Full-fat milk or skimmed milk? Sugar or sweetener? Low fat or low carbs? Making healthy choices when it comes to our diet doesn’t get any easier with the constant flow of conflicting and often confusing messages we get every day. We asked a panel of top health and nutrition experts to set the record straight. What they told us may come as a surprise.
CANNED FOOD VS. FROZEN FOOD
“Usually I would suggest frozen food rather than canned, when fresh food is not an option. Canned food can contain heavy metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury. It is particularly dangerous when it comes to canned fish, tomatoes or other acidic foods that can enhance those heavy metals leaking in food,” says Michela Vagnini, Nutritionist at Nature’s Plus.
“Very often fresh food spends up to a few weeks with producers, wholesalers and retailers, until customers can buy it. That’s why frozen food can often be as good as fresh, if you are a savvy shopper – just make sure you chose organic products. If you are in a rush and need a quick fix for your dinner, steam or stir fry frozen vegetables to retain key nutrients.”
SKIMMED MILK VS. WHOLE MILK
“For years we have been told that whole milk is a less healthy choice than skimmed milk. Whole milk may contain more fat and therefore seem the unhealthy option. In fact, the fat can actually help us to absorb certain vitamins – such as vitamin A and vitamin D – that are found in (or added to) milk. These vitamins are fat-soluble, so if there are only very small levels of fat in what we are eating, they won’t be absorbed as well as they can be when consumed with higher-fat foods,” says Katy Mason, Nutritionist at NutriCentre.
Source: hello magazine