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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Is there any difference between pasta and rice in a diet?

Is there any difference between pasta and rice in a diet?

Yes: Pasta is generally flour based. People with gluten sensitivity would be unable to eat pasta but could tolerate rice without symptoms. Both pasta and rice poke the blood sugar up sharply after a meal. ...Read more

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What's the difference between roughage and fiber in the diet?

What's the difference between roughage and fiber in the diet?

None: Roughage is another word for fiber. It is a most important part of diet consisting of both soluble and insoluble fiber. They both have effects on absorption and even processing the calories, particularly sugar. That is why our source of sugar has to he fruit and veg.``. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between dietary fiber and soluble fiber?

Please advise what is the difference between dietary fiber and soluble fiber?

See below: dietary fiber is consisted of insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber- increases the flow of the stool through the intestines and speeds things up. Soluble fiber- as in oatmeal, does the opposite. Soluble fiber is used when you have diarrhea, since it absorbs water and makes the stool firmer. Insoluble fiber is used in constipation to help with bowel movements. ...Read more

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Is there a significant difference between food vitamins and synthetic vitamins?

Is there a significant difference between food vitamins and synthetic vitamins?

Mostly not except...: For the most part synthetic vitamins are chemically identical to the natural vitamins found in foods. One crucial exception is vit. E; natural vit e consists of d-alpha, beta, delta ; gamma tocopherols while synthetic is dl-alphtocopherol, 50% of which is the l isomer which our bodies can't use ; seems to be toxic. Many of the "food-based" vitamins sold are not what they seem-see comment for more:. ...Read more

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What is the difference in the nutritional content of fast food compared to healthy food?

What is the difference in the nutritional content of fast food compared to healthy food?

Fast food: too many calories, too much fat, too much salt, not enough potassium to mention a few. You can go to say McDonald's web site and see all the details on what is in everything they serve. ...Read more

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What is the difference between digestion of milk and artificially taken calcium supplement in body?

What is the difference between digestion of milk and artificially taken calcium supplement in body?

Vitamin D: Vitamin d which is often fortified in milk can help with the absorption of calcium by the body. Please note, however, that dairy is not the only food source of calcium: dark green leafy vegetables and soy foods are also excellent sources. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the sugar found in fruits and white sugar?

What is the difference between the sugar found in fruits and white sugar?

Sugar: White sugar is processed, the sugar in fruit is natural and is accompanied by fiber and healthy anit-oxidants which makes it metabolized more slowly than table sugar. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "fiber" and "dietary fiber" and "carbs" and "net carbs"?

What is the difference between "fiber" and "dietary fiber" and "carbs" and "net carbs"?

Several!: It is good self-nutritional support to know these points! first, carbs are all carbohydrates, including sugar and fiber. Usually, the non-sugar carbs, after subtracting fiber, are starch. Net carbs are total carbs, minus fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Some foods may contain sugar alcohols, which have little impact on Insulin secretion, and therefore, do not act like carbs. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between antioxidants in different foods?

Is there a difference between antioxidants in different foods?

Probably: There was a recent dutch study done to try to investigate the benefits of different types of fruits and vegetables, which they grouped by color. The "white fruits, " including apples and pears, showed a very strongly positive benefit in reduction of the risk of stroke. The authors found that other fruit groups might have different benefits that weren't specifically tracked in that study. ...Read more

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Is there a way to increase the intake of iron in my diet?

Is there a way to increase the intake of iron in my diet?

Yes: My militant vegetarian friends won't like me saying this, but by far the most available and best source of iron in your diet is meat, especially red meat. Foods that anti-meat-eaters claim are "great sources of iron" (peanut butter, raisins, molasses, tofu) actually aren't, and iron in spinach can't be absorbed except by Popeye. ...Read more

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What is the difference between soluable and insoluable fiber?

What is the difference between soluable and insoluable fiber?

Indigestible Plant: Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the stool and promote regularity. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber and their benefits?

I was wondering what are the differences between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber and their benefits?

See below: soluble fiber soaks up water and helps during diarrhea. Insoluble fiber, not absorbed, increases intestinal transit time and helps with constipation. Increased transit helps elimination and prevents constipation and diverticular disease. ...Read more

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What are the health differences between a carnivorous diet and a vegetarian diet?

What are the health differences between a carnivorous diet and a vegetarian diet?

Carni/ Veg Diet: As per Harvard Health Publications, Becoming a Vegetarian- Vegetarians have a lower risk for cardiac events (such as a Heart attack) and death from Cardiac cause. (EPIC-Oxford), researchers found a 19% lower risk of death from Heart disease among Vegetarians. In studies of Seventh-day Adventists, Vegetarians’ risk of developing Diabetes was half that of non- vegetarians. Health is Wealth! ...Read more

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Whate are the differences between rice and oatmeal cereals? Is there a benefit to more one than the other?

Whate are the differences between rice and oatmeal cereals? Is there a benefit to more one than the other?

Yes: Rice cereal is thinner when mixed and easier to swallow in the transsition from sucking to eating. It is also less allergenic . Oatmeal cereal is thicker and more caloric, whic is a good progression from rice cereal to chewing. ...Read more

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What is the difference is between natural sugar from fruit and refined sugar?

What is the difference is between natural sugar from fruit and refined sugar?

Fructose in fruit!: But also dextrose and glucose. All are bad, although fructose is not "quite" as bad. That is not an endorsement for "fruit" sugar. Nothing worse for a diabetic than orange juice (perhaps coke is worse)! ...Read more

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Is there an easy way to get the daily amount of dietary fiber?

Is there an easy way to get the daily amount of dietary fiber?

These: Soluble fibre: peas, soybeans, oats, rye, chia, barley, prunes, plums, avocados, berries, ripe bananas, skin of apples, quinces, pears, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and onions insoluble fiber: whole grain wheat, corn, bran, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, potato skins, green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, celery, and nopal, avocado, unripe bananas, skins of kiwi, grapes and tomatoes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between slim fast diet and juice plus diet?

What is the difference between slim fast diet and juice plus diet?

Slim fast vs juice : plus. Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Try one.: You will have to try them and compare. There may be theoretical advantages, but practical differences are what matters most. Use the one you like best. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes,fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Doctors, do you think I can buy protein shakes,fiber supplement and vitamins with food stamps?

Possibly: Each state differs some in what they allow food stamps to be used for. Fiber supplements and vitamins are likely to be allowable since they can improve and maintain overall health. Protein shakes offer benefit only in a select group of people, so unless you have documentation from a health care provider that they are indicated, food stamps may not be honored for them. ...Read more

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Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Both: Fiber supplement, extra water, and stool softeners all used together are the first line treatment for anal fissure. Fiber is simply indigestible fiber that adds bulk to the stool and makes it easier for the intestines to pass it along. The stool softener causes the stool to retain enough fluid to keep it from getting hard and dry and perhaps reopening the anal fissure. Some people also use fasting. ...Read more

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What is a good fiber supplement?

What is a good fiber supplement?

Metamucil: The active ingredient in Metamucil is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. ...Read more

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What fiber supplements do you recommend?

What fiber supplements do you recommend?

Real food: I suggest fiber from real foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, and whole grains, seeds and nuts. Meat chicken fish, dairy, do not have fiber. Over the counter supplements do not provide the nutrients that you get from natural foods. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take fiber supplements every day?

Is it ok to take fiber supplements every day?

Fiber in Diet: Fiber makes us feel full, it provides bulk aiding elimination, and it helps lower blood Cholesterol. Let Wise Woman within you Reflect: Need to take Fiber supplements every day Any medical problem Advice of the Physician Dietary Sources of Fiber: • Beans • Whole grains • Bran Cereal • Oatmeal • Brown rice • Popcorn • Nuts • Berries • Vegetables • Baked potato with skin Health is Wealth! ...Read more

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Can you tell me are fiber supplement tablets ok to use?

Fiber supplements: none are "good" to use if by good you mean they have been proven by proper trials to make what is bothering you better. Or make you live longer or healthier. ...Read more

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Can i take fiber supplements, where my bowles doesn't move much?

Can i take fiber supplements, where my bowles doesn't move much?

Yes.: Fiber supplements may be helpful for constipation. Keep in mind that foods such as figs and prunes are a good source of fiber. There are no adverse advents from taking fiber except too much could cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

No: Psyllium is safe for long-term use, as are fiber supplements in general. There is some risk, unrelated to how long you take the fiber, of obstruction, but this is thought to only occur with inadequate fluid intake along with the fiber. Overall, fiber supplements have many health benefits, and are definitely recommended for ongoing use. ...Read more

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Are fiber supplement tablets a good way to get more fiber into my diet and are they healthy?

Are fiber supplement tablets a good way to get more fiber into my diet and are they healthy?

They help.: guidelines suggest 35 grams of fiber daily for women, 50 grams for men. That's a lot of fiber. Tablets can help,you reach these goals, but should not supplant normal dietary sources of fiber. ...Read more

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What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps. ...Read more

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

Good diet you eat: You don't have to waste money on fiber like metamucel , fiber capsules , vegetables , fruits , whole wheat bread etc all has fiber , and is free. ...Read more

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Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Prep instructions: Should be not eating for six hours prior to test.Being very jaundiced will interfere with results of test. Mild jaundice usually does not interfere with test. ...Read more

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Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks.Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor.Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test. ...Read more

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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more