Are you interested in maintaining good health? Of course you are. And you probably spend some time thinking about what you should eat and what you shouldn’t. Many of you may also be consulting a dietician or a nutritionist seeking their advice on what should and should not form a part of your diet.
So, have you wondered what the diet-chart of a nutritionist may possibly look like? Keep reading to find out some of the food items that a nutritionist ensures that he never eats, and why you shouldn’t either.
Rice cakes: Considered as one of the ultimate ‘diet-food’ in the late 1980s and 1990s, don’t let yourself get fooled by this dish. Rice cakes have a glycemic index of 91 and can make your blood sugar go sky-high. They are bad for weight loss and your overall health.
Fat-free salad dressing: Most salad dressings are supposed to be the perfect combination of vinegar that helps control blood pressure, and plant oils that are rich with essential fatty acids. However, a fear of dietary fats has forced many food companies to alter what seemed to have been a perfect blend. The fat-free salad dressing that has resulted from this contains sugar, high fructose corn syrup, emulsifying agents and other ingredients used to make unnatural products seem more natural. It would be much beneficial for your body if you start preparing your own healthy salad dressings. Just go online and look for simple instructions to prepare your own dressing.
Seitan: A common meat substitute, but unlike most other substitutes, seitan is made entirely of wheat gluten. Wheat gluten is a highly allergic protein that is found naturally only in small amounts in wheat-based products. There have been suggestions that eating a lot of this protein can lead to the development to gluten allergy or intolerance.
Shark: Eating fish is usually a healthy option since it provides you with omega-3-fatty acids which have incredible health benefits. Shark however is an exception. Despite its omega-3-fats content being similar to that of tuna, shark contains almost thrice the amount of mercury. Tilefish is another fish that has a high mercury content. Salmon is the best and healthiest choice you can make when it comes to fish.
Refined grains: These are grain-based products which have been refined resulting in the loss of the naturally occurring fibre, vitamins and minerals. Companies then replace this fibre, vitamins and minerals with the synthetic versions. Some companies also go as far as replacing these nutrients in the original ratio so that they can still claim that the product contains ‘whole grains’. It is much healthier to just go for the real stuff instead of the refined and re-fortified products.
Sweetened beverages: Probably the worst thing on this list. The calories that you gain from these beverages show themselves around your waistline. In addition they also reduce your HDL (good cholesterol) levels and increase your triglyceride levels, both contributing to the risk of developing cardiac complications. They also disturb your body’s inflammatory balance, increase the risk of developing chronic diseases and make it difficult to recover from a workout. Water is always the best drink you can have, under any condition.
Grits: Grits are small leftover pieces from corn processing. On their own, they lack and significant amounts of vitamins or minerals. They contain small amounts of fiber and no essential fats. They do not have an appealing flavor, which is why butter or some heavy cream is added to make them palatable, thus bringing together simple carbohydrates and saturated fat which can be extremely dangerous for your blood vessels.
Talk to a dietician today to know more about how you can add years to your life by just following a simple and healthy diet plan.
Call +91 99201 55000 or visit www.asianheartinstitute.org to know more about the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation centre at AHI and speak to one of our dieticians.
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