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The Disadvantages Of Sweet Potatoes And Yams
What are the nutritional advantages of having various vegetables (i.E. Kale, swiss chard, and watercress)?
Nutritional variety: All vegetables (and fruits) contain vitamins, phytonutrients and antioxidants. But the concentration of these nutrients are different depending on the type of vegetable you eat. That's why it is important to eat a good variety. For example, kale contains the highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables and is a good source of vitamin c. www.otwithmd.com. ...Read more
Great grains!: Quinoa is higher in protein than other major grains, and contains all the essential amino acids. It has a low glycemic index, loaded with fiber, and very high in calcium, iron and b vitamins. Barley is easy to digest, high in selenium (good for elasticity of skin) manganese and b vitamins. It can act as an appetite suppressant. High fiber, low fat, soothing to the bowels. ...Read more
Good up to a point: Fruits are natural foods and are good, up to a point. Beyond that point, the sugars and starches in fruits will cause undesirably high blood sugars. One can study the websites on diabetic diets and make a list of all the foods he likes. He has to rank them according to how much or how likely they are to raise his blood sugar. It's ok to eat more of the foods that have less effect on blood sugar. ...Read more
Food: The pitt of a citrus fruit would have no health benefits. Any 'rumors' to the contrary would be false myths. ...Read more
What's the difference between sweet potatos and yams in terms of nutrition? Do they have the same health benefits?
Not as healthy!: As a professor of nutrition and md, i see many nutritional deficiencies in vegetarians, particularly vegans. Plant based diets eschew the protein efficiency of animal based protein. Also, many mineral in animal sources are more concentrated. I believe being a vegetarian is a sociaal statment. Humans have never been vegetarians until recently! ...Read more
Is steamed white rice fattening? Can it replace wheat bread in a meal? What are good edible sources of calcium besides milk and suppliments?
Yes: White rice has a high glycemic index, which means it causes a rapid rise in your blood sugar. Part of the Insulin response to that rapid increase in blood sugar makes you fat. A tiny amount won't hurt, but it makes it difficult to lose weight. Replace the bread with vegetables. Not rice. Starch is not a required part of a meal. You can get calcium from yogurt, cheese, sardines, greens. ...Read more
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
Refining: Typically white indicates that there has been more refining of the bread. You want the least ammount of refining to get the most and best ammount of healthy nutrients. Go with whole wheat brown. 7 grain whole wheat is probably one of the best. ...Read more
Vegan diet: President clinton became a vegan (no animal products, eggs, or dairy) and apparently reversed his heart problems. He lost 30 pounds and has more energy than a 30-year-old. But he takes supplements to prevent certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. You can do very well on fruits, vegetables, and super grains like quinoa if you get some professional advice about nutrition. ...Read more
Yes: A high glycemic index food can be balanced with a low-glycemic food. If you eat a food with a glycemic index of 80 with an equal amount of a food with a glycemic index of 20 the average for the meal is 50. So it is unwise to eat high-glycemic foods on their own but if eaten in moderation and combined with low-glycemic foods they are relatively safe to eat. ...Read more
Are sugar-free cookies and other sweet snacks okay to eat during the induction phase of the Atkins diet?
Possibly: Here is the rule you wanna abide by: eat no more than 20 grams a day of net carbs, 12 to 15 grams of them as foundation vegetables. This means you can eat approximately six loosely packed cups of salad and two cups of cooked vegetables per day. Remember, carb counts of various vegetables vary, so be sure to check them. So you can dedicate 5 extra grams of carbs to anything! ...Read more
Is sweet stuff including both commercial sugars and natural sugars in fruits bad for liver cancer patients?
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