Answers to Frequently Asked Nutrition Queries

COMMONLY ASKED NUTRITIONAL QUERIES

1. WHY IS ADDED SUGAR UNHEALTHY IN FOOD?

Added sugar is sugar added during the making of processed food and drinks. Also, it’s just like to add sugar in home food other than the sugar present in the foods naturally. It is not healthy to consume too much-added sugar in foods and drinks because it can cause health issues, including out-of-control diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, heart disease, high triglyceride levels and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels, according to the AAFP. Added sugar does not have any nutritional value. Consuming too much added sugar can have serious consequences, including high triglycerides, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay, etc.

2. WHAT ARE EMPTY CALORIES?

Empty calories are calories we get from solid fats or added sugars in food and drinks and also that’s added in homemade food. These fats and sugars add hardly any nutrients and are only added to foods to make them more appealing. These foods do not serve any essential nutrients to the body for recovery or for the health in the body. Some foods and drinks that contain empty calories include:

cakes

cheese

cookies

donuts

energy drinks

fruit drinks

ice cream

pastries

pizza

sausages

soda

3. IS CAFFEINE SAFE?

It is safe for adults to consume caffeine, as long as it is consumed in moderation and on correct timings. To keep caffeine at safe levels in the body, doctors recommend limiting intake to no more than 200 mg per day. A moderate to a lesser amount of caffeine might be a better fit for you. Also, people who are pregnant, breastfeeding and children should be even more cautious of the amount of caffeine they consume in a day. If you are consuming too much caffeine, try to cut back slowly because caffeine can cause withdrawal symptoms, including headache, tiredness and depression, etc.

COMMONLY ASKED NUTRITIONAL QUERIES

4. WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF ADDING OMEGA-3 FISH OIL?

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet as it contains a lot of nutrients good for overall health. Along with other seafood, fish provide you with protein, vitamin D, healthy omega-3 fats, and many other nutrients. Working fish into your diet at least twice a week is a good part of a great healthy diet. You can safely add fish into your diet by making sure you’re eating different types of fish that are low in mercury and making it in a healthy way. It has also been shown to decrease your risk of heart disease.

COMMONLY ASKED NUTRITIONAL QUERIES

5. WHAT IS ON THE BALANCE MENU?

The Balance menu offers a wide range of meals, with the variety of protein sources like milk and milk products, meats, chicken and eggs, good quality sources of carbohydrates like mix traditional millets, brown rice, quinoa, vegetables, healthy fats sources like avocado, nuts, olive oil, seeds mix, etc. One must try to inculcate it all with a mix blend of foods and basic supplements throughout the day by the help of the nutrition expert.

COMMONLY ASKED NUTRITIONAL QUERIES

6. WHAT MEALS SHOULD BE ON THE VEGETARIAN MENU?

The Vegetarian menu should give you a wide range of food that gives you all the proper and necessary nutrition coming from vegetarian sources like milk and milk products, nuts, seeds mix, vegetables and carbs from brown rice, quinoa, etc. One can make Paneer/Tofu salads or simple stir fry it with the veggies.

7. SHOULD I AVOID CARBS?

The body works on the molecule called glucose which is the simplest form of carbohydrates that the body uses for energy and performing various activities. Avoiding carbs completely could be detrimental and so making smart choices in foods would help. For eg. Including mix millets, vegetables, quinoa, fruits, brown rice, etc. at proper timings and correct quantities is very essential in achieving the goals.

8. DOES A DETOX OR JUICE CLEANSE WORK?

Detox is now trending and this cleansing tends to bring out extreme opinion. But, as with most areas of nutrition (and life), rigidly clinging to an extreme position may blind us to some important information. The fact is, there can be many problems due to lack of solid foods in detoxes and cleanses:

Protein deficient

Extremely low calorie

Blood sugar swings

GI tract dysfunction

Restrictive eating and deprivation

A short term detox would work for some while but later might show side effects like fatigue, headaches, muscle loss, etc. Coaching through a cautious and monitored protocol is very essential. However, building life-long skills and incorporate daily practices to improve their health, performance, and body composition without extreme (and unsustainable) things like detoxes and cleanses.

9. WHAT AND WHEN SHOULD I EAT AROUND MY WORKOUTS?

Eating a normal mixed meal 1-2 hours before and after exercise is sufficient. This will provide adequate protein and carbs to both fuels the workout and maximize recovery/adaption. Eating good-quality whole foods in reasonable amounts proves effective. Consuming a quick absorbing meal at least 30-60 mins prior to the workout will help improve the exercise performance. Including pre-workout, during workout and post-workout supplements will help in fat loss and muscle recovery.

10. DOES EATING AT NIGHT MAKES ME FAT?

Just like exercise, what’s most important is to make high-quality choices, consistently, whenever it works for them. As long as they eat good foods in reasonable amounts, with correct timings is very essential. The idea of eating less or slow absorbing foods at night is correct due to the body is inactive at night. Eating at night won’t make you fat but skipping meals will make you build up fats as per various researches. And so making right food choices like chicken salads or tofu salads or beans soup, etc. One can include daily essential supplements required for maintaining good health. Supplements could include multivitamins, vitamin C, omega-3 healthy fats, etc.

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