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Plantains And Dieting
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Good substitute for grain? As grains are inflammatory and not all that useful minus fiber. Or is a little bit of grain still good? (cereal/toast)
Good question: The grain, e.g. Rice is just starch. Mother nature surrounded the grain with a cusp that contains the vitamins to metabolize the starch. That is why whole grain bread is nutritious while white bread provides only calories. In my view, even vitamin enrichment of white bread is not sufficient to meet demand. ...Read more
Neither!: If you are comparing white rice and normal flour based pasta, the answer is neither. They are both very high in easily digestible carbohydrates that cause a large Insulin response with very little nutritional value. Brown rice and whole grain pasta retain some fiber and nutrients, but are still high in easily digestible carbohydrates. ...Read more
Whole fiber: White rice has been associated with a small increased risk for diabetes ( about 13%) and brown rice has been associated with a similar decrease risk for developing diabetes ( about 14%). No one know for sure why, but it may have to do with the whole grain in brown rice. Eating whole grains is healthier for you than eating processed grains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: "In moderation" is the key, as both of these are very high in calories and fat without much nutritional benefit. It is difficult to say one is better than the other, because there are several types. Some margarine contains trans fat, which is not healthy. Other margarine has little or no trans fat, and may even be made with healthier fats, such as omega-3s. Butter has saturated fat. ...Read more
Brown: One cup of cooked brown rice provides nearly 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber. Foods high in fiber provide extra volume inside the stomach, which helps you to feel full longer. This effect proves to be particularly beneficial when you are trying to lose weight. After eating brown rice, you remain full for a longer period of time, which reduces the urge to snack between meals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Regularly drinking soda has been linked to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes, heart disease & metabolic syndrome. Other possible risks include: increased weight, decreased bone mineral density (BMD) obesity, erosion of tooth enamel, mineral depletion & dehydration. If it contains artificial sweeteners & is used daily, this is linked to a 3 fold ^ in dementia & stroke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Refining: Whole wheat has had less refining, thus has more of the original nutrients. 7 grain being probably one of the best. ...Read more
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For what reasons is a 180 calorie protein bar a better choice rather than 100 calorie ice cream bar?
How many calories in a fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil wrap? Is it better than eating a beef or pork wrap?
Varies: Number of calories would depend on the size of the wrap, and quantity and quality of the ingredients. Likely would have lower fat and less calories than the meat alternatives, but this also depends on quantity and quality of the meat. ...Read more
For nutrition-wise, is it better to eat whole fruits than juice them by the immersion blender, and why? Thank you.
Similar: Eating whole fruits is likely more healthy than drinking fruit juices that are strained. Make juices from whole fruits using an immersion blender may improve micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) availability and maintain the fiber that I robes bowel regularity. The fresher the better. ...Read more
Yes if you like it.: A good "diet" should consist of a variety of foods. There are no foods to exclude, just eat them in proper proportion. Total caloric intake is far more important than the ratio of fat to protein to carbohydrate. Diet implies temporary and "diets" are generally discouraged as they do not maintain weight loss. Wt loss and maintenance is not solved by a diet but by lifestyle change. ...Read more
Breakfast on a diet: Bananas are packed with nutrients and generally only have about 100 calories. Both oatmeal and bananas keep you full and satisfied so you aren't tempted to snack before lunch. But both can constipate if you don't get enough water and fiber in your diet. That's because bananas are technically not fruit (they're herbs!) and don't have much fiber. A handful of raisins in your cereal will help. ...Read more
Will a breakfast consisting only of bananas and green apples be good or bad for health? Is it recommended? Plus soya milk
It Depends: As with all things in life; it depends. Fructose with fiber is good and you also need protein to modulate your blood sugar spike which is bound to happen with a fruit only breakfast. I recommend doing a "smoothie" with a high grade medical food (pea and/or rice protein) along with your fruit. You will be satisfied and keep your blood glucose stable. To your best health! ...Read more
Yes: They are an excellent snack choice.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is brown rice healthy for consumption for a type 2 diabetic? I like brown rice veggie sushi, is it a healthy choice for me? Thanks.
Better than white: Rice -whether it is white or brown is a carbohydrate and should be eaten in a limited amount when you have dm. Brown rice is a better choice because it is higher in fiiber and tends to have better effect on blood sugars. I usually encourage my pts w dm to stay < 30-45grms/meal in women and < 45-60 in men- rice i feel is a carb that encourage getting rid of and focusing on increased veggies. ...Read more
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