Dietician Rebecca Gawthorne lists her top ‘unhealthy’ foods that are actually good for you
From white potatoes to tofu, frozen vegetables and even bread, dietitian dispels myths that certain foods are ‘bad for you’
- A Sydney dietitian has revealed which groceries are healthier than you think
- Rebecca Gawthorne, 33, Listed The Foods That 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 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 grocery items that many believe are unhealthy but are actually good for you.
Rebecca Gawthorne shared a “come shop with me” video with her 155,000 Instagram followers, listing the foods that are healthier than you think, including white potatoes, frozen vegetables and whole wheat bread.
‘These foods often have a negative reputation, but 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 when cooked and refrigerated, while frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh ones.
White potatoes are often thought of as one of the more unhealthy vegetables because of their high carbohydrate and starch content, but Rebecca said they are “filling and nutritious.”
“They are a healthy source of carbohydrates, other nutrients and a good source of prebiotics when cooked and refrigerated,” she wrote.
While there are some over-processed breads that aren’t very good for you, Rebecca said whole-wheat varieties have many nutritional benefits.
“Whole wheat bread is an excellent source of slow-burning carbohydrates, rich in nutrients and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion,” she explains.
The 33-year-old dietitian said frozen vegetables are a convenient alternative to fresh produce and that because they are frozen quickly, they contain almost the same amount of nutrients.
She said traditional dried fruit has no added sugars, as many believe, and that canned beans and lentils are “a very versatile source of plant-based protein, fiber and minerals.”
“Tofu is a great source of vegetable protein and doesn’t alter hormones like many claim,” Rebecca said.
“Also rich in calcium if you opt for those with calcium (look for calcium sulfate 516 on the ingredients).”
Traditional dried fruit, Rebecca says, has no added sugars and is a convenient alternative to nutrient-rich fresh fruit.
Rebecca said canned lentils and beans are a “very versatile source of plant-based protein, fiber and minerals,” and that frozen berries are a great substitute for fresh berries that are out of season or overpriced.
“They are rich in vitamins, fiber and other beneficial plant compounds,” she said.
Ultimately, 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, along with many other vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants,” she said.
Rebecca Gawthorne Shares the Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think
1. Frozen vegetables – a convenient alternative to fresh vegetables. Quick frozen so they keep almost the same, and in some cases like spinach, more nutrients than fresh vegetables
Foods That Are Healthier Than You Think
2. Tofu – great source of vegetable protein and does not alter the hormones as many claim. Also rich in calcium if you opt for those with calcium (look for calcium sulfate 516 on the ingredients).
3. Dried Fruit – Traditional dried fruit has no added sugars and is a convenient alternative to fresh fruit that is rich in many nutrients.
4. Whole Wheat Bread – is an excellent source of slow-burning carbohydrates, rich in nutrients and a good source of fiber for healthy digestion.
5. Canned Lentils – convenient and very versatile source of vegetable protein, fiber and many vitamins and minerals.
6. Frozen berries – excellent alternative to fresh berries, especially if they are not in 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 when cooked and refrigerated.
8. Fresh Fruit – Doesn’t contain too much sugar and 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 were grateful for the helpful nutritional advice.
‘Yes!! Potatoes, bread and fruit all. Thanks for clearing up incorrect nutritional information Rebecca!’ exclaimed a follower.
‘All these! Especially bread. Bread gets so much hatred. Makes me sad,” wrote another.
‘Yes, white potatoes are healthy. The hype that they aren’t kills me,” a third commented.
“Not many people realize how healthy some of these products actually are, especially frozen vegetables,” says another.