Nutrition FAQ’s

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Nutrition is always a hot topic. Here are some frequently asked questions dealing with nutrition.

Q: Does the time of day affect my diet? In other words, can I get away with eating a snack before bed without it affecting my weight?

The amount of food and what kind of food you eat will have to be considered in your whole diet. Its the amount of total calories eaten for the entire day that will be the determinant in whether you gain weight or not.

Have your cake and eat it too tip: Keep a tally of how many calories you’ve had for the day–if you have some extra and are ‘jonzing’ for that snack, I say go for it!

Q: Do multi-vitamins really make a difference?

If you get adequate amounts of vitamins and are eating all of your fruits and vegetables then you really don’t need the extra boast.

Have your cake and eat it too tip: Do your own research: Go to USDA\’s Recommended Intake and see how you and your vitamins are adding up.

Q: I’m trying to lower my cholesterol, what kind of foods can I eat?

1) Fiber- The right kind of fiber can reduce the amount of cholesterol in your body. The biggest advocates are oatmeal, fruit, and beans.

2) Nuts- Nuts are a great way to keep the blood in your blood vessels moving. Walnuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans, and peanuts are good choices.

Have your cake and eat it too tip: Don’t go overboard, nuts are naturally high in fat. Instead of eating them out of the bag, throw a few here or there in salads and recipes.

3) Fish- Omega -3’s are wonderful for lowering blood pressure and preventing blood clots. Salmon, Mackerel, tuna, herring and halibut are high in Omega-3’s.

Have your cake and eat it too tip: Cook with olive oil instead of vegetable or canola; this lowers the amount of bad cholesterol in your diet and can replace butter too. Note: you only need two tablespoons a day.

Q: What are trans fats?

Trans fats raise the bad levels of cholesterol in your body and can be found in cookies, snacks, fried food, processed foods or anything with hydrogenated oils. Unfortunately the average American has as much as five times too much of trans fats in their diet and as a result, coronary heart disease has become a leading killer, according to the FDA.

Have your cake and eat it too tip: Read your labels and pick the foods lowest in trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Look at the percentage of Daily Value amount and go with the lowest as well.

Sources:

WebMD

Mayo Clinic

FDA

Have your cake and eat it too!
Amanda Holst

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