I'm a big Googler. Late at night, whilst tucked away in my pillows, you can find me reading about beans with the most protein, greens that have the most magnesium, and other whacky things my head thinks up in order to build myself the most balanced eating habits. I can't deny that I have definitely had a little help from my friends. I love researching about the properties of food and what different foods can do for us, so I decided to go see a nutitrionist to answer some of my most puzzling Q's. A friend recommended Middleberg Nutrition. I recommend it to you too if you are seeking some guidance while navigating your food journey.
Lucky for you, I asked Eliza Savage, a nutritionist at Middleberg Nutrition, some FAQ's I think are valuable to know without having to leave your seat. Thank me later;)
Why do people freak out over fruit sugar, is it really that bad? Fructose, a natural form of sugar found in fruits, has recently gotten a bad rap. I'm all for cutting out processed sugar- especially those found in candy, junk food, and added sugars (think bread, cereals, bars), but fruit is definitely okay to consume in moderate amounts.
Fruit contains large amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Because of the high natural sugar content, I would usually recommend 1-2 servings of fruit per day (1 serving = 1 apple or banana, or 1 cup of berries or cut fruit).
What are the best natural sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans? Beans, legumes, grains, nuts & seeds are all great sources of protein. I usually recommend 1 cup of quinoa, chickpeas, black beans, or a plant-based protein with each meal for vegans and vegetarians.
Are slimming and detox teas harmful? What's your take on this new trend? I would stay away from them, as you never really know what's in them. If you're looking for a detoxifying beverage, stick to hot water with lemon. Super simple, 100% natural, and really easy!
What is your opinion on the coffee culture. Do you think adding a cup to a balanced diet is helpful or harmful? Yes, I am a full believer in coffee -- I've taken a month or so off, but there is something so enjoyable about starting your day with a mug of steaming coffee. It's part of my routine! As long as you stick to 1 cup, it can be a great source of antioxidants, can help you to "get things moving" and feel energized. Just be sure to have a glass of water before, as it can be dehydrating!
Can you eat too much healthy fat? People are eating so many avocados these days! What is a helpful tip to keep in mind when adding healthy fats to your diet? Yes, absolutely. I'm an avo toast lover, but it's easy to go overboard on the very nutrient-dense healthy fats. Healthy fat is necessary in every diet as it promotes fullness, promotes absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and is essential for consumption -- especially those omega 3's in walnuts, oils and chia if you're not a big salmon eater! I would definitely include a healthy source at each meal, but if you're trying to lose weight, you will want to be more careful with portions. What are healthy fats you may ask? My favorites are nuts/seeds, olive, coconut or avocado oil, salad dressing (Primal Kitchen or Tessemae's are my go-to's), avocado (1/4-1/2 of a whole is 1 serving) or 1/4 cup guacamole, or 5-8 olives.