Wednesday, 20 July 2016

7 'Healthy' Foods Nutritionists Don't Approve Of

You may think you're making all the right decisions and grocery shopping like a healthy eating pro, but what you consider healthy and what nutritionists deem good may turn out to be two different things.

According to the New York Times, and Morning Consult, there's a significant discrepancy between foods nutritionists and Americans think are good for you. Below, check out the seven foods you may consider healthy but nutritionists wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole:

Granola bar
The biggest disrepancy between nutritionists and the public came in the form of the granola bar. The snack-sized treat got a 28 percent approval rating from experts while Americans gave it a 71 percent vote. That's a difference of a whopping 43 percent, placing it squarely on top of the "do not eat" list.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, which many of us consider to be a healthy cooking oil, gets a measly 37 percent approval from nutritionists. Americans, meanwhile, give it a 72 percent.

Frozen yogurt
Yogurt is healthy, so frozen yogurt should be too, right? Not so fast. A 34 percent difference in approval between the public and the nutritionists shows that there's a healthy discrepancy.

The added sugar count in store-bought granola is possibly the most striking reason for the difference in opinion, so instead, make your own homemade granola to avoid all of the sugary additives.

SlimFast shake
Just like granola, SlimFast shakes contain incredible amounts of added sugar, and will now be listed on the new nutrition labels.

Orange juice
While not the unhealthiest food on the list, 78 percent of Americans approve of the breakfast staple, but only 62 percent of nutritionists do.

American cheese
Filled with artificial colors, American cheese gets a 24 percent approval rating from nutritionists, and close to 40 percent of Americans favor the food.

Now for the good news!

While the disagreements between Americans and nutritionists were apparent, the following foods, from most to less favorite, got a seal of approval from the experts:

The citrus fruit has been hailed as one of the best foods that fights the cold and flu, so add it to your grocery list ASAP.

Reach for the doctor-lauded fruit, or use it in any of these apple-based recipes, for the antioxidant and fiber boost.

It's one of the best leafy greans you could eat, and loading up on spinach can even help improve your sight.

The little treats, which are great picks for keeping your cravings under control, are also powerful foods for your heart, so now might just be the time to show them some love.

Stick with free-range and organic eggs to get the most benefits, and make sure you're learning the truth about all those egg carton label claims.

Olive oil
A staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is your best bet for a simple DIY salad dressing that won't rack up the calories.

It's one of the trendiest vegetables on the market these days, and for good reason. The superfood is high in fiber and low in calories, so don't hold back come dinnertime.

It's a powerful cancer-fighting veggie, and research even shows that chopping and boiling your carrots will give them even more nutritious perks.

There are tons of healthy ways to eat oatmeal, so you won't run out of ideas anytime soon. And for good reason. The breakfast favorite is high in fiber and will work to keep your ticker healthy.

Eating an avocado a day can help lower cholesterol, and the highlight guacamole ingredient is one of the healthiest fats you can eat.

Spread it on your breakfast toast for a morning meal, or on your lunch sandwich for a healthy back-to-school or workday treat.

More: Top 10 Nutritious Items to Put in Your Grocery Cart

The gluten-free supergrain can be eaten for any meal of the day. Make a batch on Sunday, and add to granola, salads, burgers, and brownies throughout the week.

Eat them plain or turn them into nut butter. Just enjoy the protein, magnesium, and manganese benefits of cashews.

If you head to your local organic poultry farmer, you won't be exposed to the biggest chicken health hazards, but will be enjoying one of the best protein-loaded weight-loss-management foods around.

Follow the basic healthy turkey cooking tips and you'll bypass the bacteria that may be found in the popular Thanksgiving bird.

Cottage cheese
Eating cottage cheese is one of the best ways to crush cravings with breakfast, and the high-protein power snack will deliver appetite-suppressing benefits all day long.

Whole wheat bread
Sneak more whole grains in your diet by swapping whole grain bread into your sandwich and you'll get a nice dose of fiber, iron, and vitamin B.

Peanut butter
One of the top post-workout snacks, peanut butter will help you recover from your sweat session with ease.

Skim milk
Though full-fat milk might be a better bet, many nutritionists still favor the skim milk labels. The drink comes with plenty of bone benefits thanks to its high calcium count.

Canned tuna
Reach for the healthiest canned tunas to get the proper amount of omega-3s, which can help improve eye health and ease depression and anxiety.

Put together a tofu scramble, and enjoy the perks of tofu, which include protein, zinc, and iron.

Indulge in some corn-on-the-cob this summer as well as the digestive benefits that come from the popular vegetable.

Know how to slim down your sushi order to get the best parts of the popular dish, without packing in too many carb-heavy additives.

More: 5 Expert Tips for Eating More Veggies at Every Meal

You're reading this correctly. Wine made the list, thanks to its many benefits. From cancer prevention to improved immunity, your nightly glass of pinot is doing your body some major good.

Baked potato
It's one of the most powerful happiness-boosting foods, so add the baked potato to your dinner menu tonight and instantly become more cheerful. 

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