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Nutritionist names harmful and useless foods

Nutritionist names harmful and useless foods Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Nutritionist Yurii Popko has revealed which vegetables should be consumed less often as they may not be very beneficial, citing an expert's post on Facebook.

Vegetables that are not very beneficial

Potatoes

According to the nutritionist, potatoes are primarily starch, which is a fast carbohydrate that rapidly raises blood sugar levels.

Starch content comprises 80%, with minimal amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

"If you like fried or mashed potatoes, you're only exacerbating the situation, adding unnecessary Omega 6 fats. Moreover, if you eat out, the oil used is often not changed for days, meaning you're consuming carcinogens from burnt oil," said Yurii.

For maximum benefit from potatoes, boil or bake them in their skins and consume them cooled. This way, you get potassium and fiber from the skin, and it becomes a complex carbohydrate when cooled.

Corn

It's a genetically modified crop (a cereal), unless you grow it yourself.

Regarding canned corn, sugar is often added, but it contains a lot of sugar itself, too. Compared to other legumes, it's not the best in terms of vitamin and micronutrient content.

The nutritionist advises opting for lentils, chickpeas, green peas, or ordinary peas instead of corn.

Cornmeal is just corn, but finely ground, which only increases the glycemic index and worsens the situation.

Bell pepper, eggplant, and tomatoes

The drawback of these vegetables is that they contain lectins and saponins in the skin and seeds. If you have autoimmune diseases, problems with the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, or duodenitis, it's better to exclude them from the diet.

"Another recommendation, if your body reacts poorly to these three vegetables, especially bell peppers and tomatoes, it's better to consume them cooked rather than raw and peel them. An interesting fact, bell peppers contain more vitamin C than lemons and oranges. If you have psoriasis, these three vegetables are also recommended to be excluded from the diet," noted Popko.