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Doctor insights on: What Meats Are Complex Carbohydrates And Which Are Simple

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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

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I want to put on weight, but I have always found it hard, I have tried protein milkshakes, high calorie diet, lots of meat and carbohydrates. Advice?

I want to put on weight, but I have always found it hard, I have tried protein milkshakes, high calorie diet, lots of meat and carbohydrates. Advice?

Need more info: How tall are you and what is your weight? If you are underweight but otherwise healthy, do not try to put on weight. You will gain weight as you grow older and will look back fondly at these days when you could eat anything and not gain weight.

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Am I harming my son by feeding him too many eggs and ham? My son is a 17 years old, well fit, physically active and healthy young man. I feed him 2 eggs, a carbohydrate (hash brown patties, bagels etc) and a processed meat (bacon, sausages etc). Now I f

Am I harming my son by feeding him too many eggs and ham? My son is a 17 years old, well fit, physically active and healthy young man. I feed him 2 eggs, a carbohydrate (hash brown patties, bagels etc) and a processed meat (bacon, sausages etc). Now I f

Hello: Hello mother of a 17 year old. I find that it is sometimes hard for me to get my children to eat the foods that I prepare. I commend you that you make your son hot breakfasts in the morning- a lot of kids just get a box of cereal handed to them with milk. The one thing I didn't see listed was vegetables. The fiber, vitamins and enzymes from fresh vegetables is very important. The eggs and ham can contribute to cholesterol. I recommend that you look up the food pyramid on line (it has changed a lot in the last decade). Use this to help pla out balanced and nutritious food. Take care.

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I'm wondering if I do not take insulin, and eat only meat with no carbs, is my body utilizing the protein?

I'm wondering if I do not take insulin, and eat only meat with no carbs, is my body utilizing the protein?

No good: Your body needs carbs too, and needs Insulin to process them. If you are insulin-dependent, you could get very sick by stopping it on your own. Please talk to your doc.

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How many carbs does 30% lean hamburger meat have per serving and what is considered a serving?

How many carbs does 30% lean hamburger meat have per serving and what is considered a serving?

Hamburger: A serving of hamburger is about the size of a deck of cards. I believe that the 30% refers to the amount of fat with the rest being predominately protein with essentially no carbohydrates.

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I was thinking about cutting my carbs in my diet and eating only meat, veggies and nuts/seeds. Do you guys think this is a good diet?

I was thinking about cutting my carbs in my diet and eating only meat, veggies and nuts/seeds. Do you guys think this is a good diet?

Not a good idea: You need some carbohydrates because your body runs on glucose which is broken down from complex carbohydrate scale. By only taking in non carbohydrates, your body will break down fat for energy and make ketone bodies. Ketones causes acidosis which is not a good fuel for the brain and the body. Some carbs are necessary to run the body.

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I want to loose weight by cutting out red meats and only consume minimal carbs, eating more fruit/veg and more water. Would that help?

I want to loose weight by cutting out red meats and only consume minimal carbs, eating more fruit/veg and more water. Would that help?

Patience also needed: 23 year old male wants to loose weight by cutting out red meats and only consume minimal carbs, eating more fruit/veg and more water. Would that help? Sure but other protein sources fish/chicken/legumes are needed for good health, as is exercise, aerobics/ swimming. Patience also needed. Weight gained over many months/ years need time to melt away. Stay encouraged.

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How do I speed up metabolism. Low energy post lunch, struggle to drop lbs. Work out twice a week, eat lean meats, sea food. Guilty of carbs, and wine?

Proper breakfast: Look into high intensity interval training, but eating right is key. Try making your first meal a combination of protein and healthy fats (bacon and eggs without the carbs). The best fats to use are medium chain triglycerides because your body uses them directly for energy and then shifts into fat burning. Also if you avoid carbs your Insulin levels stay low and that inhibits fat storage.

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What can cause anemia? Do sport almost everyday. In a blood test had low iron just had another test to confirm it. Eat varied diet inc carbs meat&veg

Find the cause: Low serum iron, correct? It may be something as simple as heavy periods, or you may be losing blood from an ulcer or tumor. Your physician has a duty to you to figure out what's going on; many young women can't meet a woman's extra need for iron just with meat-eating though this is your easiest source for iron.

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I am experiencing leg cramp in calfs Recently changed diet For glucose to meat and vegetables only No fruits bread or carbs other than vegetables?

I am experiencing leg cramp in calfs Recently changed diet For glucose to meat and vegetables only No fruits bread or carbs other than vegetables?

Hydrate: Congratulations on starting your diet! There are many causes of this type of cramping. Your cramps might be from dehydration with low electrolytes such as magnesium, calcium or potassium. Try drinking some electrolyte solution like pedialyte. If your calves are swollen, red and/or tender to the touch, see your doctor ASAP for evaluation of possible deep vein thrombosis.

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Family history Atherosclerosis would a diet high in olive oils saturated fat meats eggs be good for HDL less Carbs and less sugar be more healthy?

Family history Atherosclerosis would a diet high in olive oils saturated fat meats eggs be good for HDL less Carbs and less sugar be more healthy?

Leaner diet.: From a traditional point of view, we would not generally recommend such a diet for an individual potentially prone to coronary artery disease. Low fat diet is recommended, with a leaning towards pony- and mono-unsaturated fats (like fish oil). Less sugar, yes, but less carbohydrates, no - just pick the right carbohydrates - complex, with fiber.

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Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Carb Quandry: Some "complex" carbs (brown rice, whole wheat) are metabolized slowly and are better for weight management but ultimately if you consume more calories than you need you will gain weight. Reduce all carbs, especially simple carbs (white bread, rice or pasta). Eat frequent (6) small meals a day. Exercise vigorously for about 150 min a week, drink plenty (60 oz) of water and get 8 hours of good sleep.

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Is there a standard % of carbohydrates that need to be or should be complex vs simple for dailey intake?

See below: Generally (unless you are dieting), carbs represent approximately 30% - 50% of your caloric intake. Complex carbs must be broken down to simple carbs to facilitate absorption (i.e. Simple carbs are easier to absorb).

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Which is better before exercise simple or complex (light to moderate) carbohydrates if diabetic? Why?

Which is better before exercise simple or complex (light to moderate) carbohydrates if diabetic? Why?

Complex is better: Complex is always better because simple will just elevate your blood sugars and increase the water absorption without offering you longterm glucose support. Generally, unless you are a professional athlete, a normal diet before exercise is sufficient and doesn't have to be carbohyudrate heavy.

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Can consuming too much simple carbohydrates lead to fatigue?

Yes: For a variety of reasons, too many simple carbohydrates can lead to fatigue, . If you have healthy pancreas, sugar will often initially give you a surge in energy, but then the blood sugar falls and you get fatigued, often wanting more cho. If this is chronic, Insulin resistance will lead to diabetes which cause other reasons for fatigue. Try to avoid that.

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Can you answer, is simple carbohydrates and protein with every meal a good plan for diet?

Every one of: Your three meals/day should include water, complex carbohydrates, a moderate amount of protein and some fat, preferably unsaturated or monosaturated. Eat less than your burn off and you'll lose weight in a healthy fashion. It's not rocket science.

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Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

In general,: It is the glycemic index (GI) of the food that makes a significant difference in how the food affects PP glucose levels. The higher the GI the faster and the more it will increase blood glucose level. More complex carbohydrates tend to have lower GI than simple carbohydrates. Understanding GI can be very beneficial in controlling diabetes. A wealth of information about GI is available online.

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