8 questions and myths in Nutrition appointments (cont.)

Look, look, two more myths demystified!

 

 

5. Are fresh vegetables better than frozen vegetables?

 

Nutritional differences between fresh, frozen and canned vegetables are minimal. My only advice here would be to look at the list of ingredients for frozen and canned foods and to make sure that we are only dealing with vegetables.

 

Nutritionists and other health professionals have been fighting for years for the population to increase their consumption of vegetables – every day! It is much more important to consume vegetables every day, in whatever state, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers, which help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. In addition they contribute to satiety (excellent for those who want to lose or control body weight).

 

 

6. Do we need to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day?

 

Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day has been used by many people for many years. However, if you are a healthy individual, the frequency of meals does not matter, as long as it meets your energy needs.

 

We are all different and if for some people it makes sense to use this strategy, for others it can only increase sudden desires or the so-called emotional hunger. There’s nothing like experimenting and actually discovering what works for us as individual and unique human beings.

 

So, if we are facing a pregnancy or health conditions, such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), here we can already benefit from eating more frequent meals.

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Pedroso Silva

 

Nutricionista registada na Ordem dos Nutricionistas (3836N)/ Registered nutritionist in Nutritionists Order (3836N)

 

Instagram: @isabelpedrososilva

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