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Processed Grains Worse than Saturated Fats in Heart Heart, Alpha-Carotene Helps

The HealthGal Health Guide December 29, 2010
  • Experts have taken a second look at dietary saturated fat and its relationship to weight gain and health issues.  Certainly fat free, low fat, high carbohydrate diets have all taken a place in the sphere of weight loss and lifestyle change.  The Atkin's diet, the most popular high prot...

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  • My Bariatric Life
    Health Guide
    Oct. 18, 2012

    I completely agree with the weight-gaining role of processed grains in the American diet. Not enough press is given to this topic -- thank you for bringing it to light. There are at least other writers on Health Central that eat grain-free and/or wheat-free and have lost significant weight. David Mendosa on the diabetes site lost 150+ pounds when he went low...

    RHMLucky777

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    I completely agree with the weight-gaining role of processed grains in the American diet. Not enough press is given to this topic -- thank you for bringing it to light. There are at least other writers on Health Central that eat grain-free and/or wheat-free and have lost significant weight. David Mendosa on the diabetes site lost 150+ pounds when he went low carb/wheat-free in addition to other healthy lifestyle changes. I follow a grain-free diet in addition to other healthful eating practices. Eating grain-free has been the vital factor in my success in maintaining my 100 pound weight-loss for a decade after having gastric bypass surgery.

     

    With regard to the orange fruits and vegetables, can you offer some guidance on how much one should eat every day of these to achieve the clinically significant levels that you cite in your article? Thanks so much!

     

    MBL

    • The HealthGal
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      Oct. 18, 2012

      Thanks for those insights and comments.  I'll start by saying that in over 20 plus years of health coaching, I havenever had a client or patient say that they "over-ate fruits and vegetables, so therefore they gained weight."  I suppose it could happen - but I doubt it.  Becuae fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients and fiber, I tend to...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks for those insights and comments.  I'll start by saying that in over 20 plus years of health coaching, I havenever had a client or patient say that they "over-ate fruits and vegetables, so therefore they gained weight."  I suppose it could happen - but I doubt it.  Becuae fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients and fiber, I tend to call them "my fast foods"  - because many can be grabbed for on -the-go snacking.

       

      When I create an eating program, and especially if we are closely counting "grain servings" or removing them, then I usually use "5 servings of vegetables" with a serving size of about a cup (without any dressing or marinade when measuring, to start) and 3 fruit servings.  None of my clients routinely stay grain-free but they do limit their grains and usually eat the servings at breakfast and lunch.  If someone is hungry - I often add another another one or two fruits per day.  I do suggest that starchy veggies - peas/corn/potatoes - be counted as "grain-like servings."  I will also suggest that you consume only one small banana a day, since again, its a "dense" fruit.  And I do think berries are "powerhouses of nutrients" so I recommend getting in a serving or two daily.  If you can "nail" 5 servings of vegetables and 3 fruits daily, you are well on your way to eating a lower calorie diet, rich in vitamins.

       

      Finally, I do emphasize eating a range of colors and really varying your choices, since the colors represent different phytonutrients. I certainly endorse also using fruit puree as a replacement for some of the unhealthy fat in recipes for baked goods you make at home.  Pureed cherries in meatloaf or hamburgers is also a phenomenol "binder" and moistens the recipe too!!   

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Oct. 18, 2012

      This is really great info -- thanks so much! I love your reimagined fast food. And, I had no idea that I could use fruit puree as a binder in (turkey) meatloaf. Genius!