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Is Beef Liver A Nutritionally Healthy Food
Not by itself : It is worth remembering that white rice as a staple in eastern countries caused the ancient nutrient deficient disease called beriberi. Rice without the cusp that surrounds the grain is just starch and is metabolized as glucose. Glucose requires vitamin b to feed the energy mechanisms of cells. Taking starch without the necessary vitamins is like gas in a car cylinder with inadequate spark plug. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
I would say it is: unhealthy due to the amount of salt/brine that is used as well as any spice/preservatives for packaging purposes. You would have to convince me very well to eat canned tuna instead of fresh tuna, though I understand they are used for different purposes in cooking. Any extra salt is detrimental to our blood vessels and promotes hypertension, stroke, and heart attacks. ...Read more
Usually not healthy.: Prepared, packaged, frozen and other 'ready to eat' or 'heat and eat' food are usually not healthy. To be healthy, eat high fiber, low fat, very low saturated fat, very low sugar (simple carbs), no juice, no soda, no gatorade. Limit sweets a lot. Eat regular meals spaced evenly through the day - do not eat most of your calories at dinner. Get 22-30 min of exercise (a brisk walk) every day. ...Read more
Is it true that vegetarian diet is healthier than a diet consisting of red meats chicken and fish that also includes fruit and vegetables?
Moderation is key: As with most things, too much of a good thing may not be good. Too much red meat can cause problems with weight management and cardiovascular health. Fish is a good source of healthy, cholesterol reducing omega's. Balance is key and a strict vegetarian diet will sometimes require people to increase their need for other supplements. There are good organic sources for meat, fruits and veggies. ...Read more
Balanced meals: You can look at the recommnended food plate or the old food pyramid...Basically though eating a variety of foods and a variety of colors is helpful. According to one nutritionist i know, she recommends eating at every meal one carb and 2 proteins or 2 carbs and one protein. We should all have leafy greens, fruits (anything that grows from a flower) and protein- which can come from many sources. ...Read more
Neither: Both are red meats with high fat and cholesterol (despite the lies by the U.S. Pork industry that it's a "white" meat starting in the mid 1980s [i remember the advertising campaign]). If you must eat meats, eat fish and limited poultry. ...Read more
Controversial: A large body of research shows not eating meat (being vegetarian)is "associated with lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less obesity ;...Less heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer ; mortality."-quoting from http://bit.Ly/1cysymm but it's not clear if this is due to not eating meat, eating more veggies or the fact that vegetarians have other healthy habits. See comment for more:. ...Read more
We can only guess: A detailed analysis of exactly what it would include could help estimate the possibilities of remaining sane while through a raw diet. I would suggest taking the list of foods, amounts, frequency to your dr to discuss it first. Be careful, realistic and rational. Sometimes are best intentions are counterproductive ! ...Read more
Is eating 100g parsnip, carrots, sweetcorn, asparagus, broccoli, banana, multi-vitamin and fish oil supplement a day enough to live a healthy life?
500 cal lunch.: Two points to make here. (1) a 500 calorie lunch is fine in the context of the nutritional recommendation that one eats 5-6 small meals daily to optimize digestion and calorie utilization - as such all meals can be rather small. (2) your lunch should be comprised of good stuff - lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and fiber - not 500 calories of junk, of course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your preference: Strict vegetarians need to supplement for B12, iron, and several other basic nutrients. The big studies show no differences in longevity or any category of disease when you control for other factors. Vegetarians can claim the moral high ground. I'd encourage you to make your own food choices without criticizing others or allow them to criticize yours. ...Read more
Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?
Weight and Activity: Yes that diet can certainly be sustained if it provides for the caloric expenditure of the individual on a daily basis. The mix of foods you choose is also very good. By "processed" i assume you mean complex carbohydrates. If you happen to be 350lbs and 6ft 4in then you are going to be rather hungry for quite some time. ...Read more
In most cases: McDonald's food is inferior in quality in regards to micronutrient content just based on the some of the ingredients that are used that wouldn't be consider quite "healthy", like something as simple as their burger buns. Presently McDonald's doesn't offer any wholegrain options. An exact comparison is obviously difficult to make without having something specific to compare to. ...Read more
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