The 10 Things Nutritionists Will Tell You to Cut From Your Diet from The 10 Things Nutritionists Will Tell You to Cut From Your Diet

The 10 Things Nutritionists Will Tell You to Cut From Your Diet

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The 10 Things Nutritionists Will Tell You to Cut From Your Diet

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There are certain foods that should be eaten in moderation, some with caution, and others should not be eaten at all. They may sound appealing because they are tasty or low in fat, but that doesn’t mean that they are good for you.

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It’s important to be aware that just because a product claims that it is healthy, doesn’t mean that it actually is. Food packaging and labels can be misleading.

Trans fats

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You want to completely avoid these fats! “They can increase your “bad” LDL cholesterol, lower your “good” HDL cholesterol, and raise your chance of heart disease,” Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, NJ, says. “They’re present in foods that contain partially hydrogenated oil, so read your ingredient labels carefully.” Even if a food label says a food has 0 grams of trans fats per serving, it might have small amounts, as U.S. food companies are allowed to label a food this way if a serving contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fats, she adds.

Low-fat peanut butter

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“When fat is removed from peanut butter, extra sugar and other filler ingredients are added,” Gorin says. “Peanut butter should be just roasted peanuts! The fat in natural peanut butter is satiating and good for your heart.”

Juice cocktails

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“When choosing a juice, you should look for one that’s 100 percent fruit juice,” Gorin says. “The word “cocktail” is a giveaway that juice is mixed with added sugar, which is unnecessary.”

Soda

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“There’s no health benefit to drinking soda, which is full of sugar,” Gorin says. “If you like the carbonation, consider drinking sparkling water or seltzer with a splash of fruit juice—or with some fruit slices added to it.”

Margarine

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Gorin says that we used to think of margarine as a healthy alternative to butter. “But many versions are made with partially hydrogenated oil, which contains trans fats.”

Large predatory fish

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“Fish such as shark and king mackerel have the highest levels of mercury,” Gorin says. “Avoid and opt instead for low-mercury fish like tilapia, oysters, and anchovies.”

Sugary oatmeal

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“Many flavored oatmeal contains a good amount of added sugar,” Gorin says. “I recommend choosing oatmeal that is just oats—and adding sweetness with fruit and cinnamon.”

Fruit canned in syrup

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“If the label of a canned fruit says it’s canned in “light syrup” or “heavy syrup,” this means that sugar has been added to it,” Gorin says. “Your best bet is to read the ingredient label and look for nothing but fruit on it.” Fruit canned in juice or water is usually a safe bet.

Dairy products

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There have been many misconceptions about the nutritional value of dairy. It has "been widely marketed as a food that strengthens the body, but dairy has actually been linked to a higher rate of osteoporosis, weight retention, weaker hair and nails, acne, and other allergy symptoms like mucus overproduction and nasal congestion,” Jessica Rosen, certified holistic health coach & president of Raw Generation, says. “There are plenty of other easy, plant-based ways to get your necessary doses of vitamin D, calcium, and/or protein like leafy greens, almonds, quinoa, lentils, and avocados.”

Refined white flour

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“This is one of the most common ingredients found in food and it’s also totally unhealthy,” Rosen says. “All of the nutrients are stripped out during processing and it’s chemically bleached.” Your body struggles to digest it because all of the fiber has been removed. Not to mention all of the gluten- which many people are unknowingly allergic to, she adds.