Nutrition: Would you be brave enough to have a dietitian look through your fridge?


So you think you're a healthy eater? Making good choices for your family?

Would you be brave enough to let a registered dietitian check your fridge and panty?

Emily Schwab was.

Even though she is doing a pretty decent job providing healthy meals and snacks for her young children, we discovered it’s easy to fall into old habits and cut corners when time is tight.

Emily is a single mother of two.

She said her goal is to plan meals in advance.

“On Sundays, I try to do things in advance, pre-plan meals, and when I grocery shop I know I have three meals I can make for my kids and then a night of leftovers. And then, I slide that frozen pizza in there because they do enjoy it!” she said.

We asked registered dietitian Julianne Koritz to check Emily's fridge, freezer and pantry to see how she's doing.

The first item Koritz noticed was a container of egg whites. “A lot of people think egg whites are better than whole eggs,” but Koritz said it good to eat egg yolks – especially children.

They are good for your brain and hair.

Koritz also recommends always reading the list of ingredients on products.

She said if there are more than three ingredients, it's probably not good for you.

Koritz said ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, dextrose and MSG are bad for kids.

She said food dyes are the worst. “Those have been proven for decades to be damaging to the brain and causing hyperactivity in children and changing the way the brain chemistry works.”

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged the growing body of evidence linking artificial food colors with adverse behavior in children.

And even though it may be convenient, Koritz said pre-packaged, processed food is almost never good.

“Some of the processed foods say they're good for you, but most processed foods are not,” she said.

Koritz recommends for people to shop the perimeter of the grocery store to avoid processed foods.

After Koritz’s inspection Emily said, “I'm going to start to preplan it in advance more and cook a little fresher.”

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