Are carrots a starchy vegetable?

Carrots are a maligned veggie. They are nonstarchy, which means they’re much lower in carbohydrates than starchy veggies like corn, peas, beans, potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin and winter squash. Nonstarchy veggies can take up half our plate. Starchy veggies and other starchy foods should only take up...

Do high fiber foods have added fiber?

To be labeled a “high fiber” food, a product must have at least 5 grams or more of fiber. This may involve adding in more fiber into the item such as extra bran or another fiber source. For example, some high fiber cereals or breads may have added fiber. But either way, I’m fine with that. Whole grains are good for you. They have B vitamins, protein, some minerals and, of course, fiber. Fiber can help keep us regular, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar and keep us full. Aim for 21 to 38 grams of fiber a day. Consult with your healthcare provider about your individual...

Where does cholesterol in food come from?

If it has a head, a tail, a wing, hoof or gill, a mommy and daddy, or is produced by something that has any of these things, then it has cholesterol. In other words, cholesterol is found in proteins like meat, poultry and fish and products derived from them such as milk and cheese. If a food item is from the ground, it doesn’t have cholesterol. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee has officially recommended that we not worry so much about limiting cholesterol from food, as studies have shown that cholesterol obtained from food doesn’t affect our blood cholesterol as much as originally thought. But I still say moderation is good, particularly with regard to red meat, poultry skin and whole milk dairy products as these also contain saturated fat. I recommend speaking with your healthcare provider regarding your individual...

Why do we need carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates, found in grains, cereals, breads, starchy veggies, fruit, dairy products and more are our body’s favorite energy source. We tend to over consume them, so portion control is key. I typically recommend about fifty percent of our total daily calories to come from carbohydrate. But I suggest you speak with your healthcare provider about your individual...

Have you ever had a weight problem?

I find as I get older that my body is changing and it’s harder to keep the weight from creeping on. I understand that in our forties, fifties and beyond we won’t have the same bodies we did when we were in our twenties. I’m okay with that. But I still eat balanced, nutritious meals and exercise and I’m at a healthy weight. I look to maintain a healthy weight. And as long as I’m healthy and happy, I’m...