Food tips with Ted Ingram, RD-clinical nutritionist at the Block Center

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Ted Ingram, RD. who ran one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Chicago is a top nutritional consultant for the Block Center in Chicago, a top international integrative cancer care clinic. Ted works with a host of health issues and custom nutritional concepts. As restaurateur/event planner Ted attracted the Who’s Who of Chicago from Oprah Winfrey, Michael Butler, creator of “Hair”, John Mahoney of “Frasier”, and some Hollywood types from Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, Elvis Costello, bodybuilder Frank Zane, and the legendary Mr. Rogers to name a few. This pioneering effort in marketing a much healthier “nouvelle cuisine” at a time when other industry leaders were viewing this as a fad set the stage for the Charlie Trotters and Whole Foods Operations of today.  Rolling out sat down with Ted Ingram as he offered a few food tips. Check it out below!

What are high carbohydrates and low carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are a very important energy source. Your high carbohydrates foods are the ones that will give you 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving. These are foods such as grains and starchy vegetables (e.g., sweet potatoes, white potatoes, squash, corn, etc.). The low carbohydrate foods will be vegetables like your broccoli, carrots, lettuces, mustard greens, beets, cabbages, spinach, tomatoes, etc. These foods will give you 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Remember that this is a food that you should not be avoided because this is your brain energy source. Just know what the high-quality ones are that you should be eating.

What foods are better for helping manage one’s blood sugar?

Whole grain, fresh vegetables, and whole fruits are good choices for helping to manage your blood sugars. There is something called the Glycemic Index that our “Ask the RD” can give you more details on how to use this tool, which might help give you greater control of your blood sugars.

What are good fats and bad fats?

First, let’s understand that we need fat in our diet. The body needs fat to make hormones and that should come from good fats. Your good fats are your monounsaturated fats found in your cold –pressed or expeller organic olive oil, canola oil, flax seeds, organic nuts, seeds, etc. Omega 3 fatty acids are another good source of unsaturated fats, which are found in cold water fishes, flax seed oil, omega-3 whole eggs, etc. Your bad fats are your saturated fats that are usually found in animal and animal by-products, which are foods like meat and dairy. Coconut oil and palm oil are plant sources for saturated fats. These saturated fats if eaten should be sparingly to lower risk for heart disease and certain cancers.

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