A food that you should never eat

A food that you should never eat and how this ingredient is sometimes added to foods in a very sneaky way. This ingredient has no redeeming value.

Another great interview with Jamie McDermott.

Jamie McDermott is a Registered Dietitian and specializes in sports diets and eating disorders and she also teaches at UTC.   For more information about Jamie,   http://www.mcdermottnutrition.com/

Stan: Hi I am Stan Starsky author of the Healthy Snacks Cookbook; Peace Love and Snacks. And I am back with Jamie McDermott, who is a Registered Dietitian, specializing in sports, diets, and eating disorders. Jamie also teaches at UTC and Jamie takes on individual clients.

We had a great conversation and we’re going to pick it back up with another question…What food should you never eat then?

Jamie: Okay and this is something that I feel really strongly about. Really there’s a very, very very small group of foods that you should actually never eat. Most of the foods that people associate as bad, can be eaten in moderation. And that goes back to that first area that I had discussed briefly.

But really the things that we want to look out for right now are any foods with a type of fat called transfat. I’m not sure about if you’ve heard about transfat. Most people have, and it’s on the nutrition facts labels. But there’s some mixed messages that you can come across when people are looking at the nutrition facts label. Transfat is very detrimental to our body specifically the cardiac system. It is very, very prone to plaque build-up even in someone who’s healthy. And there’s other problems that transfat can cause; even problems with women and fertility. So they’re linking transfats to a lot of different problems.

So those are the type of foods that we really want to stay away from. You’re going to find them in a lot of foods that are fried and a lot of restaurants will post if they have transfats or if they have eliminated them from their menus. You’re going to find them in stick margarines.

(Interesting Point) The label can state zero grams of transfat even if the portion is 0.5 grams per servings. So if it’s 0.5 or less, they can actually write zero grams transfats. And that’s very confusing to their consumer.

The way that you can tell if a transfat is there is, when looking in the ingredients, you see the words partially hydrogenated something oil; it could be soy bean oil, it could be palm oil, it could be another type of oil, vegetable oil, but that’s our indicator that transfat is in the product. And we definitely want to avoid those. We don’t have transfats in our home and we are planning to keep it that way.

I picked up a tube of dinner rolls the other day at a store and believe it or not, they had transfats in them. It’s a very common item. This was just something that was kind of shocking to me. So they’re kind of lurking around still in some places; tortillas, some tortillas have them. So we just want to try to make sure we’re looking for those.

I try and not discourage any other type of food. Some people feel really strongly about not eating dairies. Some people feel really strongly about not eating soy…But I base my advice on journals, education and research and advice moderation…So it’s definitely not healthy to eat six servings of soy in a day. We want to definitely not do that. The same goes with dairy products.

We want to try to eat everything in moderation. So it’s really important… and the things that you think you might never eat like brownies, or cake or candy or cookies, if we never eat them say for three or four months, but when we do eat them, we’re going to over eat them. So really that’s not the solution either. We really want to try to be able to be around those foods and not feel that we’re going to overdo. And that takes a lot of learning and patience and time. But it can happen. So I try to teach people ways to be able to do that.

Stan: Interesting, interesting. Like when you mentioned before too that you just … if you completely cut that out, you may even crave it more which makes it even harder. So…

Jamie: Oh definitely. It makes it much harder. We can never eliminate any one food. Whenever I talk to a new client who is looking to lose weight, I always ask them their 10 favorite foods, and those are the first foods that we incorporate into their meal plan.

It seems really backwards but it totally works. And it’s really just all about learning hunger and fullness cues and responding to the body. You know, obviously build upon a foundation of healthy foods but not eliminating or following a very, very strict plan because that could just… isn’t a long term solution.

Stan: Yeah, no interesting. I also didn’t realize too that there could be transfat that could say zero grams and there still could be just some transfat in there. I didn’t realize at all.

Jamie: Oh certainly, certainly yes. The biggest culprits of that are the chub margarines that are out there. Right now the only chub margarine that I know of that doesn’t contain any is Smart Balance and that is made with zero hydgrogenated oils. But all the other brands, I’m not going to go ahead and say them, but we all know what they are, the brands that have the softer margarine that are, you know, easy to pick up and spread on your toast. So if you look at the nutrition information and the ingredients you will see partially hydrogenated – - some sort of vegetable oil, that means that, you know, if somebody had two tablespoons in a day, they’re getting one gram of transfat. And the National Associations have actually set the absolute maximum limit to two grams a day for most healthy individuals. And I prefer to keep it at zero.

Stan: Sure

Jamie: Personally, yes. So I guess it is something that we want to look out for.

Stan: So the thing to do then as you mentioned earlier is just to look at the label and see if there’s anything that says partially hydrogenated?

Jamie: That’s correct.

Stan: And avoid that.

Jamie: And most likely, you know, if you’re following a whole foods diet that…where there’s not a laundry list of the ingredients in your foods then you’re not going to have that problem.

I am okay with people using butter in moderation because it’s made from cream. There’s one ingredient sometimes salt that you need to look out for…it’s pretty much it. That to me is actually healthier than something that contains transfats.

Stan: Okay.

Jamie: So we really just want to try to focus on trying to follow as much of whole foods diet as possible, (and that doesn’t mean that you need to shop at health food store), it just means that we want to try to get back to making our foods. It might take a little bit more time in planning, but it’s certainly worth it from a health perspective.

Stan: Okay, good.

Jamie: Yeah.

Stan: That’s really good stuff. Very interesting.

Hey Jamie thanks again. This is Stan Starsky with Peace Love and Snacks wrapping it up with Jamie McDermott, Registered Dietitian specializing in sports, eating disorders. Jamie also teaches at UTC and takes on individual clients. And that concludes this interview. Thanks for listening everybody. Thank you.            

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