11 “Healthy” Foods That Nutritionists Won’t Touch

By | March 19, 2019

Diet soda

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You may already know that diet soda contains artificial sweeteners, flavors, and coloring. But here’s something you may not have known: Consuming two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day have been linked to an increased stroke risk among postmenopausal women, Ansari says. “There is also some evidence to support a link between long-term diet beverage consumption and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as dementia, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.” Here are some more foods to never eat, according to nutritionists.

Juice-infused water

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Even though an occasional diet soda appears to be safe, I encourage my clients to stick to plain water, fruit-infused water, or unsweetened iced tea or iced coffee,” says Ansari. Another smart option: A splash of juice mixed with seltzer water. “Replacing diet soda with seltzer mixed with a no-sugar-added juice option such as Welch’s 100% Grape Juice serves up a bit of flavor, as well as vitamin C and antioxidants,” says Jim White, RDN.

Low-fat and low-calorie yogurts

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All yogurts are not created equal, cautions Rebecca Ditkoff, RD, CDN. “Some are a great source of protein, calcium, and probiotics with minimal added sugars, which make a great addition to any meal or snack. However, sweetened yogurts—some of which have up to 20 grams of sugar—are more or less a dessert.”

Kara Lydon, RD, LDN agrees with Ditkoff’s sentiments and adds that it’s important to be wary of low-fat, or “light” yogurts, too. “They’re missing the satiating component of dietary fat, and they are usually less than 100 calories per serving which is not substantial enough for a snack,” she explains.

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