Nutritionists have been trained in the area of food, so they should know what to stay away from. These are the foods that offer little or no nutritional benefit to the body whatsoever. Of course this is just a derisive list and does not include every “bad” food out there in the market today. Some of these foods seem obvious, but some may be of a bit of a surprise because they are commonly covered up as healthy options.
Grain bread is best! Some white breads claim that they are as good as wholemeal or wholegrain breads with extra fibre and nutrients added, but this is not the case. From a nutritionists point of view, pure white bread sends blood glucose levels skyrocketing in a similar way to confectionary or soft drinks.
We don’t need a nutritionist to tell us that soft drink is bad news. With nine teaspoons of sugar per can, liquid sugars are among the worst we can consume.
There is nothing healthy about banana bread except for the bananas. The average slice of banana bread contains more than 60 gms of total carbohydrate (the equivalent of four slices of bread), 20-30 grams of fat and at least four teaspoons of sugar.
Cheese Flavoured Snacks
Cheese flavoured snacks can be pretty nasty. They are packed with fat, flavours, colours and even MSG. Buying plain potato chips cooked in sunflower oil is a much better option than these snacks.
Lollies are basically pure sugar. It does not matter if they are “natural” or “fruit” flavoured, they are all bad for you. If you would like to enjoy a sweet treat from time to time, have a few squares of dark chocolate, it is a much better option.
Chocolate Nut Spread
Chocolate spread contains a lot more bad fat than it does good fat from nuts. The first few ingredients listed on the packaging of chocolate spread are sugar and vegetable oil, it speaks for itself.
These are just processed fruit snacks that contain fruit, sugar, gums and flavours to make up a fruit stick or snack. There is a huge difference in having a piece of fresh fruit packed with all the nutrients and fibres than having a processed stick.
Doughnuts are one of the worst baked goods nutritionally being one of the few foods that still contains a significant dose of trans fats, the type of fat that has been directly linked to heart disease.
Rice snacks are low in protein and other key nutrients. They simply offer “empty calories” along with a rapid rise in blood glucose levels rather than long lasting energy. They are a dense source of high glycaemic index carbohydrate, which means that blood glucose levels rapidly increase after it is consumed, along with the hormone insulin, which promotes fat storage in the body.
This is a controversial topic, but nutritionists will generally recommend that margarine is an added fat that we do not need in our diet. If we get plenty of good fat from avocados, nuts, good quality oils, seeds and fish, we should not need a spread. If you do need to use a spread, at lease look at a low fat variety.
Source - www.goodfood.com.au