Shape Magazine posted an article about 7 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never Eat. Well, here is what I think of their list (some pretty accurate) and why Dietitians are not perfect:
- Rice Cakes: Yes, most are a processed white rice flour. Not a diet food. But, recently, you can find higher quality, less processed brown rice cakes. These could make an excellent snack with a little almond butter spread on top!
- Fat Free Salad Dressing: Completely agree with this. Never buy foods that are fat free that aren’t meant to be. Usually a lot of sugar, salt, and additives are added back in to replace the fat.
- Seitan: A wheat gluten protein replacement product (a tofu alternative). The problem is that you are ingesting almost 100% wheat gluten. Some are sensitive to high quantities of gluten. Other than that, to me, it seems like a frankenfood, and it just doesn’t taste that great. I probably wouldn’t have put it on this list, but, yes, I don’t eat it.
- Shark: Chock full of mercury. So, no thank you.
- Re-fined and Re-fortified Grains: This is a no brainer. I try to avoid these as much as possible. But, if I am at a nice Italian restaurant, of course I will have a piece of bread. I try to be healthy, not crazy.
- Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Absolutely avoid! I can’t remember the last time I had a soda, bottled juice, or anything sweetened with sugar. Perhaps I have had a margarita or two in the past few years, but that’s about the only liquid sugar I can think of!
- Grits: I didn’t know what grits where until I moved to Atlanta. I then realized that they are a processed corn product. No nutritional value whatsoever. However, I do eat them occasionally mostly because I think they taste OK, and my Southern boyfriend cooks them.
Anyway, the point is that nutritionists/dietitians are not perfect. But, there are definitely a lot of things we do not keep in our diets to stay healthy. Another thing I would’ve added to the list is processed meats with nitrites like hot dogs and jerky. Nitrites=cancer causing.