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The 5 First Things Nutritionists Will Tell You To Cut From Your Diet

MAGGIE FINN RYAN

We can all agree that restrictive diets are a total drag. Plus, they’ve been proven to be detrimental to our health in the long run. Here, registered dietitians share the 5 foods you should totally nix from your diet. For our sanity, it’s important to enjoy what we eat, and registered dieticians insist that most foods are fine in moderation. That said, “there are some foods that provide minimal nutritional benefits that we should limit or avoid,” says Vandana Sheth, RD, CDE, spokesperson for the Academy Of Nutrition and Dietetics.

So how can you begin phasing them out? Angela Ginn-Meadow, RD, LDN, CDE, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that it’s a gradual process: Start by eating that food less often, then cut down the portion size when you do eat it. Finally, sub in a healthier option.

The bottom line is that healthy eating is about being mindful and aware of what you’re consuming. Here, registered dietitians share the 5 foods you should totally nix from your diet.

Sugary beverages

“Beverages with added sugar are one of the easiest things we can cut from our diets,” says Ginn-Meadow. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons (about 24 g) of sugar a day, and men no more than 9 tsp. To give some perspective, one 20 oz lemon-lime soda has a whopping 77 g of sugar—more than triple the recommended daily amount. Sheth adds that fancy coffee drinks can also be total sugar bombs that add up quickly. Before you know it, you may consume 400-900 calories and 10-15 tsp of sugar from that white chocolate mocha.

Sweetened cereals

Here’s another place to slash added sugar. According to Sheth, sweet cereals and flavored instant oatmeal are packed with added sugars and typically made from refined grains, which contain minimal fiber. Instead, enjoy whole grain cereal (like one of these low-sugar cereals that don’t taste like twigs) or old-fashioned oats with fresh fruit.

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Source: Prevention Today