Is Fat-Free Always Good? - 3 Surprising Foods That Dietitians Avoid
What do registered dietitians avoid when they’re eating at home or out at a restaurant? The answer may surprise you. You already know they wouldn’t indulge in fast food or fried items, but their other avoidance foods are unusual. Consider these choices and talk to your own dietitian:
#1 - Fat-free salad dressings.
Health experts know that the fat-free salad dressings you can purchase in most stores are misleading.
Fat-free salad dressings tend to compensate for the removal of fat by adding more sugar and salt. They may also add other unhealthy ingredients like chemicals. Registered dietitians don’t want to eat emulsifying agents commonly found in this product. A healthy salad dressing made from home with vinegar, herbs, and healthy oil is a great option, or you can find a healthy store-bought kind by reading the nutritional facts label carefully.
#2 - Refortified grains.
These are grains that have been refined, but important nutrients are added back to refortify them. Registered dietitians don’t eat refortified grains and don’t recommend them.
Although they have nutrients added back, they are not as healthy as the real versions that are whole grains. It’s better to stick to whole products like unrefined wheat, rice, and corn. Companies often use synthetic versions of minerals and other nutrients to refortify grains, and your body may not absorb or utilize them as well as the natural versions.
#3 - Rice Cake
If you’ve been on a diet before, you’ve probably eaten rice cakes. Rice cakes tend to taste bland. Although there are some flavored versions on the market, people still complain about their blandness. Plus, they’re not as healthy as they seem.
Registered dietitians don’t often eat rice cakes. Rice cakes can spike your blood sugar levels and they have a detrimental, high glycemic index.
If your diet goal is to consume lower fat/calory, don’t just choose those “fat-free”. Instead, read the label carefully, choose those that might contain lower fat without too much sugar and salt. Have you tried out any kind of whole grains? You said you just don’t like brown rice, so you choose the refined one, but there are so many different kinds of whole grains, such as millet, quinoa, sorghum, farro and more! You would probably find one that you love it. The last but not least, check the GI number of your food, and you won’t choose rice cake.