to digest. This means that it raises blood sugar in a slow and sustained way, making you feel full much longer. The end result is that you eat less and tend to lose weight. This kind of diet helps you keep the weight off and feel more alive and energetic over time. In many cases, this kind of weight-loss can result in better control and even elimination of the diabetes.
How to use Kay’s Naturals Mini Meals
The Kay’s Naturals Better Balance™ formula makes these Mini Meals perfect as a meal replacement or as a hunger buster. Kay’s single-serving bags make them super-convenient to keep on-hand anywhere (in your purse, backpack, or back pocket!) for a quick pick-me-up anytime you need it.
For diabetics who are not trying to lose weight, we recommend using our Mini Meals as a substitute for favorite empty-calorie “junk” foods, which are always a temptation. These include chips, pretzels, cereals, Protein Puffs, and Cookie Bites.
For people who want to lose weight without sacrificing tasty foods, we recommend using our Mini Meals as a meal replacement–take a look at our Kay’s Naturals Meal Plan for Diabetes for ideas.
In short, Kay’s Naturals Mini Meals are great at helping diabetics stick to a delicious, highly-nutritious, low-glycemic diet.
To learn more about diabetes, read on…
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is classified as a metabolism disorder where the body cannot utilize sugars digested into the bloodstream correctly. Metabolism refers to the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth. Most of what we eat is broken down into glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar in the blood – it is the principal source of fuel for our bodies. When our food is digested, glucose makes its way into our bloodstream. Our cells use glucose for energy, growth and repair. However, glucose cannot enter our cells without a protein called insulin being present.
Insulin makes it possible for our cells to utilize glucose and convert it into energy. Insulin is a hormone that is produced by langerhan glands that are located in the lower part of the pancreas–an organ located close to our stomach. After a meal, the pancreas automatically releases an adequate quantity of insulin, moving digested glucose present in our blood into cells, lowering the blood sugar level in the blood. A person with diabetes has a condition in which the quantity of glucose in the blood is too elevated (hyperglycemia). There are a few possible reasons for this: One is that the body does not produce enough insulin, or it produces no insulin, or the body has cells that do not respond properly to the insulin the pancreas produces. Any of these conditions will result in too much glucose building up in the blood. This excess blood glucose is eventually cleared away from the blood by the kidneys and passes out of the body in urine. Therefore, although the blood has plenty of glucose, the cells are not able to utilize it, resulting in low energy and light-headedness. It is possible for the body to experience slight convulsions, including twitching and sweating due to energy-starved cells.
Why is it Called Diabetes Mellitus?
The word diabetes comes from the Greek language, meaning a siphon. Aretus the Cappadocian, a Greek physician during the second century A.D., named the condition he witnessed diabainein. He described patients who were urinating frequently (a condition known as “polyuria”) – as if water were being “siphoned” from the body.
The word later became diabetes from the English adoption of the Medieval Latin term diabetes.
In 1675 Thomas Willis described this disease as diabetes mellitus, although it is commonly referred to simply as diabetes. Mel in Latin means honey; the urine and blood of people with diabetes has excess glucose, and glucose is sweet like honey. Diabetes mellitus could literally mean “siphoning off sweet water”.
In ancient China people observed that ants would be attracted to some people’s urine, because it was sweet. The term “Sweet Urine Disease” was used to describe people with this disease.
Types of Diabetes
There are 3 types of diabetes:
Diabetes Type 1 – The body produces no insulin at all due to destruction or damage of the langerhan islets.
Diabetes Type 2 – The body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the insulin that is being produced is not working properly.
Gestational Diabetes – The diabetes develops only during pregnancy due to excess stress on the body or weight gain.
(Source: World Health Organization)
Diabetes Types 1 & 2 are chronic medical conditions–this means that they are persistent and perpetual. Gestational Diabetes usually resolves itself after the birth of the child.
Treatment is Effective and Important
All types of diabetes are treatable and can be managed. There is presently no known cure. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes last a lifetime and can have a dramatic effect on the various organs in the body, as well as shortening life expectancy. In most cases, with the loss of body weight, the disease can be easily managed where treatment can be reduced to the consumption of insulin tablets daily. If the patient receives regular insulin in the correct dosage and eats a diet of low glycemic index foods with no sugars or low starches, the disease can be easily be managed.
Conditions of obesity and being overweight often result in type 2 diabetes. Therefore, maintaining a healthy weight is the best preventative solution for Type 2 diabetes.
The main treatment for a patient with Type 1 diabetes is the injection of insulin, strict adherence to a low glycemic diet, and regular exercise. Patients with Type 2 are usually treated with insulin tablets, exercise, and a special diet. Insulin injections may also be required. If diabetes is not adequately controlled the patient has a significantly higher risk of developing complications, such as hypoglycemia, ketoacidosis, and nonketotic hypersosmolar coma. Longer-term complications could be cardiovascular disease, retinal damage, chronic kidney failure, nerve damage, poor healing of wounds, gangrene on the feet which may lead to amputation, and erectile dysfunction.
In the USA in 2007:
17.9 million people are diagnosed with diabetes
5.7 million people are undiagnosed with diabetes
57 million people have pre-diabetes
186,300 million (0.22%) people under 20 have diabetes
1 in every 400 to 600 under-20-year olds has Type 1 diabetes
2 million adolescents have pre-diabetes
23.5 million (10.7%) of those over 20 have diabetes
12.2 million of those over 60 have diabetes
12 million men (11.2%) have diabetes
11.5 million women (10.2%) have diabetes
(Source: American Diabetes Association, 2007)
Unfortunately, diabetes is on an incline due to obesity and the high-calorie junk food we consume. It is estimated that by 2015, one out of every 5 Americans will be struck by this disease.
Our goal at Kay’s Naturals is to change these numbers for the better. With better nutrition, we can all live healthier lives. Help us help you – try Kay’s Naturals products today and see how they can help you Live Fully!