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Tempting Foods Nutritionists Question

By Sandy Schroeder

Imagine you are a trained food expert working your way along a loaded buffet table. What foods do you eat and what do you walk on by?

Real answers come on from New York Times author Kimberly Snyder, CN. Snyder says it bugs her when diet is oversimplified. Snyder suggests we go beyond the numbers and take a look at how foods are digested and used by the body.  

Picture the Buffet

Imagine a buffet with platters of salmon and shrimp, and all sorts of other dishes and foods that use agave nectar. Here are Snyder’s take on them.

Platters of salmon or shrimp - If it is farmed salmon or shrimp from overseas, chemicals and toxins are part of the food. Known as Atlantic salmon, farmed salmon contains dangerous PCB toxins, that can harm reproductive, immune and endocrine systems in the body.

Ninety percent of the shrimp in the U.S. comes from overseas sources that use chemicals banned in the U.S., generating risks for weight gain and an impaired nervous system. 

Foods sweetened with Agave nectar - Used as an inexpensive sweetener, agave nectar is similar to high-fructose corn syrup. Diets that include fructose have been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that can harm the heart or lead to cirrhosis. 

More Foods to Watch looks at diet soda, coconut ice cream and corn dogs.

Diet soda - Sharon Palmer, RDN, says, she cut out diet soda when she realized she did not need a daily dose of artificial ingredients. She decided water, tea and coffee would be better choices. 

Coconut milk ice cream - Jonathan Valdez, MBA, RDN, said coconut milk ice cream texture is not as good as real milk ice cream, and it usually has less protein.

Carnival corn dogs - Joy Bauer, MS, RD, health expert for the NBC Today Show, said corn syrup, fillers, nitrates, and excess fat in hotdogs that are rolled in a cornmeal batter and fried in oil pack a lot of risks into every bite. 

Overall, most of us enjoy going to a fair or carnival and having a corn dog or other treat once in awhile. This is just one of countless food choices that we make.  Allowing for a few breakouts here and there, but not making them daily choices, may be the way to protect health and enjoy life. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Caldwell, N.J.

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