The Daily Meal contacted over 20 different medical professionals to find out which foods they won’t eat and why.
The açaí berry is a trendy smoothie bowl staple, but Ryan Neinstein, MD, of Neinstein Plastic Surgery in New York City is not convinced. The doctor notes that although the berry itself “may have a lot of antioxidant properties… The problem is that most people are not just eating açaí. The bowls are more popularly eaten with add-ons such as nut butters, seeds, and more fruit. With the addition of some of these foods, calories and sugar increase significantly. Before purchasing any açaí bowl, I would warn patients to check your nutrition facts, since you may be essentially buying a banana split!” This plastic surgeon’s advice suggests that eating fewer calories will lead to weight loss — a nutrition myth that’s not necessarily true. Additionally, ingredients in açaí bowls such as nut butter and fruit are some of the most nutritious foods you can eat. If you find the portion size is too large, you can always save the rest of these healthy foods for later!