A leading nutritionist has revealed the shocking truth about the popular coconut yogurt trend – and why it’s not as healthy as people think.
Fiona Tuck from Sydney warned against succumbing to the coconut yoghurt hype. She claimed that it is actually the least healthy alternative to Greek yogurt when it comes to certain skin conditions like acne.
“Coconut yogurt is high in saturated fat and often contains added starch and sugars,” she said in an Instagram reel.
Fiona added: “Also, it doesn’t contain the same nutrients as Greek yogurt, which has a lot of calcium and a much higher protein content. Just because it says yogurt on the label doesn’t mean it has the same nutrients as regular yogurt.
Fiona also busted widely held myths about Greek yogurt.
“Contrary to popular belief, Greek yogurt does not cause inflammation in the body or cause acne,” she said.
“So rather than labeling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, lay the groundwork for your diet and then you can enjoy a little of what you crave.”
Many took to the comments to ask Fiona about other common misconceptions.
“I thought all dairy products were inflammatory and should be avoided,” one woman said. ” Is not it true ?
Fiona replied, “There’s so much misinformation out there!” Ultimately, it comes down to the diet as a whole. A Mediterranean-style anti-inflammatory diet has been shown to be effective and includes low to moderate amounts of dairy products.
A leading nutritionist has revealed the shocking truth about the popular coconut yogurt trend and why it’s not as healthy as people think
She added: “It’s the ultra-processed foods low in fiber, nutrients and high in sugar and saturated fat that are pro-inflammatory when consumed largely in the diet.”
But others thanked the nutritionist for her valuable advice.
“Thanks for that – I had fallen for the hype,” said one woman.
‘Very good advice, I’ve always been wary of coconut yoghurt.’
A third added: ‘Can’t believe I thought this was a healthier alternative.
Fiona also recently shared the top five plant-based foods to include in your diet each week to stay healthy all year round.
“We know that different foods contain different prebiotics and phytonutrients, hence the importance of diversity,” Fiona told FEMAIL.
The nutritionist revealed that consuming a wide range of vegetables, legumes and whole grains is important to ensure the body receives essential vitamins, nutrients and fibre.
Sydney nutritionist Fiona Tuck (pictured) said it was important to eat a wide range of vegetables, pulses and whole grains to ensure the body received essential vitamins and nutrients
Fiona’s Choice – Broccoli
First, Fiona mentioned that it’s essential to incorporate “cruciferous vegetables” into your diet – foods from the cabbage family.
These plant-based foods can include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, which are a good source of nutrients and fiber.
“Cruciferous vegetables provide a superfood plant compound called sulforaphane, which has been shown to have an array of important health-protecting benefits,” Fiona says.
These foods also contain high sources of vitamins A and C to help reduce the risk of inflammation and prevent disease.
His favorite cruciferous vegetable was the humble broccoli, as it’s high in fiber, low in calories, and rich in vitamins C and K.
“Broccoli contains minerals like choline which helps with blood sugar levels, it’s also anti-inflammatory, supports liver health and detoxification, and may even help protect against certain cancers,” Fiona said.
First, Fiona mentioned that it’s essential to incorporate cruciferous vegetables into your diet – plants from the cabbage family. These plant-based foods can include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, which are a good source of nutrients and fiber.
Fiona’s Five Pantry Must-Haves
extra virgin olive oil
Frozen mixed berries
Dried herbs and spices – chilli, rosemary and turmeric
Fiona’s Choice – Chickpeas
Fiona has dubbed legumes as one of the “healthiest plant-based foods” that offer a variety of benefits.
“Legumes provide prebiotic and resistant starch benefits that help fuel beneficial microbes in our gut,” she said.
Legumes not only help keep your gut healthy, but also help lower cholesterol levels.
They also break down slowly, which means you’ll stay full longer.
Fiona’s favorite legume is chickpeas – which can be bought wet or dry from supermarkets.
“Chickpeas are incredibly versatile and can be added to salads, soups, stews, and made into hummus for a healthy snack,” she says.
“Chickpeas are rich in nutrients such as fiber, potassium, B vitamins, iron, magnesium and selenium, promote gut and heart health.”
Fiona’s Choice – Oats
You should also include whole grains, such as oats, barley, and rye, in your weekly diet.
Fiona said whole grains are high in fiber, prebiotics and beta-glucan to support gut health and heart health.
Oats were Fiona’s whole grain of choice because it’s an ingredient that can be added to smoothies, baked goods, or steeped overnight for breakfast.
A fabulous source of fibre, oats support gut health, heart health and blood sugar balance can help lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet,” she said.
Fiona has dubbed pulses as one of the ‘healthiest plant-based foods’ offering a variety of benefits
Fiona’s Choice – Flax Seeds
To improve brain health and reduce the risk of inflammatory disease, Fiona recommended eating plant-based foods high in omega 3s.
Nuts and seeds such as flaxseed, chia, hemp, and walnuts are rich in omega 3s and can be eaten in place of fatty fish as a plant-based alternative.
Fiona said flax seeds are a “superfood” for skin, hair, hormones and the digestive system.
“Packed with nutrients including lignans, antioxidants, fiber, protein, and polyunsaturated fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) or omega-3s, flaxseeds can help lower cholesterol and relieve constipation as part of a healthy diet,” she said. .
Fiona’s Choice – Spinach
To maintain health through the seasons, Fiona’s final recommendation is to fill your plate on one side with greens.
Spinach, green beans, cabbage and kale are said to be the “healthiest” on the list of green vegetables.
“Spinach is another good source of vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene – a skin-loving nutrient – and iron, as well as phytochemicals that can help fight inflammation and disease,” she said.
How to make Fiona Tuck’s Moroccan Chickpea Stew:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 fingernail size fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
200g tinned crushed tomatoes
1 box of 400g organic chickpeas
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes (or to taste)
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 large handfuls of washed spinach leaves, chopped
A small handful of fresh coriander leaves and parsley, washed and finely chopped
Squeezed lemon juice
Brown rice or cauliflower rice, for serving
Add the oil to a non-stick skillet then add the garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper and cook gently until softened.
Stir in ginger and spices, then add broth, tomatoes and chickpeas.
Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
Add peas and spinach and stir until peas are cooked through and spinach is wilted.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro, parsley and lemon juice.
Serve with cauliflower rice or brown rice.