Fast facts on canola oil and The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen Cookbook


You need a little fat in your diet for good health. Oils and fats supply energy, carry flavors, and help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A, D, E, and K. But make sure it’s the right kind of fat unsaturated. Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, which can negatively impact your cholesterol, thereby increasing your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

  • Canola oil has the least amount of saturated fat of all common cooking oils – half that of olive oil – and it is free of trans fat and cholesterol.
  • Canola oil has a high smoke point (heat tolerance) and a neutral taste, so is perfect for just about every culinary application.

We are giving away a copy of “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast, and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil.”  This cookbook was developed by CanolaInfo and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is filled with healthy, delicious and easy recipes. Seven bloggers from the CanolaInfo team prepared all 151 recipes. Each blogger has a different life perspective to offer — some with culinary expertise, some married with children and others young career-focused urbanites still learning their way around the kitchen. While culinary levels in this group vary, they all want to share one message: Healthy cooking is for everyone! All 151 recipes in “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen” are made with healthy canola oil.  All proceeds from the cookbook go to the ADA. The “Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen” is available from the ADA online store and in bookstores – but you can win a copy today – just go to our main blog page and click on follow my blog under networked blogs – one lucky subscriber will win a free copy of “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen” cookbook. Drawing will be held on June 30, 2010 so sign up today!

Spiced Berry Sauce

1 lb fresh (or partially thawed frozen) mixed berries
1 tablespoon canola oil
1½ tablespoons orange zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water
⅓ cup sugar

1. Combine all ingredients, except water and sugar, in a shallow pan, such as a 9-inch, deep-dish glass pie pan; set aside.

2. Bring water to a boil over high heat in a small saucepan. Add sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. Pour hot sugar mixture over fruit mixture, and toss gently, yet thoroughly, to blend. Let stand 30 minutes.

3. Sauce can be served on melon slices, banana slices, fat-free ice cream, angel food cake, waffles, or French toast.

Yield: 12 servings. Serving size: ¼ cup sauce.

Check out some other great recipes at


March 23rd is American Diabetes Association Alert Day


According to the American Diabetes Association between the day this movement started on October 29, 2009 and today, over 570,000 of our friends, family members and colleagues have been diagnosed with diabetes. That’s one person every 20 seconds. Join the movement and Stop Diabetes!

We wanted to share some facts from the American Diabetes Association:

One in 5 Americans is at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Nearly 6 million people have diabetes and don’t know it.

Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in adults.

Diabetes doubles your risk for heart attack and stroke.

1 in 3 American children born today will develop diabetes if current trends continue.

March 23, 2010 is the 22nd annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day.  It’s the day we want you to learn your risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the simple Diabetes Risk Test online. It’s the day to ask if your loved ones could be could be a part of the 57 million Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes – and it’s the day to share the Diabetes Risk Test with them. It’s the day to Stop Diabetes by taking steps toward prevention.

Visit to take the Diabetes Risk Test Today!!

Looking for more info about diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association site at

Looking for more info about preventing heart disease and stroke visit

Are You Ready for American Diabetes Month?


November is American Diabetes Month, devoted to increasing awareness about diabetes and educating people about the prevention and  treatment of diabetes.  We all need to pay attention to this increasing epidemic. 

Some alarming facts about diabetes:

1 in 3 American children born this year will develop diabetes if they follow the typical American diet and lifestyle.

Every 20 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness in adults.

Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for heart disease and stroke in both men and women.  Adults with diabetes are at a 2 to 6 times higher risk of having a heart attack.

The American Diabetes Association has just released some great new educational videos covering a multitude of diabetes lifestyle and management tips.  Go to to view free.

Also during the month of November help get the message out there to both adults and kids about the risks associated with diabetes, prevention tips and the importance of appropriate management. 

Why should you get involved?  Someone you know either has diabetes or is at risk to develop diabetes (maybe even you).

Two of the most important things to do to prevent diabetes:

1)      Maintain a healthy weight AND waist (men’s waist circumference should be less than 40 inches and women’s waist circumference should be less than 35 inches)

2)      Get a moderate amount of exercise daily

“Take Charge: A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Heart” discusses how women can control their  risk factors to prevent a heart attack, stroke and diabetes.  Also include info for women with diabetes – how to control your risk factors to prevent heart disease.

 “Take Charge: A Man’s Roadmap to a Healthier Heart” is due to be released Fall 2009. For more info visit