Dietitian Melanie Mcgrice answers your food queries
DIETITIAN MELANIE MCGRICE ON THE BENEFITS OF LEMON IN WATER AND THE PROS AND CONS OF CALORIE COUNTING
‘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.