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Doctor insights on: Oatmeal Vs Other Grains

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Refined or whole wheat grain are either one acceptable?

Refined or whole wheat grain are either one acceptable?

Whole grain better: Whole grain foods are better since they have fiber, which slows down the absorption of sugar into the body ...Read more

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Regarding corn, canola, safflower, and other vegetable oils; is there a real difference among vegetable oils to one's cholesterol and health?

Regarding corn, canola, safflower, and other vegetable oils; is there a real difference among vegetable oils to one's cholesterol and health?

Yes: Fats can be good and bad. Good fats are omega 3 (fish or plant based such as flax, soybeans, walnuts, krill), omega 9 which comes from other nuts, olive oil, and canola oil. Corn, safflower, etc are omega 6 which is not healthy since all animals are overfed this and destroys the omega 3 to omega 6 balance we need in our body. Saturated and trans fats are also bad. ...Read more

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Other than fibre... What is the benefit of eating whole vegetables as opposed to vegetable juice?

Other than fibre...  What is the benefit of eating whole vegetables as opposed to vegetable juice?

Less sugar: Vegetable juice has a substantial amount of sugar from the veggies that it is made from. You will take in more calories from juice than if you eat a few servings of vegetables. Fiber is an issue too, and fiber from vegetables helps to reduce the risk of diabetes, colon cancer, diverticulosis, and obesity. ...Read more

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Are there sources of calcium other than dairy or fortified soy milk?

Are there sources of calcium other than dairy or fortified soy milk?

Almonds, sardines: Almonds and sardines or canned salmon(with bones) are a good source of dietary calcium. ...Read more

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Which has the most carbs; oat fiber or oat bran??

Which has the most carbs; oat fiber or oat bran??

Oat bran: Oat fiber has all of the carb containing portion removed so you are left with the shell of the oat, while oat bran has some carb left in it. ...Read more

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Are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches healthy or worse than fruit and nuts?

Are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches healthy or worse than fruit and nuts?

PBY: All are healthy. I may have a pb&y after a work out or as snack in between meals. I like to snack with nuts and fruits in between meal. Much better than artificial sugar, candies, sodas. ...Read more

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Where can I find the carb values of vegetables and grains such as toor dal, wheat, mung beans, etc.?

Where can I find the carb values of vegetables and grains such as toor dal, wheat, mung beans, etc.?

Carb values: Please see www.webmd.com You can also look up Doctor Mercola or Doctor Weil. Peace and good health. ...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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Are processed chicken slices as unhealthy as processed ham slices, in terms of causing cancer or other diseases?

Are processed chicken slices as unhealthy as processed ham slices, in terms of causing cancer or other diseases?

Eat fresh Foods: Processed foods contain many harmful elements, so you should avoid them entirely. Chicken in general is a healthier source of Proteins and much better to consume than ham, which is full of animal(saturated) fats...so it is not good for human consumption. You can get good healthy proteins from eating Eggs, Soy/Tofu, low fat dairy and plant nuts(like almonds and walnuts) ...Read more

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Is butter better than butter substitutes like canola spread in terms of good fats vs bad fats?

Depends: Butter is high in pcbs. If you use butter, choose organic or pasture butter which hopefully is cleaner. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/cooking-oils.html. ...Read more

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Is multigrain or whole wheat bread more healthy?

Food Question: Both of these breads are just a bit better for your health than bleached flour breads but, just barely. They are still 100% carbohydrate calories and some brands actually also contain honey or other sugars to add taste. Carbohydrate calories should be taken in moderation and be no more than 25% of your total calories. ...Read more

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Sunflower seed butter better for kidney stone patient as opposed to peanut butter? Any other nut butters safe?

Sunflower seed butter better for kidney stone patient as opposed to peanut butter? Any other nut butters safe?

Oxalate stone?: Peanuts and peanut butter are rich in oxalate, though nowhere near as much as spinach, or what one will excrete from taking lots of vitamin c. There's a theoretical risk that this will promote oxalate stone production, but since even vitamin c zealots seldom get stones from it, i'd simply ask you to stay well-hydrated and not be afraid of a little peanut butter. Ask your urologist as well. ...Read more

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Is there any major nutritional benefit difference between Whole Grains and Vegetables?

Is there any major nutritional benefit difference between Whole Grains and Vegetables?

Absolutely: Whole grains: type of carbs (4 Cal/gm). Eg would be bread or pasta. Generally do not contain vitamins or minerals. Vegetables: provides type of carbs as well, though more specifically they have more dietary fiber (Stuff that helps lower cholesterol and keep regular bowel movements). Also are relatively high on vitamins and minerals. Ideally, make a colorful plate - spinach in pasta with EVOO. ...Read more

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Why are rice noodles considered a healthier option among other Chinese noodles?

Additives: Noodles can be wheat, rice , mung bean, soy , etc. Wheat based noodles may be treated with lye to alter the texture, or borax (illegaly) to whiten and improve texture as well. Rice based noodles typically have only starch or rice flour and water as ingredients. ...Read more

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What are healthy toppings to put on plain beans or oats?

What are healthy toppings to put on plain beans or oats?

Coconut oil is: excellent if you like the taste. Also consider tomato sauce or paste, just make sure it is free of added sugar, better yet make your own. Use herbs from the garden or dried, such as oregano,basil, parsley, etc. Peace and good health.Try fresh fruit w/oats. ...Read more

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What are good somniferous natural food please such vegetables or fruits?

What are good somniferous natural food please such vegetables or fruits?

Nothings perfect: But food stuffs to think about are banana's, cherries, almonds, milk, green tea/decaf herbal teas, high protein containing snacks. ...Read more