Three Things

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1. Do you know your nutrition facts from fiction? Let’s set a few things straight. Sugar does not cause diabetes. The main risk factors for diabetes are overweight/obesity, inactivity, and family history. Fats are a necessary part of our diet. Yes, some fats are better for you than others, but they are important. Unsaturated fats promote heart health. Low carb diets may help you lose weight, but this is mainly due to the fact that you are also restricting calories. Carbohydrates are found in most foods, fruits and dairy products included! So it is not possible to avoid carbs altogether. “Cleanses” do no cleanse your body. Your liver and kidneys will do the work for you!

2. Coconut oil has become recently become popular due to some diets promoting its use. Coconut oil is high in saturated fatty acids. This type of fat can increase your risk for heart disease. The positive side of coconut oil is the medium chain triglycerides which are easier to absorb. This can be helpful in people with absorption issues. Coconut oil can be good for baking, but in general I recommend using other types of oil, such as olive oil, for cooking.

3. Apparently, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady stick to a very restrictive diet. Their private chef has spoken out and shared what the couple eats. The diet consists of 80% vegetables and 20% lean protein. They don’t eat white sugar, white flour, MSG, coffee, caffeine, fungus, dairy, and fruit. Sounds like it takes a lot of work to be a supermodel… I’ll keep my occasional cupcake and slice of pizza.

Raquel

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