From white potatoes to tofu, frozen vegetables and even bread: the dietitian dispels myths about certain foods that are “bad for you”
- A Sydney dietician has revealed which edibles are healthier than you think
- Rebecca Gawthorne, 33, listed foods that people think are “bad for your health” but aren’t.
- She said white potatoes are filling, nutritious and a healthy source of carbohydrates.
- The 33-year-old also said that whole wheat bread is rich in nutrients and fiber.
- Other healthy foods included tofu, canned lentils, dried fruit and canned beans.
A leading Australian dietitian has revealed her favorite edible foods that many believe to be unhealthy but are actually good for you.
Rebecca Gawthorne shared a “Come Shop With Me” video to her 155,000 Instagram followers and listed foods that are healthy but still get a bad rap, including white potatoes, frozen vegetables and whole wheat bread.
‘These foods tend to have a negative reputation, but they are actually very nutritious!’ Sydney’s mother wrote in the caption.
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Sydney dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne (pictured) has debunked the myth that certain ‘bad’ foods, such as bread, potatoes, dried fruit and tofu, are bad for you
The 33-year-old said white potatoes are a healthy source of carbohydrates, nutrients and prebiotics if cooked and chilled, while frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh.
White potatoes are often considered one of the unhealthiest vegetables because of their high carbohydrate and starch content, yet Rebecca said they are “satiating and nutritious.”
“They are a healthy source of carbohydrates, other nutrients, and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and chilled,” he wrote.
While there are some overprocessed breads that aren’t very good for you, Rebecca said that whole-grain varieties have plenty of nutritional benefits.
“Whole grain bread is an excellent source of nutrient-dense, slow-burning carbohydrates and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion,” he explained.
The 33-year-old dietitian said frozen vegetables are a convenient alternative to fresh produce and, by being flash frozen, retain almost as much nutrients.
He said that traditional dried fruit won’t have added sugar as many think and that canned beans and lentils are a “very versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber and minerals.”
“Tofu is a great source of plant protein and it’s not hormone disrupting like many claim,” Rebecca said.
‘Also rich in calcium if you choose calcium-fixed (look for Calcium Sulfate 516 in the ingredients).’
Traditional dried fruit, Rebecca says, has no added sugar and is a convenient alternative to fresh fruit that’s rich in nutrients.
Rebecca said that canned lentils and beans are a “very versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber and minerals” and that frozen berries are a great substitute for fresh berries that are out of season or too expensive.
“They are rich in vitamins, fiber and other beneficial plant compounds,” he said.
Finally, Rebecca busted the myth that fresh fruit can be high in sugar, saying that it has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight.
“It’s a good source of natural sugars along with many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants,” he said.
Rebecca Gawthorne shares foods that are healthier than you think
1. Frozen Vegetables – A convenient alternative to fresh vegetables. Quick frozen so they retain almost the same nutrients, and in some cases like spinach, as fresh vegetables.
Healthier foods than you think
2. Tofu – great source of vegetable protein and is not hormone disrupting as many claim. Also rich in calcium if you choose the ones that contain calcium (look for Calcium Sulfate 516 in the ingredients).
3. Nuts: Traditional nuts have no added sugar and are a convenient alternative to fresh fruit rich in many nutrients.
4. Whole Wheat Bread: It is an excellent source of slow-burning carbohydrates, rich in nutrients and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion.
5. Canned Lentils: A convenient and highly versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber, and many vitamins and minerals.
6. Frozen Berries: Great alternative to fresh berries, especially when they’re not in season or too expensive. Rich in vitamins, fiber and other beneficial plant compounds.
7. White potatoes: satiating and nutritious. They are a healthy source of carbohydrates, other nutrients, and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and chilled.
8. Fresh fruit: It doesn’t contain a lot of sugar and, in fact, has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight. Good source of natural sugars along with many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Many of Rebecca’s fans in the comments appreciated the helpful nutrition tips.
‘Yes!! Potatoes, bread and fruit all the way. Thanks for clearing up nutrition misinformation, Rebecca!’ one follower exclaimed.
‘All these! Especially bread. Bread gets so much hate. It makes me sad,” wrote another.
‘Yes, white potatoes are healthy. The hype that they are not kills me,” commented a third.
“Not many people realize how healthy some of these items actually are, especially frozen vegetables,” said another.