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Meal Servings and Obesity Rates Increasing-December 17, 2015

Meal servings are steadily increasing causing obesity and diabetes to be on the rise.

What serving size do we need of carbohydrates and proteins in our diet, and what is the harm in consuming too much?

A serving size of grains should be approximately ½ cup, which equals around 25 grams of carbohydrates.  Vegetables and fruits servings can be ½ -1 cup, but vegetables are lower in carbohydrates than fruits.  Therefore, an apple at mealtime would be your serving for carbohydrates. 

Carbohydrate overload can result in your blood sugar to spike, and an insulin surge.  After a period of time this constant overload increases your risk for developing Type II diabetes.  Constant high levels of insulin have shown to promote cancer cell growth, with many cancer cells having insulin receptors specifically designed to capture insulin to fuel their growth.

On the other hand, proteins preserve our lean mass, build muscle and bone, and become more essential as we age.  Proteins trigger the release of neurotransmitters in the brain from the gut, hence the gut-brain connection, which can lead to positive emotions, and more energy.

FOOD RULES…if it rots-eat it!  A serving of 4-6 ounces of protein matched with 4-6 ounces of vegetables and fruits is ideal.  The best way to eat healthy is to make it a priority in your demanding schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

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