White potatoes with tofu, frozen vegetables and even bread: a dietitian dispels the myths that certain foods are “unhealthy”
- A Sydney dietician has revealed which groceries are healthier than you think
- Rebecca Gawthorne, 33, listed the foods people think are ‘bad for you’ but aren’t
- She said white potatoes are filling, nutritious and a healthy source of carbohydrates
- The 33-year-old also said wholemeal bread was high in nutrients and fiber.
- Other healthy foods included tofu, canned lentils, dried fruits and canned beans
A leading Australian dietitian has revealed her favorite grocery store foods that many consider unhealthy but are actually good for you.
Rebecca Gawthorne shared a “Come shopping with me” video with her 155,000 Instagram followers and listed healthy but still frowned upon foods, including white potatoes, frozen vegetables and wholemeal bread.
“These foods tend to get a bad rap, but are actually very nutritious!” Sydney’s mum wrote in the caption.
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Sydney dietician Rebecca Gawthorne (pictured) has busted the myth that certain ‘bad’ foods including 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 cooled, while frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh.
White potatoes are often considered one of the most unhealthy vegetables due to their high carb and starch content, but Rebecca says they are “filling and nutritious”.
“They are a healthy source of carbohydrates, other nutrients, and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and cooled,” she wrote.
While there are overly processed breads that aren’t very good for you, Rebecca said whole grain varieties have many nutritional benefits.
“Wheat bread is an excellent source of slow-burning, nutrient-dense carbohydrates and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion,” she explained.
The 33-year-old dietitian said frozen vegetables are a convenient alternative to fresh produce and, being frozen, they retain almost the same amount of nutrients.
She said traditional dried fruit won’t have added sugar like many think and canned beans and lentils are “a very versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber and minerals”.
“Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein and doesn’t alter hormones like many claim,” Rebecca says.
“Also rich in calcium if you choose those that contain calcium (look for calcium sulfate 516 on the ingredients).”
According to Rebecca, traditional dried fruit has no added sugar and is a convenient alternative to nutrient-rich fresh fruit.
Rebecca said canned lentils and beans are a “very versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber and minerals” and frozen berries are a great substitute for fresh berries that are out of season or too expensive. .
“They’re high in vitamins, fiber and other beneficial plant compounds,” she said.
Finally, Rebecca busted the myth that fresh fruit can be high in sugar and said it has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight.
“It’s a good source of natural sugars as well as many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants,” she said.
Rebecca Gawthorne shares foods that are healthier than you think
1. Frozen vegetables – a convenient alternative to fresh vegetables. Snap frozen so they retain nearly the same, and in some cases like spinach, nutrients as fresh vegetables
Healthier Foods Than You Think
2. Tofu – great source of vegetable protein and does not alter hormones as many claim. Also rich in calcium if you choose those that contain calcium (look for calcium sulfate 516 on the ingredients).
3. Dried fruits – traditional dried fruits contain no added sugar and are a convenient alternative to nutrient-dense fresh fruits.
4. Wholemeal Bread – is an excellent source of slow-burning, nutrient-dense carbohydrates and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion.
5. Canned lentils – a convenient and very versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber and many vitamins and minerals.
6. Frozen berries – great alternative to fresh berries, especially when they are out of season or too expensive. Rich in vitamins, fiber and other beneficial plant compounds.
7. White potatoes – filling and nutritious. They are a healthy source of carbohydrates, other nutrients, and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and cooled.
8. Fresh fruit – low in sugar and helps maintain a healthy weight. Good source of natural sugars as well as many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Many Rebecca fans in the comments were grateful for the helpful nutritional advice.
‘Yes!! Potatoes, bread and fruit all the way. Thanks for clearing up the misinformation about nutrition, Rebecca!’ exclaimed a follower.
‘All these! Especially bread. Bread is so hated. 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 foods are, especially frozen vegetables,” said another.
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