Healthy Bites 4/14/21

Here's how you can eat, think, and move this week in order to live your healthiest life.

How to Eat
What are "good" carbs?

For those of you who are trying to watch your carbs or manage blood sugars, you have probably been told to stick to eating "good carbs". But what exactly are good carbs? For the most part good carbs would (1) be whole foods and (2) have a low glycemic index or load.

Okay, whole foods you can probably figure out - nothing processed. But what about the whole glycemic index/load thing? That’s not too difficult to figure out either. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly the sugars from foods (carbs) are absorbed by the body. Foods with a low glycemic index release their sugars more slowly than those with a higher glycemic index. This leads to less of a spike in insulin (which is a good thing).

The glycemic index (GI) was calculated experimentally by feeding healthy subjects a food containing 50 grams of carbohydrates and then measuring...
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Can Vitamin D Cut Your Risk of Breast Cancer?


There has been so much in the news about the benefits of vitamin D that you might believe it's the cure all for any ailment.
Well, it's not quite that, but it may be very important to breast cancer patients (or those who don't want to be breast cancer patients). 


Hi there!  I’m Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I wanted to answer some questions about vitamin D and breast cancer.


First, why is vitamin D important, anyhow?  Well, it plays a role in hundreds of metabolic reactions in the body.  Our bodies can actually make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun.  Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium from the gut, it helps keep normal amounts of calcium in the blood, and it helps us use that calcium to build bones.  Along with calcium, vitamin D helps protect older adults from osteoporosis and fractures.


What happens when you don’t have enough vitamin D?  Well, severe deficiency in children causes a condition...

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