Ever wonder what foods Nutritionists won't eat?
Here's the list of my Top 8 Foods and Drinks that I won't touch and the reasons why:
#8 HOT DOGS.
Hot dogs are highly processed sodium bombs with minimal protein content. The FDA recommends LIMITING sodium intake to 2300mg or 1500mg if you're over the age of 51. are African-American, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease.
2300mg and 1500mg are UPPER LIMITS. Just one hot dog contains about 25% to 35% of the maximum daily sodium allowance.
There have also been studies that potentially linking hot dogs to colorectal cancer:
While it's not certain the impact processed meats have on cancer, the highly processed nature of hog dogs, high sodium, and little protein or nutritional value is reason enough for me to avoid them.
#7 SUGARY CEREALS.
Sugary cereals like: Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, Reese's Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc. provide absolutely no nutritional value, are full of wasted calories, and contain tons of sugar.
Some of these cereals are over 50%...FIFTY PERCENT...SUGAR.
If you're wondering which sugary cereals are the absolute worst, check out this slideshow from CBS News:
Forget the sugary cereals and opt for a more balanced breakfast that contains a balance of protein, healthy carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
#6 PACKAGED PASTRIES.
Packaged pastries are just as bad as sugary cereals. Doesn't matter if they're regular pastries, "low fat" , or gluten-free pastries...They all contain wasted calories, excess sugar, high fat, and are full of preservatives.
Again, these also provide no nutritional value and will leave you feeling hungry even after you just ate. The high amount of sugars and preservative in these pastries send signals to your brain that you're still hungry and to keep eating, which is why we have such a hard time eating "just one" of these treats.
A better option is to make your treats at home using ingredients that you can trust to minimize the preservatives, extra fat, and sugar.
If you're looking for some ideas for healthy treats, send me an email and I'm happy to send a few of my favorite recipes!
#5 COLORED YOGURT AND 'FRUIT ON BOTTOM' YOGURT.
You may be surprised this is on my list.
These cutesy colorful yogurts are packed with GMO's and allergens and I avoid them like the plague.
Even if I'm in a pinch and need a snack on the go, I'll opt for nuts and a piece of fruit 100% of the time over these yogurts.
A few years back when I decided to become a Nutritionist, I came across this Tedx Talk with Robyn O'Brien and it made a huge impact on me. Here, Robyn talks specifically about the scary affects that these colored yogurts and the prepackaged pastries had on her child:
As for the fruit on bottom yogurts, that is all just extra sugar and doesn't provide any of the nutritional value you would get from fresh fruit.
A much better option is Fage Greek Yogurt: Total, 2%, or 0% and mix in your own fresh fruit!
#4 PREMIXED SEASONING PACKETS.
Fajita mix, taco seasoning, etc. These are all sodium bombs! So much added salt and often times added preservatives.
You don't need these mixes! Opt for using real spices like chili powder, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, etc in your recipes instead. You already have these in your cabinet and can create your own season blends that will taste better and be healthier for you.
If you would like some of my go-to seasoning blend recipes, send me an email!
**NOTE: I do use and support Flavorgod Seasoning Blends. These are all natural, organic, and contain no added preservatives.**
#3 FLAVORED COFFEE CREAMERS.
Cinnamon cookie, thin mint coffee creamer, apple pie, etc...All of these store bought flavored creamers are awful for weight loss.
These flavored creamers contain added sugar, preservatives, and most importantly (HFCS) HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.
If there is only one ingredient that you avoid in food, let it be high frutose corn syrup.
HFCS is a genetically engineered artifical sweetener made from corn that is a lot sweeter than sugar and a lot cheaper to use. To learn more about HFCS, read this article.
HFCS is potentially the absolute worst additive you can consume and, unfortunately, it is used in so many prepackaged foods.
#2 BLENDED COFFEE DRINKS.
Yeah, those Iced Vanilla Mocha Cinnamon Loca Frappucino Lattes with whipped cream and caramel syrup are not good for you.
While they may taste delicious, these drinks are calorie and sugar dense. Depending on the size of the beverage, you may be surprised how many grams of sugar and calories these contain. For example:
Dunkin Donuts Frozen Caramel Coffee Coolatta with Cream (Large): 990 CALORIES, 47g FAT, 141g CARBs, 130g SUGAR
Starbucks Iced Coffee Frappucino (Venti): 330 CALORIES, 69g SUGAR.
SO. MUCH. SUGAR.
SO. MANY. CALORIES.
A much better option is black coffee, with ice, and maybe some almond milk or coconut milk.
For more info on these blended drinks, check out the links below.
You can also check out the coffee shop's website (like Dunkin Donuts or Starbuck's) for your favorite iced coffee drink's nutritional facts. Seeing the nutritional facts is completely eye opening.
#1 SODA: REGULAR SODA AND DIET SODA.
Hands down, soda is the number one food I will not consume. Nobody wins here.
These artificial concoctions provide aboslutely no nutritional value, no hydration, and a plethora of additives and chemicals.
12 ounces of soda contains almost 40 grams of sugar.
The recommended daily LIMIT for sugar is 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men).
Diet soda may not have as many grams of sugar as regular soda, but it makes up for it with all of the chemicals (like aspartame) and sodium.
These additives only increase cravings, prevent weight loss, and also cause bloating and water retention.