Di­eti­tian Melanie Mc­grice an­swers your food queries


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‘It can be a great way to get the rec­om­mended 8-10 cups’

choose what you eat based on nu­tri­tion & not just calo­ries

Does hot wa­ter and lemon do any good?

A The no­tion that drink­ing wa­ter in the morn­ing is more ben­e­fi­cial than drink­ing it at other times through­out the day lacks ev­i­dence; how­ever, hav­ing wa­ter first thing in the morn­ing can be a great way to make sure that you get the rec­om­mended eight-10 cups of wa­ter per day. If you don’t like the taste of wa­ter, adding a squeeze of lemon to your wa­ter can be a great way to spruce up the flavour and due to lemon be­ing high in Vi­ta­min C, it can pro­vide some added health ben­e­fits as well.

Does eat­ing sugar cause can­cer?

A Sugar is not a car­cino­genic (can­cer-caus­ing) sub­stance. How­ever, over-con­sump­tion of sugar – par­tic­u­larly added sug­ars in pro­cessed bev­er­ages and foods – can con­trib­ute to obe­sity, which is an im­por­tant risk fac­tor for can­cer.

What’s the CICO diet?

A CICO stands for ‘calo­ries in, calo­ries out’. With calo­riecount­ing apps avail­able at our fin­ger­tips, it’s a diet based around the con­cept of count­ing calo­ries. » Pros: The key ad­van­tage of this diet is its flex­i­bil­ity. In­stead of fol­low­ing a rou­tine meal plan, you can en­joy a wide va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent foods, as long as you don’t go over your calo­rie limit. And, if you want to eat more calo­ries, you just have to burn more! » Cons: The­o­ret­i­cally you could eat all of your calo­ries from cho­co­late, in which case you’d be miss­ing out on key nu­tri­ents. » My ver­dict? It can be a great way to man­age your weight, as long as you in­clude some common sense, and choose what you eat based on nu­tri­tion and not just calo­ries.

Are flaxseeds good for con­sti­pa­tion?

A Yes! Flaxseeds are a good source of di­etary fi­bre, pro­vid­ing ap­prox­i­mately 22g per 100g of seeds. Fur­ther­more, one good study found that con­sum­ing 6-24g per day of ground flaxseeds im­proved con­sti­pa­tion and bloat­ing in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome.

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