Dietitians and nutritionists are often bombarded with questions on frozen foods, organic foods and white foods based out of popular nutrition advice. People keep avoiding foods that supply us with health benefits or sometimes adopt peculiar eating patterns that don’t do any good. Given here are such false advices that we often hear but should never follow:
Advise: Never eat frozen foods.
Reality: Frozen hot pizzas, fried onion rings, French fries, hot pockets and other refined processed foods should definitely be avoided but never should any individual avoid frozen produce. Read more on processed foods and their effect on our health at www.firsteatright.com. Interestingly, frozen fruits and vegetables might contain more nutrients than fresh ones as they’re picked and frozen with the nutrients intact. On the other hand, fresh produce loses some of its nutrients as it’s constantly exposed to air, light and heat during transport. If you live in a farm and could pick produce and eat it immediately it’s well and good. Otherwise you can in fact choose frozen produce over fresh produce for its high nutrient content.
Advise: Organic products are the only go-to option for health.
Reality: Organic products are firstly too expensive. Secondly, it prohibits you from eating the one thing everyone needs to eat for improved health-vegetables. Thirdly, organic products don’t contain additional nutrients than normal ones. Research proves a direct link between eating vegetables and reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity as they are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Advise: Eat breakfast as soon as you get up.
Reality: This advise is impractical and makes you end up eating more calories. For instance, if you get up at 6 am and eat your breakfast immediately, you are sure to feel hungry by 10 am and snack on something again. Rather, if you drink a glass of lukewarm water as soon as you get up and give yourself sometime before breakfast, it is better. Individuals planning to workout out early in the morning can eat half a portion of fruit before hitting the gym.
Advise: Never eat anything white.
Reality: It’s true that whole grains are recommended in place of white flour or other refined grains, but not all white foods are inedible for health. Suppose you follow this advice, will you stop eating cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic, parsnips, radish, cabbage, fennel, beans, tofu and white corn? Funny right? These foods are rich in vitamins, fiber, protein and antioxidants which are essential to boost your health.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.