Experts won't touch these 49 foods
Want to know what the experts avoid? Here’s the list of foods, processed goods, ingredients and chemicals that nutritionists won’t put on their plates – so you shouldn’t either.
1. Artificial sweeteners
A large iced coffee with skim milk and two Splendas, please?
Think again – and hold the sweet stuff.
“I do not think there is sufficient evidence to prove that most artificial sweeteners are safe for consumers, so I prefer to stay away from them and indulge in the real thing [sugar] occasionally and mindfully,” registered dietitian and nutritionist, Chelsey Amer says.
Plus, there’s a plethora of research that shows how consuming diet beverages may counter-intuitively lead to weight gain, which can increase your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”
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2. Microwave popcorn
Love to curl up in front of The Voice with some vino and a buttery bag of popcorn? Resist.
“I once ripped open an unpopped microwave popcorn bag and I haven’t eaten it since! There are too many artificial chemicals used in the flavorings inside the microwavable bag and I prefer to avoid overly processed products like this as much as possible,” Amer explains.
But if you’re pop-crazy and can’t stop, she suggests making your own with popcorn kernels, a brown paper bag and olive oil with a touch of salt.
We already know better than to nuke plastic – or heaven forbid, aluminium foil – but certain foods can become downright toxic when blasted in the microwave.