As usual, after our ten to fifteen minutes of random life and nutrition talk, we get to our questions and answers. Emily also shared a program called Skill Share, where you can learn just about anything online. Learn more at Skillshare.com .
Q: What are sugar alcohols?
A: Sugar alcohols provide a sweetness and mouth feel similar to sugar, without all the calories and sugar (about half the sugar per serving). Examples of sugar alcohols you will see on ingredients labels of many low-carb and sugar-free foods are glycerin, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol or erythritol. Because they are not digested or fully absorbed in the gut like regular sugar, there is the potential that eating too much may produce a laxative effect or cause some gastrointestinal problems like gas and bloating.
Q: Should I go gluten-free?
A: If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, yes, you absolutely should go gluten-free. Even if you have been diagnosed with celiac disease but have no symptoms, or not enough to bother you, eating gluten is still doing damage to your intestinal lining which leads to other issues like nutrient malabsorption. For everyone else, it can’t hurt to skip gluten-rich foods like cookies and white bread. If you decide to eliminate high fiber gluten sources like your daily bran flakes and whole wheat English muffin, be sure to get fiber and b-vitamins from other food sources or supplement with a high-quality multivitamin and fiber supplement or ground flaxseed.
Q: Does cholesterol in food count?
A: Obesity, lack of exercise and a poor diet can do more to raise your cholesterol than an egg a day. The real bad guys are trans fats and saturated fats found in meats, dairy, and processed foods. It's your total diet that really matters. If you have a high LDL or high triglycerides, opt for lean meats, read labels, limit processed foods and have sensible portions. If your numbers are high, ask your doctor what foods you should avoid. Most people can improve their cholesterol numbers by replacing some of the processed carbs in their diet with vegetables, fruit and nuts.
Q: Is microwaved food unsafe?
A: Microwaves don’t make food “radioactive.” All your microwave does is make the water molecules in food move, which creates friction that heats it up.
Q: What do you feel is “money best spent” when it comes to health and fitness?
A: Emily answered quality supplements and getting into a good supplement regimen for her goals. My best money spent recently is hiring a personal training to stay on track, accountable and avoid wasting time in the gym. The combination of both of these things... priceless.
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