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Lately, we have seen a resurgence of the famous rice cake snack. We have been conditioned to believe rice cakes are a healthy and calorie-conscious snack. In fact, rice cakes have a glycemic index (GI) of about 91, which is almost as high as pure glucose sugar, which has a GI of 100. Foods with a high glycemic index are absorbed quickly by your body resulting in a spike in blood sugar. Foods that rapidly spike your blood sugar have been linked to heart disease, type 2 Diabetes and weight gain. Instead, look for foods with a glycemic index less than 70. Roasted vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini and carrots are packed with low-glycemic nutrients and fiber, which cause a slower rise in blood sugar, making you feel fuller, longer and are less likely to cause a post-snack slump. Your body will thank you, trust me.
Q: One of my friends gets B-12 shots on a regular basis. Should I be getting them, too?
A: B-12, otherwise known as cyanocobalamin, is a water-soluble B vitamin essential to our overall health. It is difficult to get enough B-12 from our diet, and B-12 absorbs poorly by oral supplementation. The best way to get your dose of B-12 is by intramuscular injection. B-12 shots have gained popularity lately for their numerous health benefits and lack of unwanted side effects. While true B-12 deficiencies are rare in the US, even mild deficiencies can contribute to anemia, nerve damage, altered brain function and other medical problems. Patients who get frequent B-12 shots report they experience an increase in metabolism, which can aid in weight-loss efforts and give an overall boost in energy. Many others believe that B-12 helps support proper immune function. It is impossible to overdose on this vitamin, and best results are seen with a series of injections. This painless shot is usually given in the buttock and ranges in price from $20 – $25 per injection.