Last weekend, Good Morning America did a segment titled “What To Eat When.” For it, they booked Kimberly Snyder, a self-proclaimed nutrition expert who, in this particular instance, spouted off a variety of inaccurate facts and misleading information.
Even more disturbingly, several magazines have recently turned to Miss Snyder for nutrition tips. SOS!!
Watch the video (linked above) first, and then read my detailed response below.
Protein bars are unhealthy because they contain soy protein isolate, a heavily processed ingredient than can impair thyroid function.
Yes, soy protein isolate is processed, but the main reason to limit protein bar consumption is because they are high in added sugars, generally low in fiber, and do not offer the same amount of nutrition real foods do. While soy can exacerbate already-existing thyroid problems, it does not cause them.
100% fruit snacks are not the best choice for children because they are too dense.
I agree that 100% fruit snacks are not as healthy as they sound (they are basically pure sugar), but what on Earth does her critique of “it’s too much density” mean? The problem isn’t that fruit snacks are calorically dense, it’s that they offer very little nutrition.
“Peanut butter has a lot of sugar.”
WRONG. You can find plenty of peanut butter brands that do not add sugar. Additionally, even the ones that do add sugar do not add a lot (two grams, or half a teaspoon, per serving is the average).
Almonds are better than peanuts because they have vitamin E and protein.
Absolutely misleading. Peanuts have just as much protein and vitamin E. Besides, both almonds and peanuts contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and plenty of mineral and phytonutrients.
Artificial sweeteners score high on the glycemic index.
Wow. Absolutely incorrect.
Besides, if this ‘expert’ is so worried about the glycemic index of foods, why does she then recommend watermelon, which has a very high glycemic index?
“An acidic body tends to hold on to more weight.”
Oh, no — not that school of thought!
No fruit after dinner — it sits in your stomach on top of what you ate and bloats you.
Pardon me while I repeatedly smack my head on my desk. This is absolutely false. The human digestive system can handle a piece of fruit at any time of day.
Good Morning America producers, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!