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You have questions, we have answers. For the last few weeks you’ve  been asking nutritional questions on our social media sites. Here are some of our answers:

Dear HDT,

Are there antioxidants in deep fried hot pockets?

This begs the question, what’s an antioxidant? It’s a molecule that oxidizes free radicals. Basically, they protect your cells, support your immune system and defend against disease as well as aging. So to answer your question: there may be a small fraction of antioxidants in hot pockets but a better source would be tomatoes, oranges or spinach.

Is butter a carb?

No, butter is a saturated fat. And yes, on Wednesdays we wear pink.

What is gluten?

Gluten is the protein portion of grains found in flour, wheat, barley and rye.

Are there such things as good fats and bad fats?

Yes! Unsaturated fats are much better for you than saturated or trans fats. You can find them in olive oil, avocado or salmon.

I know when you eat a lot of carrots your skin gets an orange/yellow hue. I just watched my friend eat a 96 box of Crayola crayons and nothing. Why is this?

Eating a lot of carrots can cause carotenaemia, a skin discoloration due to excess carotenoids in your blood. As for the crayons, as long as they’re non-toxic, they’ll pass through their system like anything else. Next time, we recommend a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables if you’re trying to taste the rainbow.

I was reading this article on juice diets and their benefits. Can you give me insight?

While drinking juice gives you the vitamins found in fruit, you miss out on the fiber found in the skin. An all juicing diet, unless carefully thought out and monitored, may deprive you of key nutrients and leave you consuming too much sugar. However, for someone who doesn’t love fruit or vegetables, juicing can be a good way to incorporate an extra serving into your diet.

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Didn’t get to ask your question? Find us on Facebook (RU Healthy Dining Team), Twitter (@RUHDT) or on Instagram (@RU_HDT) and ask away! You may be featured in another edition of Dear HDT.

Xoxo, HDT

HDT

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Authored by: Taylor Palm
Reviewed by: Peggy Policastro, MS, RD D
epartment of Nutritional Sciences
References: “Antioxidants”, “Snippet on Lipids”, “Get the Facts on Gluten Free”, “What’s your Main Squeeze?” Available at: http://food.rutgers.edu/menus-and-nutrition/healthy-dining Accessed on: February 6, 2014.
“Carotenaemia.”Available at: http://dermnetnz.org/systemic/carotenaemia.html Accessed on: February 6, 2014.

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