Want to eat healthier next year? Here’s what registered dietitians would like to see us eat less of in 2018.
- Diet soda - The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas may be linked to reduced sensitivity to sweets and could lead to more cravings for them.
- Artificially-colored foods - Some of the beautiful, colorful foods that went viral this year have artificial colors in them, like FD&C Yellow Number five which can trigger itching and hives in some people, according to the FDA. Colorful food is healthy, but it needs to be naturally colored.
- Veggie chips - Registered dietitian Keri Glassman warns that a lot of these veggie snacks we think are healthier than potato chips still contain potatoes, so they’re not that much better for us.
- Acai Bowls - Acai berries are full of antioxidants, but the bowls are usually made with sweeteners like agave and honey and topped with granola, so the bowls have too much sugar and not enough healthy fats and protein to keep you full for long.
- "Light” ice creams - Frozen desserts made with less sugar and more protein can also have artificial sweeteners like erythritol [[IRR-rith-ri-tol]], which can leave you bloated because they’re harder to fully digest.
- Protein-enhanced foods - Adding protein to foods like pancake mixes and cereal doesn’t make them healthier, Glassman explains.
- Seasonal coffee drinks - We love our limited-edition lattes, but they’re loaded with sugary syrups and they can contribute to an energy crash later.
- Pressed juices - When you juice the fruits and veggies, you’re taking a lot of the necessary dietary fiber, so eating the produce whole instead of drinking it is more filling and satisfying.
- Cauliflower pizza crust - They can be made with added ingredients like mozzarella cheese or different kinds of flour, so unless you can’t eat gluten or just really like the taste, there’s not much reason to swap a regular pizza crust for this one.