From white potatoes to tofu, frozen vegetables and even bread: the dietitian dispels myths that some foods are ‘bad for health’
- Sydney nutritionist revealed healthier groceries than you think
- Rebecca Gawthorne, 33, listed foods people think are ‘bad for you’ but aren’t
- White potatoes are filling, nutritious and a healthy source of carbohydrates
- The 33-year-old also said that whole-grain bread is rich in nutrients and fiber
- Other healthy foods include tofu, canned lentils, dried fruits, and canned beans
A leading Australian nutritionist has revealed her favorite groceries that many think are unhealthy but are actually good for you.
Rebecca Gawthorne shared a “Come Shop With Me” video with her 155,000 followers on Instagram and listed healthy but still notorious foods including white potatoes, frozen vegetables, and whole-grain bread.
“These foods tend to have a negative reputation but are actually very nutritious!” Sydney’s mom wrote in the caption.
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Sydney nutritionist Rebecca Gawthorne (pictured) has busted the myth that some “bad” foods including bread, potatoes, dried fruit and tofu are bad for health
The 33-year-old said white potatoes are a healthy source of carbs, nutrients and prebiotics if cooked and refrigerated while frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh.
White potatoes are often viewed as one of the most unhealthy vegetables because they are high in carbohydrates and starch, but Rebecca said they are “satiating and nutritious.”
“They are a healthy source of carbohydrates and other nutrients and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and refrigerated,” she wrote.
While there are some over-processed types of bread that aren’t very good for you, Rebecca said whole-grain varieties have many nutritional benefits.
“Whole grain bread is an excellent source of slow-burning carbohydrates, rich in nutrients and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion,” she explained.
The 33-year-old dietitian said that frozen vegetables are a convenient alternative to fresh produce, since, being quickly frozen, they retain approximately the same amount of nutrients.
She said conventional dried fruits would not contain added sugar as many believed and that canned beans and lentils were “a very versatile source of plant-based protein, fiber and minerals.”
“Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein and does not alter hormones as many claim,” Rebecca said.
“Also rich in calcium if you choose a kit that contains calcium (look for calcium sulfate 516 on ingredients).”
Rebecca says that traditional dried fruits have no added sugar and are a convenient alternative to fresh fruit that is rich in nutrients.
Rebecca said canned lentils and beans are a “versatile source of plant-based protein, fiber, and minerals” and that frozen berries are a great alternative to fresh berries that are not seasoned or expensive.
“They are rich in vitamins, fiber, and other beneficial plant compounds,” she said.
Finally, Rebecca shattered the myth that fresh fruit can be high in sugar and said it has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight.
“It’s a good source of natural sugars along with many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants,” she said.
Rebecca Gawthorne shares more healthy foods than you think
1. Frozen vegetables – a convenient alternative to fresh vegetables. Pick up frozen so they keep almost the same, and in some cases like spinach, they are more nutritious than fresh vegetables
Healthier foods than you think
2. Tofu – a great source of plant-based proteins and does not alter hormones as many claim. Rich in calcium too if you opt for the calcium group (look for calcium sulfate 516 on ingredients).
3. Dried Fruits – Conventional dried fruits contain no added sugar and are a suitable alternative to fresh fruits that are rich in many nutrients.
4. Whole grain bread – an excellent source of slow-burning carbohydrates, rich in nutrients and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion.
5. Canned lentils – a convenient and versatile source of plant protein, fiber, and many vitamins and minerals.
6. Frozen berries – An excellent alternative to fresh berries, especially when they are not in season or too expensive. Rich in vitamins, fiber and other beneficial plant compounds.
7. White potatoes – filling and nutritious. They are a healthy source of carbohydrates and other nutrients and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and refrigerated.
8. Fresh fruit – it does not contain a lot of sugar and has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight. A good source of natural sugars along with many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Many of Rebecca’s fans in the comments were grateful for the helpful nutrition advice.
‘yes!! Potatoes, bread and fruit nights on the road. Thanks for pointing out the nutrition misinformation Rebecca! shouted one of the followers.
‘all of these! Especially bread. Bread gets a lot of hate. Another wrote: It makes me sad.
“Yes, white potatoes are healthy. A third commented.
Another said, “A lot of people don’t realize how healthy some of these items actually are — especially frozen vegetables.”
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