Is eating refined grains, white potatoes, and iceberg lettuce better than nothing?
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Let’s say you get a typical dinner roll when you’re out to eat. Should you eat it? Look, it’s free, and has 8 essential nutrients, is it better than nothing? No. it’s not nutritionally worth it, and I’ll show you why in a second.
We should strive to eat whole foods. There’s really only one common whole food that isn’t worth it, and I’ll give you a hint: It’s either iceberg lettuce or white potatoes. Do you think Iceberg lettuce is better for nothing? Or is it the potatoes that are worth eating?
Iceberg lettuce is one of the least nutritious vegetables, so if you have a choice, always choose a healthier salad green, but it is still… better than nothing. I recommend you pass on the potatoes.
This year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating nonfried white potatoes was associated with a 50% increased risk of kidney cancer. Same with eating white bread, 50% increased risk of cancer—that’s why the dinner roll isn’t worth it. To put it into context, though, meat in this study was associated with a 400% increased risk, so best to skip the meat and potatoes and the dinner roll. Which food food cut the risk in half??? Dark green leafy vegetables.
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For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome