Healthy or unhealthy eats?

By Philippe Djegal - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Moderation is the key to any diet. But, for those of us with pre-exisiting health conditions, food items we've grown up thinking are healthy can actually adversely affect your health. East Texas health officials stressed today the importance of a diverse diet.

Green leafy vegetables are a nutritional powerhouse. The U.S.D.A recommends that Americans eat three cups of dark green vegetables per week.

"Cabbage, kale, spinach, broccoli. These kinds of things for most people are very, very, healthy," said nutrition expert Rene McCarty. "And, again, [they] should be part of your mainstream diet."

Greens are rich in minerals as well as Vitamin K. But, if you're taking blood thinners, that could pose a problem.

"The Vitamin K is a clotting factor," said dietician Jill Coble. "So, people who have clotting problems - they put them on Coumadin to help reduce the amount of blood clots. So, if you're taking your Coumadin, but you're taking an overload of Vitamin K, it can do the opposite of what the medication is supposed to be doing."

Nutritionists also say if you are a diabetic or trying to lose weight, be careful of which bread you buy.

The common perception is that wheat bread is healthier for you then white, rye or any other type of bread. Although, as we speak to health officials, they say that is not always the case.

"It doesn't matter that it's a whole grain or a processed flour," said McCarty. "When it hits your stomach, the body still breaks it down into a glucose or sugar molecule and it has to be processed the same way."

And, we know french fries are bad for you because of the oil. But, what about plain old potatoes?

"We don't need that much carbohydrate. They're very high calories and there's not enough nutrition in a potato to make up for the calories you just ate," said McCarty.

But, whatever you eat - the most important thing, health officials stressed today, is to eat in moderation.

Everyone's diet is different. So, make sure to check in with a physician or primary care provider you trust on any questions in regard to your health.

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