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Beans That Are Not Legumes
No: To eat foods containing chemicals known to be similar (in effect) to the body's hormones is usually a bad idea. The dosing would vary each day because the foods never contain the same amount of chemical from meal to meal, people don't eat the same meals each day, foods from different farms have different levels of chemicals, etc... The only way to get exact amounts is by approved, purified drugs. ...Read more
What are some foods you can eat that are loaded with calories but not saturated or trans fatty acids?
Nuts: Nuts are energy dense and unsaturated fats- no trans fats either. Saturated fats come from animal sources. ...Read more
We often hear that whole grains are healthier, but they contain phytic acid. Should we be concern? Related to phytic acid, are overnight oats safe?
Phytic acid: is really of little concern except perhaps for Vegetarians since they do "bind " Iron and other nutrients. So called "Overnight Oats" are "safe" IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU ARE TRYING SOME FAD DIET! (Perhaps to loose weight??) If you are planning on "living on" "whole grains" alone FORGET IT! Nothing is "healthy" if consumed without a well balanced diet! My opinion only Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more
Are potato chips and french fries still considered vegetables? Are they bad for you even if they are cooked in "vegetable" oil?
Sort of, REALLY BAD: Technically french fries/chips are vegetables but are also junk food.When people are advised to eat veggies these aren't what's meant & don't count as credit towards servings.French fries/chips are very fattening, usually contain hazardous trans fats & have high levels of carcinogenic acrylamides. Baked potatoes have acrylamides too but less fat.See http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/439966. ...Read more
Green Beans: Green Beans are high in Vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids. In one cup of green beans, you get about 27% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, 13% of your daily requirement of fiber, and they also contain iron, B-6, Vitamin A, Magnesium, and Potassium. I recommend steaming vegetables when possible to avoid losing nutrients in the water. Frozen green beans are still healthy and retain nutrition. ...Read more
If saturated fats are a concern, why does an all plant based diet not warn about all the saturated fat in nuts and seeds?
As above : I am curious to know why this is important? ...Read more
Depends: noodles and bread are processed and contents will vary significantly depending on the producer, state, country and continent it is produced. Rice is natural hence better than usual processed food if taking in small quantity ...Read more
No, but...: ...beans and lentils are an important part of a healthy, gluten-free diet. They provide fiber, protein, antioxidants, and B Vitamins. Plus they are low in fat and calories. However, be aware of commercial preparation or cross contamination if processed on the same machines as wheat. ALWAYS read labels! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: There are an abundance of flours that do not contain gluten. Rice, Tapioca, Garbonzo bean flour, Sourgham, corn, potato, oatmeal has some - depends on the individual on tolerance, flax, and several more. Try sprouts / whole foods / most major grocery stores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Soybeans: Soybeans are the most common source of phytoestrogens. The phytoestrogens in soy are known as isoflavones. The amounts of isoflavones in 100 grams of various soy foods are: green raw soybeans, 151; miso soup, 60; tempeh, 43; silken tofu, 28; soy hot dog, 15; and soy milk, 10. ...Read more
NO: Every part of pomegranate has medicinal value. Tea made with dried skin cure dysentery & useful in prostate problems. Pomegranate juice contains polyphenols,tannins & anthocyanins. In patients with severe carotid stenosis, consumption of 250 ml of pom juice for 1 year resulted in 35% reduction of atherosclerotic patches. ...Read more
Equivelent: Nutritionally equivalent.Get a more detailed answer ›
I hear a lot of people saying soy beans are poisonous. What evidence are they basing this on? Pesticide residues or effects of phytoestrogens?
Anti nutrients : It's more an issue of natural chemicals in the soy bean that bind nutrients. That is mitigated by fermenting the soy (miso/natto/some tofu). There are concerns that consuming large quantities can alter estrogen levels so it shouldn't be eaten daily. The last issue is gmo- most commercial soy is modified and that is not fit for consumption. The toxins in that seed alters gut flora. ...Read more
When doctors say it is healthier to snack on nuts, do they also mean peanuts, Corn Nuts, or pine nuts? Those 3 are not truly nuts, right?
Calories to fat: Even if a food does not have a high fat content, if calories are excessive (more than burned) than this will be eventually be turned into fat by the body. ...Read more
Any : Any combination you enjoy eating.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not generally: So long as the herbs (or other vegetables) are grown under modern and sanitary conditions, they should be generally safe to eat raw. It is, however, always a good idea to wash your fresh herbs and veggies, including salad greens, before eating them. If you're particularly concerned, there are special soaps you can use. ...Read more
Soy: Soy and soy based products contain phytoestrogens. ...Read more