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June 4, 1999
By MEG H. PARTINGTON / Staff Writer photo: MARLA BROSE / staff photographer Carbohydrates often are in the middle of the diet dilemma. Should you eat pasta, potatoes and breads? If not, what sources should your carbohydrates come from? It's the subject of many debates. [cont. from lifestyle ] The Atkins Diet restricts processed carbohydrates, starchy vegetables and foods high in sugar. The diet was created in the 1970s by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, founder and medical director of Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City.
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By Lynn F. Little | March 9, 1999
For years you have heard that low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets are best. Recently, however, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets have become fashionable in some circles. So which is it, high-carb or low-carb and why do we need carbohydrates at all? [cont. from lifestyle ] Found in our most commonly eaten foods (bread, pasta, potatoes, starchy vegetables, grains, fruits and vegetables), carbohydrates provide energy for the body's most demanding tasks. When digested, they form glucose, a type of sugar that supplies our cells with the energy they need to function.
NEWS
January 18, 2000
In dieting circles, a lot of time is spent discussing which is best, a high-carbohydrate or a low-carbohydrate diet. What often gets lost is the overriding effect of total calories and the value of different types of carbohydrates: simple vs. complex; refined vs. unrefined. What do these descriptors for carbohydrates really mean, and why are they important? cont. from lifestyle Simple carbohydrates refer to single sugar molecules or pairs of sugar molecules bonded together.
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by Chris Copley | April 16, 2003
chrisc@herald-mail.com Your body is basically a machine, and sugar is its fuel. It works like this: Imagine yourself driving to work. Your car needs gasoline, so you stop at the service station. The pump offers regular gas or high-test racing fuel. You say, "What the heck?" and put some racing fuel in the tank. Power surges into the engine and you roar down the road with a big grin on your face. But five minutes later, your car slows down. You're just puttering along.
NEWS
by Christine L. Moats | December 8, 2003
Anyone concerned about weight loss has more than likely discussed calories. We talk about calories all of the time, but what they? According to Tim Higgins, clinical manager of nutrition services at Washington County Hospital, a calorie is a measurement of energy in the same way an inch is a measurement of length. A calorie is the amount of energy needed to heat up one gram of water one degree centigrade. Calories are not physical components of food, but are a measure of the potential energy released when food is consumed and broken down during digestion.
NEWS
July 25, 2000
Mom's recipe is great for hot days When it's hot out and I know I won't feel like cooking for a few days, I'll prepare a quick macaroni salad. It's easy to make, and, since it's Mom's recipe, I know it will taste good while I'm trying to beat the heat. Because I'm a runner, I don't worry about the argument that too much pasta can be bad for me. Pasta is a carbohydrate. When carbohydrates are not used, the body converts them into sugar, which can become fat. The energy macaroni provides is one benefit that outweighs any negatives of taking in too many carbohydrates.
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by LYNN F. LITTLE | March 17, 2004
Breakfast is the jump-start to the day. Without breakfast, people are like cars running with a low tank of gas. Eating breakfast is just as important for adults and college students as it is for young children. Breakfast is for everybody. It has nothing to do with age. Breakfast provides glucose needed to get the body ready to concentrate and perform at an optimum level. Usually at breakfast we eat something with carbohydrates that gives us immediate refueling for our brain.
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Melissa Tewes and Joe Fleischman | Your Health Matters | October 14, 2011
Special to The Herald-Mail Proper nutrition is paramount to leading a healthful lifestyle, whether your goal is to lose weight or to provide your body with adequate fuel to run a marathon. Regardless of what you are trying to achieve, you will not reach your goals without a healthful diet.   Carbohydrates are important to fuel the body. If you are trying to lose weight while exercising, do not eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. The more you exercise, the more carbohydrates your body will require.
NEWS
January 11, 1999
By MEG H. PARTINGTON / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer One simple solution to midday sluggishness is complex - carbohydrates, that is - paired with just enough protein. Grab some crackers with peanut butter or a bagel with low-fat cream cheese instead of a candy bar and you'll feel rejuvenated longer, say area nutrition experts. They also recommend taking in smaller bits of nourishment throughout the day instead of fewer heavy meals.
NEWS
by LYNN F. LITTLE | February 19, 2003
Sports or energy bars are no longer just for endurance athletes. They're being marketed to soccer moms, busy kids and just about anyone who wants a pick-me-up snack. Are they really the nutritious snack they claim to be or just an expensive version of a Snickers bar? That depends on the one you choose. The original energy bars were chewy, high-carbohydrate bars that tasted bland and left a metallic aftertaste from the added vitamins and minerals. Today, many taste more like candy than nutritional bars.
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Melissa Tewes and Joe Fleischman | Your Health Matters | October 14, 2011
Special to The Herald-Mail Proper nutrition is paramount to leading a healthful lifestyle, whether your goal is to lose weight or to provide your body with adequate fuel to run a marathon. Regardless of what you are trying to achieve, you will not reach your goals without a healthful diet.   Carbohydrates are important to fuel the body. If you are trying to lose weight while exercising, do not eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. The more you exercise, the more carbohydrates your body will require.
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LIFESTYLE
Chad Smith | May 8, 2011
There still seems to be a lot of confusion about carbohydrates. What’s good, what’s bad, what do I need, what do I leave alone?  Let me make it simple for you.  Hopefully you know that carbs are not the enemy. You just need to choose the right kinds at the right times in the right amounts specific to your individual needs. My new clients are often surprised at how simple it is: Just eat more natural carbs instead of processed (man-made) carbs. That is, anything picked from the ground or the tree is natural, such as fruits and veggies, potatoes and yams, beans, brown rice, oats, etc. And anything overly processed should be limited or avoided, such as white bread and pasta, chips and crackers, pretzels, etc. But, one of the first questions I always get from new clients goes something like this, “What about the Glycemic Index, why don’t you use it?
NEWS
By LYNN LITTLE | June 18, 2008
Coping with summer's heat should include eating lighter foods that provide energy and nutrition. Some of the popular food choices during summer months are fruits, vegetables, sandwiches and salads. At one time, it was said that warm foods were "stick to your ribs" foods. Warm foods (such as soup) actually help us generate the extra heat we need to keep us warmer in the winter. In the summer, we want to eat lighter foods. We still need calories and, in fact, we might be more active in the summertime than we were in the winter.
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by Lynn Little | August 10, 2005
Coping with summer's heat should include eating lighter foods that provide energy and nutrition. Popular food choices during summer months include fruits, vegetables, sandwiches and salads. At one time, it was said that warm foods stick to your ribs. Warm foods (such as soup) actually help us generate the extra heat we need to keep us warmer in the winter. But in the summer, we want to eat lighter foods. We still need calories, but we don't need the additional warmth that can come with the calories of heavier foods.
NEWS
by Lynn Little | January 26, 2005
Low- to no-carbohydrate diets have been the craze for a nation obsessed with being thin, yet becoming increasingly obese. With the carb-cutting rage, many people are missing the benefits of eating whole-grain foods. Whole grains are complex carbohydrates that help lower the risk of developing some life-threatening, nutrition-related diseases. They naturally provide the body with essential nutrients that often are lacking in processed-carbohydrate foods. Choosing to go the low- or no-carb route could lead to missing the benefits of whole grains, the other carbohydrates.
NEWS
by LYNN F. LITTLE | March 17, 2004
Breakfast is the jump-start to the day. Without breakfast, people are like cars running with a low tank of gas. Eating breakfast is just as important for adults and college students as it is for young children. Breakfast is for everybody. It has nothing to do with age. Breakfast provides glucose needed to get the body ready to concentrate and perform at an optimum level. Usually at breakfast we eat something with carbohydrates that gives us immediate refueling for our brain.
NEWS
by LYNN F. LITTLE | December 31, 2003
From ads on the radio, it is obvious that car and truck dealers know that winter is here. Numerous local shops offer deals to winterize your vehicle so you won't be stuck out in the snow and cold. This is an example of how people take better care of their vehicles than of their bodies. Think about fuel for a minute. Smart people do not drive around with empty gas tanks. Yet, people often expect their bodies and brains to run on empty - as they skip meals or eliminate entire food groups on one fad diet or another.
NEWS
by Christine L. Moats | December 8, 2003
Anyone concerned about weight loss has more than likely discussed calories. We talk about calories all of the time, but what they? According to Tim Higgins, clinical manager of nutrition services at Washington County Hospital, a calorie is a measurement of energy in the same way an inch is a measurement of length. A calorie is the amount of energy needed to heat up one gram of water one degree centigrade. Calories are not physical components of food, but are a measure of the potential energy released when food is consumed and broken down during digestion.
NEWS
by Chris Copley | April 16, 2003
chrisc@herald-mail.com Your body is basically a machine, and sugar is its fuel. It works like this: Imagine yourself driving to work. Your car needs gasoline, so you stop at the service station. The pump offers regular gas or high-test racing fuel. You say, "What the heck?" and put some racing fuel in the tank. Power surges into the engine and you roar down the road with a big grin on your face. But five minutes later, your car slows down. You're just puttering along.
NEWS
by LYNN F. LITTLE | February 19, 2003
Sports or energy bars are no longer just for endurance athletes. They're being marketed to soccer moms, busy kids and just about anyone who wants a pick-me-up snack. Are they really the nutritious snack they claim to be or just an expensive version of a Snickers bar? That depends on the one you choose. The original energy bars were chewy, high-carbohydrate bars that tasted bland and left a metallic aftertaste from the added vitamins and minerals. Today, many taste more like candy than nutritional bars.
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