Experts from different areas of specialty explain why they won't eat these foods.
If a dietitian won’t eat a particular food, it should be a good sign that you really should not be eating it either. Dietitians and nutritionists make their careers by examining the healthful and unhealthful ingredients in foods and determining what’s good for the bodies and what’s not. Some no-gos are obvious: candy, soda and anything fried, for example. Others may be less obvious, and you might be surprised to find out that some foods you thought were healthy wouldn’t allow it to be past a dietitian’s lips.
When it comes to what shouldn’t perform your plate, nutritionists are a pretty opinionated bunch. Actually, after polling a few, we found there have been a few foods they won’t touch whatsoever. Here’s what they’ve ditched from their diets, and perhaps you should, too.
You already know that fiber is good for you personally in many ways: Research shows that high-fiber diets are related to lower total blood cholesterol, less constipation and even weight loss. Actually, eating a high-fiber meal at breakfast helps you eat less all day. Fiber is naturally present in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, but in an attempt to go for what seems like the more convenient — and in some cases, tastier — option, many individuals are reaching for a fiber bar instead. But fiber bars are often candy bars in disguise: filled with sugar, high maltose corn syrup, honey, palm kernel oil and/or fructose.
These are among the worst processed foods because of the high fat and high sodium content but much more so the nitrates used as preservatives. These have been associated with stomach cancer among other illnesses. It is important to remember this includes products like hot dogs.
That one needs no explanation, perhaps ranking the for the worst situation when it comes to nutrition cost benefit analysis. With nine teaspoons of sugar per can, and as liquid sugars are among the worst we are able to consume, you do not need a nutrition degree to know that soft drink isn’t good news.
There is a massive difference between a bit of fresh fruit, with all the nutrients and fibre it contains, and the compressed mix of fruit, sugar, gums and flavours that comprise a fruit stick or strap. Not just are processed fruit snacks a nightmare for that teeth, they are also far more concentrated in energy than fruit itself. Eat your fruit the way in which nature intended it, not from the packet.
As a human being, if we are told not to do something, our instinct can be to complete exactly that. Indeed, this can be the case with food restriction however when you are a trained nutritionist there are some foods you know offer so little nutritionally that you would prefer not to eat at all than get your energy from all of these particular options. Some of these may seem obvious while some may surprise you because they commonly masquerade as “healthy” options.
One of the relatively few foods that also contains a significant dose of trans fats, the kind of fat that has been directly associated with heart disease, doughnuts are one of the worst baked goods nutritionally. Topped with high sugar icing and lots of fat, the average doughnut will set you back a minimum of 400 calories and 20 grams of total fat, 10 of which are saturated.
If you take into account that the average muffin or slice of banana bread contains greater than 60 grams of total carbohydrate (the same as four slices of bread), 20-30 grams of fat and four or five teaspoons of sugar, it is safe to say that there’s nothing healthy about banana bread except the bananas, and it ought to really just be called banana cake.
Spreads really are a controversial food topic among nutrition professionals because the recommended switch from butter to margarine originally originated from evidence that plant-based oils were better for that heart than animal-based fat. Although this is true, nutritionists will generally recommend foods which are as natural as possible and when it comes to margarine it’s an added fat that we don’t “need” in our diet. In general, we get lots of good fat from avocados, nuts, good quality oils, seeds and fish already. Should you choose choose to use a spread, at least locate a reduced fat variety.
While it may tell you they are as good as wholemeal or wholegrain breads with extra fibre and nutrients added, it’s still not as good nutritionally as wholegrain bread. In fact, within the eyes of a nutritionist, pure white bread sends blood blood sugar levels skyrocketing in a similar way to confectionery or soft drinks. Yes, it is a fact that sourdough is a better option but it does not change the fact that for those who can tolerate it, grain bread is best.