Dr. Rachel Paul, a registered dietitian based in San Francisco, California, posted pictures of these pepper 'sandwiches' on Instagram
She put tomato, cheese, and sliced turkey in between two bell pepper halves
Other Instagrammers have shared similar dishes, putting tuna, avocado, ham, and other veggies inside
Some people are hailing it as a great idea for someone with gluten intolerance, or those on the Keto diet, the Paleo diet, or Whole 30
Others think it looks incredibly unappetizing
Published: 11:28 EDT, 11 January 2019 | Updated: 11:53 EDT, 11 January 2019
A 'healthy' sandwich alternative has sparked some very mixed opinions on social media.
But this week, she earned particular attention for suggesting that health-conscious followers tweak their sandwiches by replacing bread with a sliced bell pepper — a substitution that's left commenters divided.
Healthy: Dr. Rachel Paul, a registered dietitian based in San Francisco, California, posted pictures of these pepper 'sandwiches' on Instagram
Meal planning: She was inspired by a similar post by Maggie Michalczyk
Mixed reactions: She called them the 'coolest things ever' - but social media users were divided
'GUYS are these not the coolest things ever?? Bell pepper sandwiches!' she wrote on Tuesday.
She then included two pictures of the 'sandwiches,' with are made with bell peppers that have been sliced in half with the seeds removed.
Between the two pieces, she's put tomato, a slice of cheese, and sliced deli turkey.
She also shared her formula for one serving, which is two sandwiches: two cups of vegetables (in this case, the two sliced peppers and a slice of tomato on each), 100-200 calories of fats (the two slices of cheese), and four to five ounces of protein (turkey).
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she also explained how to make the veggies more sandwich-like.
'You can cut down the size of the bell peppers by cutting off bits of the sides — so the “pieces of bread” become more flat,' she said.
'Save the extra pepper pieces for a snack to dip in guac or salsa later in the day, or at the same meal.'
Since she posted, her photos have been liked over 12,000 times, and dozens of commenters have left supportive comments — some adding smiling emojis or tagging friends who'd be interested in the dish.
They've called it 'so creative,' a 'great idea,' 'awesome,' 'genius,' 'fun,' and even a 'game changer.'
'I would have never thought of this! Love it!' wrote one.
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Substitute: Other people have shared images of their own pepper sandwiches, putting meat, cheese, and more veggies in the middle
For it: Some people thing they look delicious and would be a good dish for someone on a low-carb, Keto, or Paleo diet
Not for everyone! Others think the idea is disgusting and horrifying
'I will have to try it. Thanks for posting!' commented another, while a third wrote: 'Wow, great idea! Thanks for inspiration.'
'Sometimes I’m skeptical of healthier versions of things because it just seems plain wrong. But this actually looks AMAZING!!!' added someone else.
But the reactions have mostly been split right down the middle, with half of the commenters expressing horror over the idea.
'Umm when the food idea goes overboard just so it looks pretty I think this is weird,' wrote one.
WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder in which gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.
Gluten provokes inflammation in the small intestine which affects the body's ability to absorb nutrients from food.
The condition is estimated to affect one in 100 people worldwide.
One percent - or three million Americans - are living with celiac disease.
There are more than 200 symptoms of celiac disease but the more common ones are:
- Abdominal bloating and pain
- Chronic diarrhea
- Pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
- Weight loss
The only treatment for the disease and is a strict gluten-free diet.
Only foods and beverages with a gluten content less than 20 parts per million are allowed.
Source: Celiac Disease Foundation
'I'm not vegan enough for this,' quipped another, while others called it 'nasty' and insisted it must be a joked.
'Y’all are drunk if you think this looks good,' wrote one.
'Urgh... sad thing to think about. Just have a real Sandwich. Or half of it and a salad at the side if you wanna lose weight,' added another.
'I'd rather lick a toad than eat that,' wrote one rather dramatic commenter.
While the post has earned a lot of attention, making a 'sandwich' with a pepper instead of bread is hardly a new idea.
Many people have been eating the dish for years — but with so many people going on low-carb diets or eliminating gluten from their diets due to Celiac's disease or gluten intolerance, the swap is finding an even bigger audience.
Others healthy eaters have shared similar snaps on Instagram as well. In fact, Dr. Paul credited another dietitian, Maggie Michalczyk, for the idea.
Michalczyk posted her own 'sandwich' made with an orange pepper last week, writing: 'Don’t get me wrong I love a good sandwich on sourdough but this veggie alternative TURNS UP the nutrition!'
While both of these women made theirs with turkey and cheese, several other people stuff the dish with tuna.
Other popular ingredients include spinach, arugula, avocado, ham, cucumber, and mayo.
Some find that it fits right in with certain restrictive diets, like Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto.
And Paul said there are other benefits, too: 'The water in veggies is actually very hydrating. Many people think you need to drink water to keep yourself hydrated — but water from non-starchy vegetables is very beneficial as well.
'Also, the pepper is much lower in carbs and calories than bread, so you can save calories while staying full and satisfied, which makes it easier to manage your weight.'
WHAT IS THE KETO DIET?
The Ketogenic diet defines a low-carb, high-fat way of eating.
Following this eating plan forces the body into a metabolic state, known as ketosis, which starves the body of carbohydrates but not calories.
Carbs are shunned in the keto diet as they cause the body to produce glucose, which is used as energy over fat.
Keto diets therefore lead to weight loss as they make the body burn fat as its primary energy source.
On the diet, followers can eat:
- Leafy greens and most vegetables
- Full-fat dairy
- Nuts and seeds
- Avocadoes and berries
- Fats, such as coconut oil
People cannot eat:
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