Healthy eating is one of the major topics being discussed in our contemporary societies because of the current increasing rates of diseases associated with unhealthy consumption of food. Among the many lists of food items promoted as being salubrious, you will also find some that are only apparently beneficial. Nutritionists will often have to debunk certain ‘theories’, or myths, or claims, pertaining to this.
Below is a list of food that might seem healthy, but which are warned against by experts.
Ice cream with no added sugar
Added sugar is generally considered to be a slow poison, and this is not false. However, this does not mean that foods described as being sugar-free are necessarily good. A nutritionist from New York City, Maggie Michalczyk, explains that she stays away from no-sugar-added ice creams, and even light ones. This is because, instead of sugar, these ice creams will often contain artificial sweeteners to compensate for the taste, and might even generate a laxative effect, according to Maggie. She recommends for people to “go for the real thing”, that is, your regular ice cream with the added sugar, because this will cause them to be more satisfied with little.
Powdered peanut butter is also on the list of ‘healthy foods’-not-to-be-eaten of nutrition pros. For instance, Christy Harrison, a certified intuitive eating counselor, explains that while it has a relatively smaller amount of calories and less fat, the real peanut butter has healthy fats. Christy believes this is more satisfying, and so she only buys “the real stuff”.
Also, the majority of commercially-available salad dressings are not salubrious because they contain oils that have been processed, added sugar, and even fructose corn syrup, says Megan Roosevelt, the founder of the YouTube series The Healthy Grocery Girl Cooking Show. Instead, she says that she makes her own salad dressing which consists of 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of real maple syrup, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Whole-wheat bread might also not be the ideal food if you want to maintain healthy eating habits. According to Mark Sherwood, one of the founders of Functional Medical Institute in Tulsa and also the co-author of The Quest for Wellness, whole-wheat bread has a high glycemic index (69) that can lead to extreme increases in the blood sugar levels.