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Doctor insights on: Non Carb Fruits

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Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Not necessarily: There is no single diet that is best for everyone. I believe it is wise to minimize sugars and simple starches, but i believe a diet with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat proteins is healthier than a strict low carb diet (which is relatively high in fat and protein). See http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ for my essay on the pros and cons of various diets. ...Read more

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Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more


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Are potatoes a starchy vegetable?

Yes: Very starchy indeed. So starchy you could probably mash a few up and spray 'em on your shirt collars. Well, maybe not quite but YES, starchy & definitely a vegetable. Unlike tomatoes which are FRUITS..used AS vegetables. Think about it...tomatoes in vegetable salads NOT in FRUIT salads! Hmmm and BTW, is the plural of potato, potatos or potatoes? Is the plural of tomato, tomatos, or tomatoes? ...Read more

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What are good non starchy vegetables and fruits?

What are good non starchy vegetables and fruits?

Many: There are many non-starchy veggies for you to enjoy: broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, brussel's sprouts, cabbage, radishes, rutabaga, turnips, mustard greens, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, all varieties of peppers (green, red, jalapeno, chili) and eggplant. Celery. Artichokes, onions, zucchini squash, snow peas, beans, leeks, jicama, etc. ...Read more

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Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?

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

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Are salt-free beans healthy? Are sweet potatoes healthy and is whole wheat bread healthy?

Are salt-free beans healthy? Are sweet potatoes healthy and is whole wheat bread healthy?

Yes, yes &: Not nearly as healthy as you would think. There are other grains that are healthier, like rye for example , and others that are a lot better than whole wheat. If your choices were whole wheat or white i'd pick the whole wheat, but just about only then. ...Read more

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Is macaroni salad non dairy?

Depends: The macaroni is non-dairy and can even be made with rice noodles which are gluten free. However the sauce is the critical element. Some are made with dairy elements, cream and milk and sour cream, for instance. You need to make it yourself if non-dairy is the goal. ...Read more

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Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch  and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Does not matter: Since 90% of the cholesterol is produced by the body regardless of your diet, the above would not noticeably affect your cholesterol level. Do note that too much carb may not be good for your health. I don't believe extreme diet does anyone any good. Just eat anything in moderation and exercise at least 3 hrs a week will likely keep you in better shape. ...Read more

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Are nuts considered complex carbohydrates?

No: Nuts contain protein and good fats. There are very few- carbohydrates in nuts and I wouldn't consider it a source of complex carbs since they are such a minimal amount of the calories in the nuts. Most of the calories comes from the fat. ...Read more

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What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

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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On a low carb diet, is whole grain crackers better than eating bread?

On a low carb diet, is whole grain crackers better than eating bread?

It depends: Whichever one has the least amount of carbs is probably best; if you choose bread then choose whole grain bread. Consider whole grain crackers that also have seeds as those will be lower in carbs (such as mary's gone crackers). In following a low carb diet you don't need to completely avoid grains but keep the amount of grains relatively low; whole gluten-free grains are relatively healthy. ...Read more

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Wheat chex cereal complex carbs or simple?

Wheat chex cereal complex carbs or simple?

Both: complex carbs in chex are listed as carbs and the simple ones are listed as sugars. The total carbs minus the simple sugars leaves you with the amount of complex carbs. ...Read more

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Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Yes: Because with whole fruits and veggies, you get the fiber which results in less consumption and quicker satiety (fullness). Smoothies have more sugar from the fruits and veggies due to more being used to make the smoothie. Plus, most smoothies have added ingredients like sugars, syrups, powders, etc - unless you make it yourself. ...Read more

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Is ham a refined carbohydrate?

Not exactly: No, it is a processed meat rich in fat and protein. However, many hams contain up to 15 % by weight of a solution containing water, salt, coloring and refined sugar or corn syrup. The added sugar content can add some unexpected refined carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Are organic fruits and vegetables better?

Are organic fruits and vegetables better?

Depends: The answer depends on what you measure. If you are concerned that modern farming is bad for soil and the pesticides and chemicals used may have effects not yet known or acknowledged, then yes, better for the planet. If you compare nutrition value, conventional thinking says no, growing evidence says yes. ...Read more

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Examples of low carb diet please?

Examples of low carb diet please?

Meat and fiber: A low carb diet basically focuses on meat (hopefully lean protein like chicken or pork) with high fiber, low starch vegetables like leafy greens. Avoid grains and avoid root vegetables, as these are high in starch. Of course, avoid sugary snacks, as well. ...Read more

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Low-carbohydrate diet means no bread, right?

Low-carbohydrate diet means no bread, right?

Not necessarily: You may limit the intake of bread without eliminating it entirely. A balanced diet should include whole grain bread in moderation. ...Read more

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Is fruit and veg fat free?

Not all.: Not all fruits and vegetables are fat free. ...Read more

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