13 “Healthy” Foods You Should Stop Eating
Posted on July 17 2016
Are all low-fat, multigrain, vegan, and gluten-free foods healthy? When it comes to “healthy foods” the lines almost always become blurred and largely depend on who you ask. With our reliance on social media shares for insights into the latest “eat clean” movement it is easy to get caught up in protien shakes, fruit bowls, and smoothies.
More often than not, these shares and advertisements provide misleading information because they do not give you all the details. Some companies compromise on nutrients while making low-fat products and many gluten-free products come packed with as many calories, preservatives, and sugars as other leading brands.
To equip you with the best and latest information on foods you should avoid to keep your feminine proportions fabulous and sexy for your bandage dress we dug in and did a bit of research. This list points out 13 foods that are believed to be heart healthy, lean, and good for your body and in reality - are not so much.
Although the terms ‘7-grain’, ‘whole wheat’, and ‘multigrain’ may appeal to you on the package, it is extremely important that you know what they are made of. These so called healthy breads may not actually contain whole grains that are healthy for your heart. Many of these breads are made from refined grains, which means that you are nowhere close to getting the nutritional value of true organic whole grains. If you are unsure about a product, check the nutrition label. If the first ingredient is listed as refined or bleached flour, the bread you are eating is definitely not a 100 percent whole wheat bread.
If you are one of those who thinks energy bars are healthy and consume at least two a day - beware. Energy bars are not always the healthy snacks that they are purported to be. There are quite a few energy bars on the market today that are full of saturated fats, added sugar, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. What is more, is that most energy bars, especially those that are used as meal replacements, have more than 350 calories in each of them! Therefore, it is a good idea to stop eating the store-bought energy bars, and make your own granola bars at home.
When you are looking to eat more healthy and fresh foods salads are the first thing on your list. However, if you use ready-made salad dressings that are available in many grocery stores, it is often very counterproductive. It is true that oil-based opaque dressings are healthier than creamy salad dressings. However, when you check the ingredient list, you immediately realize that these dressings contain thickeners, coloring agents, added sugars, additives, and flavor enhancers. It is much better to whip up your own vinaigrette at home. If you do not have time, buy a bottled salad dressing that has less than 300 mg of sodium in 2 tablespoons and a short ingredient list that features only ingredients you understand.
Although oatmeal is indeed a healthy whole-grain source of energy, the instant varieties that you buy in stores are far from it. This is because it is made of refined oats that not only contain added sugar, but are also low in protein and fiber. One of the ways to avoid eating unhealthy instant oatmeal is to read the ingredient list. If the first ingredient is steel cut oats, whole groats, or whole oats, this is definitely the healthier variety of instant oatmeal.
The outer layer of grains such as oats, rice, and wheat, bran contains a healthy dosage of vitamins, fiber, low-glycemic carbs, and protein. Even though bran is healthy, bran muffins are not. Most store-bought bran muffins have less bran and more wheat flour instead. They also contain lots of sugar, additives, and sodium to counter bran’s tasteless flavor. If you want to take full advantage of all the nutrients in bran, bake your own bran muffins at home. This will ensure that you have full control over the ingredients.
If you think going to restaurants and ordering for salads means you are eating healthy, think again. Just because the dish says “salad”, it does not necessarily mean that it is healthy. Most restaurants add a lot of dressing to your salads to make them tastier. Ultimately, you end up with a salad that may have more calories than a burger. From fiesta salads to chicken salads keeping your eyes on the ingredients is your best choice and be sure to ask for dressing on the side.
Even though dried fruit may seem like a great snack to munch on, remember it is not actually healthy. In order to preserve the freshness of the fruit, many companies use sulphur dioxide. What is more, they add a lot of sugar to sweeten the dried fruit, making it more like a candy. There is no doubt that dried fruits are a great source of fiber, minerals, and vitamins, however, it is also extremely easy to overeat them which in turn demands that you burn off the extra calories at the gym.
These are the kind of foods that start healthy but later transform into a high-calorie delicacy. Most cafes and smoothie chains use low-fat dairy and blended juice as a base for their smoothies. However, it is the ice cream, sherbet, and the added sugar, that transforms a healthy drink into a sugary nightmare. A smoothie is still considered to be a great way to begin your day, when it is made at home. Instead of using fruit juice as base, use almond milk, water, or coconut water – they are the healthier alternatives.
Frozen yogurt or as it is colloquially known as Froyo, is in reality healthy when you choose the natural flavor. If you choose any other flavor and load it up with lots of toppings, it is almost as bad as consuming a soda or bottle of fruit punch. If you do opt to eat a bit of Froyo consider a small rather than a large cup to help you control your serving size and portion.
The journal Obesity published a study that showed that people who drank at least one or more sports drink every single day showed more weight gain over a period of three years than those who did not. Sports drink are easily compared to Kool Aid, it is basically made of artificial food coloring and sugar water. The only good thing about sports drinks are the electrolytes present in them. However, there are a lot of natural foods and drinks like bananas and coconut water that help to restore your electrolytes. Therefore, it is better to avoid sports drinks, unless you are doing endurance training or intense workouts.
If you think eating vegetable chips is healthy then you are definitely mistaken. Based on the way the vegetable chips are processed, there is very little vegetable in these tasty treats. Even though they are made from vegetables, they are fried like any other variety of chips. Frying, baking, or cooking vegetables strips them of their nutrients. In the end, you are eating chips that are artificially flavored, loaded with preservatives, and colored to taste and look like a vegetable. Therefore, either make your own baked chips or eat your vegetables raw.
Pretzels may be considered to be a healthy snack, however, they have absolutely no nutritional value. They may be fat-free, but they are made of white flour, which converts to sugar once it enters the body. It is true that they are low in calories, but they are also low in vitamins, protein, minerals, and fiber. This is one of the reasons why you still feel hungry after eating an entire packet of pretzels. Additionally, they are also exceptionally high in sodium. If you are craving something salty, eat a handful of nuts instead.
It is very important to realize that fat-free does not essentially mean calorie-free. A recent study in the United Kingdom showed that foods that claim to be fat-free contain 40 percent more sugar and 10 percent more calories than normal food products. Fats are responsible for adding a flavor to any food, and when this is removed, the food becomes tasteless. Therefore, companies add sugar and lots of additional flavors to make up for the lack of fats. Keep in mind that just because a food does not have any fat content, it does not automatically become healthy. Some of the other aspects that you must check on the nutrition label include sodium, minerals, fiber, vitamins, and of course, calories.
In today’s day and age, it has become extremely important that you check all the information you get via social media and advertisements. Just because one of the ads says a particular food product is healthy, do not switch to it. Do your own research before making any changes in your diet. Avoid these 13 foods, and you are well on your way to a truly healthy and natural diet.
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