On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering 5 viewer questions in 5 minutes, including is pork good for you or do pork chops contain parasites?
I just got back from a tough, late night workout at the gym.
So now it’s time to unwind, light a few candles, and answer 5 of your questions without going over the 5 minute time limit.
By the way, yes, real men use candles.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy this chilled and laid back episode from our #LLTV Q&A series.
1. Does pork contain parasites?
2. What is the lowest % dark chocolate you should eat? Should it be organic? How much can you eat per serving?
3. Is coconut palm sugar a healthier sweetener?
5. Does cutting calories cause muscle loss?
Keep reading below to find out my answers to all of these questions.
First question is from Winnie Guo.
Is pork good for you? Do pork chops really contain parasites?
It could be a myth, or maybe it’s true.
All I know is when you heat the pork chops, it’s going to kill the parasites, if they’re even in there or not.
I’m not concerned about it, as long as you cook your pork chops throughly.
So is pork good for you?
Pork chops are in my diet.
Here’s a delicious slow cooker pork recipe that we love to make.
Next question is from lotw51:
Thanks for the great info. Wondering if you could talk about dark chocolate? Would you recommend organic? How much per day and what is the lowest percentage dark chocolate you would recommend?
You may be surprised that I do eat dark chocolate, but I only eat dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao.
I try to get above 80% cacao whenever possible, however your goal should be to get above 70% cacao when eating dark chocolate.
When dark chocolate has a higher cacao percentage, it typically means the chocolate is richer and higher in antioxidants.
So always look on the label for dark chocolate with a higher cacao percentage.
Typically the higher the cacao percentage, the healthier the dark chocolate will be for you.
The next question was how much dark chocolate you should have per day?
Dark chocolate is not like a typical milk chocolate KitKat bar, meaning you don’t eat the full dark chocolate bar in one serving.
Eating an entire dark chocolate bar in one serving would equate to a lot of calories, since it’s so rich.
When it comes to a good serving size of dark chocolate, all you need is 2 or 3 squares per serving.
Depending on the size, one dark chocolate bar could be upwards of 6-10 servings per bar.
Lastly, does it matter is the dark chocolate is organic?
Organic dark chocolate could be healthier, but just because something says organic on the label, it doesn’t mean all the ingredients are actually healthy.
Certain organic foods contain unhealthy ingredients.
Always look at the ingredients label, and look for the cleanest ingredients possible, especially words that you can actually pronounce.
However, try to stay away from dark chocolate that has soy in it.
Next question is from greeeeeen1021:
Hey Brad, what are your opinions on coconut palm sugar?
I actually just posted an episode of Food Wars on healthy natural sweeteners but I didn’t talk about coconut palm sugar.
I recently bought some since I read it is lower on the glycemic index.
However, at the end of the day, coconut palm sugar is still sugar, so it will raise your blood sugar levels.
In other words, make sure you don’t get the wrong idea and think it’s healthy to add coconut sugar to every single meal, or eat a lot of it every single day.
Next question from: TheKmila
Brad, could you please explain more about acidity and alkaline foods?
You can find the full answer to the question, does eating alkaline foods vs acidic foods affect your health, here.
Last question from: rug27mamay
Does cutting calories cause muscle loss?
Here’s the thing.
When you’re in a calorie surplus, you’re going to add mass, whether that’s fat or muscle.
The opposite of this is being in a calorie deficit, where you’re going to burn fat or muscle.
If you’re at a maintenance level where you’re actually expending as many calories as you’re taking in, you’re going to maintain your body weight.
If you cut calories too drastically, your body will burn muscle for energy as well.
You have to be very smart with how much of a calorie deficit you’re creating with your diet.
It’s important to not go too crazy and get too aggressive with your calorie deficit.
Start with a 300 calorie deficit per day and see how your body reacts.
If you notice you’re starting to lose muscle, add in more calories.
You just have to playing around with your calorie calculations and test what works for you.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.