the 3 foods nutritionists will never eat

June 19 2017 by Jess

Have you ever wondered what foods a nutritionist steers clear of? We asked our in-house nutritionist Jess to share her top foods to avoid and why. What do you think?

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store bought breakfast cereals

Store bought cereals are often packed with salt, sugar and preservatives. Plus there’s usually not much nutrition to gain from them so cereals are a no-no for nutritionists. Our nutritionist Jess suggests getting back to the basics for breakfast by opting for more whole foods and less processed breakfast options to fuel your day.

Cereals take up a significant proportion of dietary energy yet don’t give much back nutritionally, particularly from a micronutrient (aka. vitamins and minerals) perspective. Instead swap these out for chia pudding, quinoa porridge or a homemade granola which has lots of nuts, seeds, coconut, whole oats and cinnamon. This way you can control the amount of added sugar while still feeling the full.

read: homemade pumpkin spice granola recipe
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processed meat

You might have spotted a trend with these recommendations but Jess’ first rule of thumb is to ditch the processed stuff! When it comes to meat, she recommends considering where your meat is coming from and what this means for you.

Processed meat often comes from places with horrible living conditions -- they are often crowded and full of disease which means they often use antibiotics and growth hormones. Processed meats can also be packed with sodium nitrate, chemicals, dyes and flavours - not what you want going into your body! Instead I always choose grass-fed, organic meat from animals that have been ethically raised whenever I can.

read: 5 reasons to try meatless monday
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table salt

Table salt is highly refined which means it has very little nutritional value left. We also have a tendency to over use salt when cooking which can lead to hypertension so try to season with other herbs and spices as much as possible. When you do need a touch of salt I recommend trying Himalayan pink crystal salt for seasoning and baking!

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to her website at for even more.

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