Dietician Rebecca Gawthorne lists her top ‘unhealthy’ foods that are actually good for you

From white potatoes to tofu, frozen vegetables and even bread: Dietitian dispels myths about certain foods being ‘bad for you’

  • A Sydney dietician has revealed which groceries are healthier than you think
  • Rebecca Gawthorne, 33, listed the foods people think are ‘bad for you’ but aren’t
  • She said white potatoes are filling, nutritious  and a healthy source of carbs
  • The 33-year-old also said wholegrain bread is rich in nutrients and fibre 
  • Other healthy foods included tofu, canned lentils, dried fruit, and canned beans

A leading Australian dietician has revealed her favourite grocery foods that many believe are unhealthy but are actually good for you. 

Rebecca Gawthorne shared a ‘come shop with me’ video with her 155,000 Instagram followers and listed the foods that are healthy but still get a bad rap including white potatoes, frozen vegetables and wholegrain bread. 

‘These foods tend to have a negative reputation but are actually very nutritious!’ The Sydney mum wrote in the caption.   

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Sydney dietician, Rebecca Gawthorne (pictured) has busted the myth that certain ‘bad’ foods including bread, potatoes, dried fruit and tofu are bad for you

White potatoes are often thought of as one of the more unhealthy vegetables for their high carbohydrate and starch content however Rebecca said they're 'filling and nutritious'

The 33-year-old dietician said frozen vegetables are a convenient alternative to fresh produce and, being snap frozen, they retain nearly the same amount of nutrients.

The 33-year-old said white potatoes are a healthy source of carbs, nutrients and prebiotics if cooked and cooled while frozen vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh

White potatoes are often thought of as one of the more unhealthy vegetables for their high carbohydrate and starch content however Rebecca said they’re ‘filling and nutritious’. 

‘They are a healthy source of carbs, other nutrients and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and cooled,’ she wrote. 

While there are some over-processed breads that aren’t very good for you, Rebecca said wholegrain varieties have many nutritional benefits. 

‘Wholegrain bread is an excellent source of slow burning carbs, rich in nutrients and a good source of fibre for healthy digestion,’ she explained.

The 33-year-old dietician said frozen vegetables are a convenient alternative to fresh produce and, being snap frozen, they retain nearly the same amount of nutrients. 

Traditional dried fruit, Rebecca says, does not have added sugar and is a convenient alternative to fresh fruit that's rich in nutrients

Rebecca said canned lentils and beans are a 'very versatile source of plant protein, fibre and minerals'

She said traditional dried fruit will have no added sugar like many think and that canned beans and lentils are ‘very versatile source of plant protein, fibre and minerals’

‘Tofu is a great source of plant protein and doesn’t alter hormones like many claim,’ Rebecca said.

‘Also rich in calcium if you choose the ones set with calcium (look for calcium sulphate 516 on the ingredients).’

Traditional dried fruit, Rebecca says, does not have added sugar and is a convenient alternative to fresh fruit that’s rich in nutrients. 

Rebecca said canned lentils and beans are a ‘very versatile source of plant protein, fibre and minerals’ and frozen berries are a great substitute for fresh berries that aren’t in season or are too expensive. 

‘They’re rich in vitamins, fibre and other beneficial plant compounds,’ she said. 

Finally Rebecca busted the myth that fresh fruit can be high in sugar and said it has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight. 

‘It’s a good source of natural sugars along with many other vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants,’ she said. 

Rebecca Gawthorne shares the foods that are healthier than you think 

1. Frozen veg – a convenient alternative to fresh veg. Snap frozen so they retain the nearly the same, and in some cases like spinach, nutrients than fresh veg

Foods that are healthier than you think

Foods that are healthier than you think

2. Tofu – great source of plant protein and doesn’t alter hormones like many claim. Also rich in calcium if you choose the ones set with calcium (look for calcium sulphate 516 on the ingredients).

3. Dried fruit – traditional dried fruit does not have added sugar and is a convenient alternative to fresh fruit rich in many nutrients.

4. Wholegrain bread – is an excellent source of slow burning carbs, rich in nutrients and a good source of fibre for healthy digestion.

5. Canned lentils – convenient and very versatile source of plant protein, fibre and many vitamins and minerals.

6. Frozen berries – excellent alternative to fresh berries, especially when not in season or too expensive. Rich in vitamins, fibre and other beneficial plant compounds.

7. White potatoes – filling and nutritious. They are a healthy source of carbs, other nutrients and a good source of prebiotics if cooked and cooled.

8. Fresh fruit – doesn’t contain too much sugar and actually shown to help maintain a healthy weight. Good source of natural sugars along with many other vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.

Many of Rebecca’s fans in the comments were thankful for the helpful nutrition advice.

‘Yes!! Potatoes, bread & fruit alllll the way. Thanks for clearing up nutrition misinformation Rebecca!’ one follower exclaimed. 

‘All of these! Especially bread. Bread gets so much hate. Makes me sad,’ another wrote. 

‘Yes white potatoes are healthy. The hype that they aren’t kills me,’ commented a third.

‘Not many people realise how healthy some of these items actually are – especially frozen veg,’ said another. 

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