Let's look at another common "helpful" suggestion... "Don't eat it if you cannot pronounce it..."
Alright, this seems harmless right? Surely its good advice, right? Let's look at something Jade Teta from Metabolic Effect pointed out in a recent blog post...Here's an example on how this can be not so helpful...
Protein, Monosaccharides, disaccharides, sugar alcohols, natural flavors, vitamin C, dietary fiber, diindolylmethane, selenium, vitamin C 3'-Diindolylmethane, glucoraphanin, indole-3-carbinol, carotenoids, lutein, beta-carotene
Natural protein, monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, isomaltooligosaccharides, medium chain triglycerides, cellulase, lipase, protease, pyridoxine, pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin and minerals, natural flavors, lactobacillus acidophilus, cinnamon and other natural herbs, sweet leaf.
Can you tell which of these foods comes from a package?
Food One is Broccoli, and Food Two is Protein Powder.
Starches and sugar= monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharide (these are just different names for naturally occurring starch)
Fibers= helical amylose, cellulose, amylopectin
Phytonutrients= glucosinolates, glucoraphanin
Protein= naturally occurring protein is present in broccoli.
Sugar alcohols= yes brocooli has trace amounts of things like xylitol and sorbitol in it
Natural flavors and salt= broccoli contains naturally occurring flavors that give it its distinct bitter flavor.
The Protein Powder:
Natural enzymes= lipase, cellulose, protease (these are enzymes that help you digest the protein in the product. When you eat broccoli you release many of these from your own pancreas)
Starches and sugar= monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharide, isomaltooligosaccharides, maltodextrin (these are just different names for starch. They are not manmade chemicals that will kill you)
Vitamins= pyridoxine is vitamin B6, Pantothenate is B5, thiamine is B1, riboflavin B2,
Natural protein= whey protein from milk.
Probiotic= lactobacillus acidophilus (a natural probiotic found in yogurt)
Sweet leaf= stevia (a natural sweetener from the leaf of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana)"
Ok so......broccoli is off the table because I cannot pronounce it's ingredients? That seems silly right?
I'm not trying to be difficult but do you see how making blanket statements about nutrition can be unhelpful and downright confusing?
Sheena Temple has been a certified personal trainer for over four years and is the owner of High Desert Fitness. It's her vision to provide a comfortable environment for clients to train and improve their overall health and wellness.