It is quite common these days, to find many foods that marketed as healthy, even though they don’t pack much of a punch when it comes to nutrient density. Discover which foods are healthy and which aren’t isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Some of these “health foods” are, indeed, better than chowing down on doughnuts and fries, but they aren’t really good for you as the commercials and packaging make them seem. Salt, sugar and fats and hiddenly packed in those foods and are not a good idea for a healthy lifestyle.
So here you can find 10 of that seemingly healthy food you should stay away from:
1. Frozen Yoghurt and Fat-Free Flavoured Yogurt
When speaking of frozen yogurt, it is important to pay attention to added sugars even though you are swapping an ice-cream for a “healthier” option.
This kind of “healthy treat” can contain our daily recommended sugar intake in some cases, not mention the endless sweet sauces and topping.
The same thing happens with the fat-free Flavored yogurts that contain 16-28 grams of sugar! The better choice will be to buy an unflavored yogurt (vegan if you want the best option) and sweeten it with fresh fruit or dates sauce.
2. Breakfast Cereals
The boxes brag about lots of healthy things to start your day with: antioxidants, fiber, and essential minerals and vitamins mainly come from synthetic ones that have been added to disguise the dearth of natural nutrients. Moreover, many brands are high in sugar.
3. Vegetable Chips
While marketed as a healthy snack option the nutrition label reveals the ugly truth: high in salt, fat, and calories, with most of the nutrients processed out of them. So they’re basically potato chips in disguise. The sodium, fat, and calorie counts are almost identical.
Try baking kale in olive oil for eight minutes. It comes out crunchy and delicious, but with far fewer calories and more nutrients than any chip.
For years, margarine was recommended by experts as a butter replacement thanks to the vegetable oil (unsaturated fats) it contains. However, recent studies show that the trans fats in margarine that are linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (and it is also known as the fats that go straight into your thighs…). Those unfavorable amounts of saturated fats and trans fats came from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
5. Granola and Energy Bars
Provide a great pre-workout energy boost or a snack on-the-go, processed energy bars, and processed energy bars cookies are packed with full of hidden sugars. It seems so healthy, with nuts, rolled oats, and dried fruits, but the sugar content can be extreme as much sugar as candy! in their diets thank snacks like these. To be on the safe side, check the labeling, a few varieties have less than 4 grams of sugar.
6. Store-Bought Smoothies
Commercial smoothies are typically loaded with calories and sugar. Homemade options can be a great way to pack your diet with fresh fruit and vegetables, however, you should still watching how many you consume as they can have very high levels of sugar. The best solution will be for you to use only fresh/frozen natural fruits (no sugar added) and use a non-dairy or coconut water as a blending liquid.
7. Sports Drinks and Vitamin Water
Both of these drinks are just colored sugar liquids that’s bad for both your waistline and teeth.Although, sports drinks can help elite athletes better themselves, more often than not for ordinary people they are a sure way to get a sugar overdose. A much smarter choice would be drinking green water made from actual vegetables. These green mixes are available at most health food stores such as Whole Foods. One scoop should be to 16 to 32 ounces of water.
8. Turkey Sandwich
Known as the safe bet when in doubt of what to order out, the reality is that it’s not always the best choice. Highly-processed deli meats can be high in sodium and nitrates, which is hard on the heart. Not to mention the full-fat mayo and huge portions of bread (white or wheat, is that really matter?) usually included in those kinds of meals. Well, no matter when you choose to eat, check those nutritional before eating!
9. Fat-Free Salad Dressings
Most commonly when fat is removed, sugar and salt are added for taste. So don’t be fooled by the light or fat-free salad dressing options. Moreover, when you eat fat-soluble vitamins like those found in lettuce salad, your body actually needs the fat to digest and absorb these nutrients. By that you are actually losing the point in eating a salad, right? The solution is actually very simple (and even cheaper)- Make your own salad dressing out of omega-3 rich olive oil, crushed garlic, balsamic/ regular vinegar, herbs, salt, and pepper. This way, you can control the ingredients that are added and be sure you are in the right and healthy way.
10. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter
Peanuts are a great natural source of the good monounsaturated fats which is needed for a healthy diet. However, in order to actually stay healthy it’s best to go with a natural version of the full-fat variety. When taking the fat out, they add sugar and other fillers in and hence all versions of reduced-fat peanut butter contain the same number of calories per serving.