The nutritionists say there are foods that you should avoid altogether and NEVER eat. We at New Hope Unlimited stress to our patients that these foods are not on a good cancer diet.
- Artificial sweeteners: These are ok in small doses but when you have too many artificial sweeteners they can reset your taste buds to crave sugary foods. Then, as a result, you just end up eating more junk. If you limit your artificial sweeteners, you may find that you have more energy and don’t have all those cravings for more sugary foods.
- Margarine: Margarine is NOT the healthy alternative to butter because it has loads of trans fats that will increase your cholesterol. This food contains a lot of ingredients where butter has only one or two. Butter and margarine have a similar calorie count but we tend to eat more of it because we think it’s healthier. Stick with small doses of butter or use heart-healthy olive oil.
- Soy Protein Isolate: The isolate in soy resembles estrogen, which some research has shown can increase the risk of cancers as well as infertility in women. Vegetarians should opt for veggie burgers with quinoa, chickpeas or black beans as a base, and eat protein bars that are based on nuts and seeds. Go for beans, nuts, seeds, nut butters and natural sources of soy like edamame, tofu and tempeh as a substitute for meats.
- Diet Foods: Diet or low-fat diets don’t mean low-calorie. More sugar, salt and unhealthy fillers to make them taste okay is usually contained in diet bars and low-fat foods like yogurt. And then of course, we usually eat double the amount because we’re not satisfied or believe it’s ok to consume more just because they say it’s “healthy”.
- Processed Frozen Meals: Even though these foods are convenient, they are often heavily processed and filled with fat and salt. You would be better off to make a tasty soup or stew and freeze the servings. You can also freeze your fruits and veggies as long as you look for options without added sauces or salt.
By trying to void these foods and use the healthy alternatives, you can make your life a lot healthier. I prefer the good old butter anyway, but I just have to curb the amount I choose to use. The taste is certainly better! Just remember, those quick frozen processed meals you choose to fix after a day at work, is NOT the best choice for you or your family.
–Dr Fredda Branyon