Yes, Crystal, it's not healthy to eat too much red meat. Red meat is usually high in saturated fat. Saturated fat is not healthy for your husband's heart. It can raise cholesterol. Instead of red meat, we recommend chicken breast without skin, fish and meat alternatives like legumes, tofu and nuts and seeds.
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Congratulations on your weight loss efforts. To help you feel more satisfied include higher fibre foods and a protein source with your meals and snacks. Increase your fibre by keeping the skin on fruits and vegetables. Choose whole grains like whole grain breads, brown rice, rolled oats, whole wheat pastas and breakfast cereals with at least 4 grams of fibre. Legumes like lentils, chickpeas or beans provide both fibre and protein. The serving size for legumes is also larger than other choices like meats. Protein is also found in dairy products (include low fat versions, less than 2% milk fat, meats, skinless chicken and fish. Both fibre and protein slow down digestion helping you feel full longer.
Make sure to speak to your doctor before taking iron supplements. Too much iron isn't good either. Taking iron supplements in 2-3 equal doses throughout the day can make it easier on your stomach. In the meantime, focus on including iron rich foods in your diet. Examples are meats, poultry, cooked spinach, cream of wheat and tofu. EatRight Ontario has some great handouts on how to increase your iron through diet. Please call us or send us an email through our website www.eatrightontario.ca and we would be happy to send them to you!
Brian, there is no long-term conclusive research on the safety of creatine use in adults. But it's generally considered safe to take supplements as long as you don't exceed 5g/day.
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Michelle - the nutrients in cod liver oil pills are very different from a regular multivitamin supplement. What's best for you really depends on why you are taking them and what your health goals are. If you'd like to talk about this further, it's best to call us to speak to one of our dietitians. We're open until 9pm tonight!
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Sucralose is approved for use by Health Canada. You may want to visit your doctor to share your reaction to this product. Sucralose is often listed as a food that can trigger migraines. We can not tell you exactly why you are reacting to this product, again, please visit your doctor. Thanks.
The healthiest dark chocolate is at least 60% dark. The darker, the better as it's higher in antioxidant properties. But because chocolate is high in saturated fat, sugar and calories it's wise to limit it. We can't say if it's ok or not ok for you to have a small amount each day as we don't know enough about your health. Please call our toll-free number to speak directly to a dietitian for more specific advice.
Jim, as far as we know there are no foods that counteract stomach upset caused by eating garlic. However, eating it cooked rather than raw may make it easier for you to handle. If you haven't tried that already, see if it helps.
Hey Catherine! It sounds like you're wondering about non-fish sources of omega-3 fats. Plant sources of omega-3 fats include walnuts, flaxseeds, soy products and cooking oils like canola and soybean. We have a great handout that explains more about omega-3s and where we can find them in foods. Call us or send us an email through our website if you'd like us to send you this handout!
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When we are sick comfort foods are very soothing and everybody likes to feel soothed when they are under the weather. Possible reasons for our affinity to chicken soup might include the hydration aspects of including soup, the steam from a hot bowl of chicken soup can also help clear our sinus cavities and the salt and minerals in the soup can help with any dehydration. The protein from the chicken can also help with recovery. If those aren't enough anecdotal reasons...it sure tastes good too.
Many probiotic products sold in Canada do not have enough live probiotics at the time of purchase to be effective, therefore they would not provide any advantages over their non-probiotic equivalents. Today there are only a few proven strains to be effective. Give us a call, we can help guide you more on what probiotic to look for in a yogurt.
Dan, energy drinks are high in caffeine and sugar. They can cause rapid heart rate and high blood pressure. Some contain herbs that can interact with medications. If you have any health conditions, check with your doctor before consuming them. We have a detailed factsheet on energy drinks so please call or email us for this great free resource.
Janie - yes, reheating food (leftovers) is definitely okay! You can reheat in the microwave, in the oven, or on the stove. Never reheat in a slow cooker. This applies to reheating cooked foods from the frozen state as well. Remember to keep your leftovers safe - never leave them at room temperature for more than 2 hours!
Joe, nut and seed oils have similar nutrient profile to vegetable oils. They are low saturated fat and high in the healthy unsaturated fats. If you have more specific questions, please call or email us for more details.
Both soup and salads offer advantages and are good choices. Often it is a personal choice. When choosing soups; avoid cream soups as they are higher in fat. Prepared soups are generally high in salt. Try bringing a homemade soup to work in a wide mouth thermos. Make your own stock from vegetables or lean meats/chicken/fish. Salads again are a healthy choice, try vegetarian options with chickpeas or other legumes added. Many salad dressings are high in salt and fat. Limit the amount of dressing or prepare your own with oil and vinegar and various seasonings like dried oregano or fresh cilantro. Enjoy either with a whole grain bun instead of salty crackers. Bon Appetite!
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There is no general number of times you can eat red meat per week. It depends on many factors including your health, weight, and what else you eat in your diet. If you call our toll free number so we can find out more about you, we can give you a more specific answer.
Healthy fats are also called unsaturated fats. Examples are olive, canola, sunflower and safflower oils. These are good for our heart. Include 2-3 tbsp of heart healthy fats in your diet each day. Unhealthy fats are saturated and trans fat. Choose lean cuts of meat, take the skin off poultry and choose lower fat dairy products to get less saturated fat in your diet. Limit deep fried foods, chips, baked goods and convenience foods to lower the trans fat in your diet.
Darren, BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It's a ratio of your height to your weight. Depending on your age, there is a target range for the healthiest weight for you. It's a quick way for us to assess whether your weight is a risk factor for developing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc. If you'd like us to asses your BMI and explain what it means for you, please call our toll free number.
Hi Roni. It can definitely be challenging finding gluten-free and egg-free alternatives. Since we don't carry brand information, the best thing that you can do is keep on top of reading labels. Some examples that come to mind, other than gluten-free breads, include gluten-free and egg-free corn flour or cornmeal tortillas and any products made from brown rice. Quinoa is another healthy whole grain alternative. Instead of eggs, opt for lean meats, poultry and fish, legumes, tofu, nuts or seeds. We've got some great resources on gluten-free and egg-free eating. Call or email us so that we can send you them!
Hi Josie, it is recommended that females over 19 aim for 9 cups of fluid per day. This can be in the form of water but can also include other healthy beverages like milk, juice or herbal teas like lemon balm or mint. Try adding some lemon and orange slices to your water to add a bit of zip! Limit the amount of juice as fruit juice is high in sugar and vegetables juices tend to be high in sodium. Other teas and coffee can also count towards your fluid intake of the day but limit these to avoid going over the recommended amount of caffeine for the day (less than 400 mg/d). If you are excessively thirsty speak to your doctor.
Shelly, good snacks for before a workout include carbs and a little protein, but very little fat. Examples are low fat yogurt, granola bar, cereal with skim milk. Post workout snacks look very similar but may be slightly higher in protein to help with muscle recovery. Call our number for more information on nutrition and physical activity.
Looks like we’re almost out of time. Thank you Liz, Martha, Rita and Nicole for joining us today and providing us with answers to many of our healthy eating and nutrition questions. We apologize for any questions that we did not have time to answer in our live web chat, however EatRight Ontario can be reached at any time through their Email-a-Dietitian service at eatrightontario.ca or by calling toll-free at 1-877-510-510-2 and speaking to a Registered Dietitian directly.
We don't have any information on African Mango extract. There are many different products that claim to help with weight loss, however many of these claims are false. There are no special products that help with weight loss. Aim for a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and physical activity to get the results you want.