Not all calories are created equal| and while we know the best ones can be found in fresh| whole foods like fruits| veggies| and lean proteins| when it comes to navigating the grocery store| it helps to know which foods we should definitely avoid. We asked a few nutritionists and dietitians to tell us which foods they believe are the worst for women to eat; read on for their picks.
- Dairy: It’s “the number one thing I tell my clients to stop eating|” says nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Besides being a common food allergy| Kim says dairy can leave acidic residue in the body| which can weaken bones. “Nature did not intend for humans to drink the milk of another species| and into adulthood at that! When we go against nature’s law| trouble always ensues.” Kimberly says she encourages clients to seek out the nutrition they would get from dairy| such as calcium| from plant foods instead.Refined carbs: Stay away from these ingredients| advises nutritionist Melissa Costello| author of the Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook. “They do nothing to feed us nutritionally or spiritually|” Melissa says. “They drain us of our life force| and women need to have their life force and their energy as they are such an important part of the day-to-day of life!”Foods with hidden sugars: It’s not just blatantly sweet processed foods you should avoid. Added sugar is everywhere| even in items you’d least expect| like refined bread products| gravies| and condiments. Try to avoid foods that may be hiding sugar| advises registered dietitian Erin Palinski| a spokesperson for ZICO Premium Coconut Water| because too much simple sugar in your diet can “elevate insulin levels| leading to increased storage of dangerous belly fat| elevated triglyceride levels| and even leptin resistance| which can increase the risk for obesity as well as certain cancers| specifically breast cancer.” Erin reminds us to read all nutrition labels| choose whole-grain bread| and choose drinks sweetened with natural sugars (like 100-percent fruit juice or coconut water) to help reduce the amount of sugar in our diets.Foods with artificial additives: These additives “are just pollution” to your body| says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass| so stick to whole foods instead. “When we eat real| whole foods| the nutrients they provide go to work| to either perform a function or become a structural part of your tissues| from your muscles and bone to skin| immune cells| etc.|” she says.
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