Celebrity fitness trainers aren’t people I normally pay much attention to, but I was drawn to a recent article entitled 8 Foods Celebrity Fitness Trainers Won’t Eat because I wondered what the eight foods could be.
Not surprisingly, the list included foods I once loved, like fried foods, diet soda, bread, crackers and croutons. But surprisingly, some foods I’ve taken to eating since my angioplasty also made the list. These included yogurt, bananas and grapes.
Yogurt is called out by one trainer because most yogurts are high in sugar. I normally look for the sugar-free yogurts, but that opens the debate about what sweetener is used instead in those.
Grapes, which I have been adding to a fruit bowl I make at a local salad bar each day for lunch, surprised me as well, although I did recall a doctor years ago telling me not to let my diabetic mother eat grapes.
“Grapes have a special sugar in them called dextrose, which is the highest glycemic sugar that you can possibly put in your body,” says celeb trainer Harley Pasternak, who also shuns bananas.
“I tell my clients to stick to fruits that either have edible skin, edible seeds, or citrus — bananas do not have edible skin, nor do they have edible seeds really, nor is it citrus. Most of the fiber and nutrients that are in a fruit are in a fruit’s skin. A banana is just the densest piece of fruit that you can put in your body, and since it doesn’t have much fiber, it won’t keep you full,” Pasternak says.
I have to eat a banana a day to replenish potassium my body is losing because of medication I take, so I’m not giving those up. I have cut out the grapes though, another favorite gone on my restricted diet.