It may be prime time for a pantry cleanout.
By Betty Gold
There are some ingredients we know we should be eating as often as possible: fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and plenty of other nutritious plant-based foods we’re included in this roundup. Indeed, at Real Simple, we’re all about the positive when it comes to wellness: we’d much rather hear about (and share!) all the delicious ways we can eat more for better health. We’ll forever be in the moderation-is-key camp.
That being said, are there foods we should avoid at all costs for health reasons? According to a roster of Registered Dietitians (RDs) we spoke with, yes there are. Here are the foods nutrition experts advise we avoid whenever possible. If some of these are in your fridge right now, don’t worry. Balance is everything—just try not to eat them every day.
The Impossible Burger—and any other highly processed meal replacer
“The food you should avoid is anything that you can’t imagine growing and that your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize,” says Natalie Forester, RDN from Miraval Austin. “If there’s a packaged product you want to consume, first check the ingredients and ask yourself, can I imagine this ingredient growing? Then ask your ever-so-wise great-great-grandmother’s spirit if she knows what each ingredient is—and move forward from there.”
As an example, Forester highlights the Impossible Burger. “Would it pass the test? No, no it would not.” The Impossible Burger ingredients, along with other plant-based “burgers” like Beyond Meat, are highly processed and promote inflammation within cells and tissues of the human body that can lead to disease and dysfunction. “As a matter of fact, let’s go ahead and add the meal replacement, Soylent, to this list. We should be working with the body versus tricking the body, shall we?” Well-stated.
Packaged cookies, pies, pastries, and biscuits
They may be convenient and tasty, but stick to the homemade variety. Why? According to Mia Syn, MS, RDN, it’s likely that these grocery store delicacies contain trans fats. “They’re added to help prolong shelf life and enhance taste and texture of products in a cost-effective way by manufacturers,” she explains. “There is no safe level of trans fat consumption because it can increase your risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.”
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Source: Real Simple