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Glycemic index.: That to which you infer is the glycemic index, which is an indicator of the simplicity of a carbohydrate source. Bananas have a high GI, and behave more like a simple sugar. Apples, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries have a low GI, behaving more like complex carbohydrates. ...Read more
The are not!: Low in calories on a weight basis. Complex carbs (starches) are immediately broken down to sugar, in your mouth (amylase), and your intestine ( alpha-glucosidase). The immediately signal the release of insulin, which puts triglycerides into a fat cell, by the enzyme fatty acid synthase. ...Read more
Biochem 101: Some carbohydrates are soluble in water. Examples are glucose, fructose, and sucrose. You have probably heard of these- they are often added to processed food. Some carbohydrates are not soluble. Some are not even digestable! Think about celery. When you chop it up, what is it made of? Can it dissolve in water? Some large-sized carbohydrate molecules from plants are not be soluble. ...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
Is fructose as damaging as other types of sugars (glucose)? If so, should we limit our fruit consumption if trying to cut down on monosaccharides?
If sugar is considered inflammatory, how are many fruits such as berries which are loaded in sugar considered anti-inflammatory?
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
Foods Protein V itC: I commend you for wanting to have foods rich in protein and Vitamin C. KELLOGG'S Complete Oat Bran Flakes KELLOGG'S SPECIAL K RED BERRIES KELLOGG'S, SPECIAL K Low Carb Lifestyle Protein Plus KASHI HEART TO HEART, Honey Toasted Oat Ralston Enriched Bran flakes KASHI HEART TO HEART, Instant Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon, dry KASHI HEART TO HEART, Instant Oatmeal, maple, dry See a Nutritionist ...Read more
All Sugars Are Bad: There is no proof that sugars from fruits like fructose are much better than regular table sugar. Brown sugar, white sugar, "raw" sugar are all the same, avoid them. Whole fresh fruits--berries, apples, peaches pears, oranges have lots of fiber which causes slow absorption of the sugars and are great. ...Read more
Are potassium and sodium nitrate in processed meats carcinogenic? How often is it recommended you eat these preservatives and serving size?
Not Healthy food: Processed meats are not healthy food. it is to be avoided. so should Red meat be aavoided as these foods increase the risk for Cancer. You can eat plant based foods(fruits and vegies), Pasta and grains and Poultry meats. Fish is the best alternative. You can supplement this with Soy products like Tofu and Eggs. You can also use Plant Nuts as a good source of Proteins(in place of meats). ...Read more
What are some foods would be good to gain weight and what are some foods that are high in protein?
Depends: If you eat dairy products you can try greek yogurt or cottage cheese (otherwise soy/almond/coconut yogurt). Non dairy sources include chia seeds, beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, artichokes, broccoli, avocado, asparagus, tofu, peas, spinach, beet greens, peanuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans. ...Read more
They are gluten-free: Fructose and glucose are two different types of sugars. Then do not contain gluten, unless they are accidentally contaminated with gluten during processing by the factory (unlikely) or during cooking (possibly could happen). Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seemingly ironic but are some foods such as breads and/or potatoes more likely to give you an insulin spike versus straight sugar (like a soda)?
It varies: Calorie for calorie, soda with high fructose corn syrup will increase your sugar and insulin levels more than pasta. However, eating 500 calories of pasta could spike your glucose and insulin levels more than 50 calories of soda. So lots of pasta can have more effect than a little soda. It is related to the glycemic index of the food and the calories consumed. www.glycemicindex.com has numbers. ...Read more
High quality: Look for high quality ones that screen for heavy metals and pcbs. Concentrates are good. I personally like nordic naturals and carlson's but there are many others. ...Read more
What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?
You got it backwards: Fruits and veggies are NOT simple carbohydrates! Simple carbohydrates are sugars and foods that easily break down into sugars,such as white flour,white rice, potatoes and juices.These readily raise our blood sugar, which is unhealthy.Complex carbohydrates are found in whole grains,most vegetables and fruits and generally contain fiber. These raise blood sugar less. See http://tinyurl.com/y8f4cagu ...Read more
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