Myth: Fake health foods that you should avoid
Did you know that many foods marketed as healthy are actually bad for you? Scroll below to know more.
When you decide to alter your eating habits, the first thing everyone tends to do is research on health alternatives and, then pick low sugar or low-fat products from their grocery store aisles. But many of the food items that you might think to be healthy are actually quite the opposite.
Below we unpack some of those healthy foods to give you a reality check.
- Veggie chips
Thought as a healthier alternative to potato chips, veggie chips are made of vegetables. Thus, you would expect the packet to be filled with nutrients and fibre. But all they contain are sodium and salt and are deep-fried.
Sushi is considered healthier than most foods out there, but white rice sushi is made using vinegar, sugar and salt. Additionally, a tablespoon of soy sauce used to dip the sushi in contains 900 milligrams of sodium, which is almost 40% of the daily recommended intake of 23,00 milligrams.
- Whole wheat and gluten-free bread
Most of the loaves of whole wheat bread are filled with molasses and high fructose corn syrup, making it a non-healthier alternative to white bread. Also, if you think gluten-free bread is the next best choice, you are wrong again. Gluten-free snacks are packed with sugars, potato starch, rice flours. Therefore, unless you have a gluten allergy, gluten-free products are not recommended.
Granola is seen as a healthier alternative to breakfast cereals. But certain brands have white sugar, vegetable oil and more and contain greater than 400 calories per cup. Therefore, choose granolas that contain nuts, quinoa, seeds, whole oats and unsweetened coconut for a healthy breakfast.
- Salad dressing
Don’t you absolutely love green crunchy salad topped with your favourite low-fat dressings? We are sorry to break you out of your dream, but low-fat dressings contain added sugar, salt, carbs, sodium and other preservatives to make up for the lack of fat. Thus, making them as dangerous as full-fat dressings.
- Fruit juices
Drinking a fresh-pressed juice might seem like the latest trend among celebrities and models, but all they contain are calories and sugar. This happens because when you process the fruits and vegetables into juice, they lose most of their fibres. Therefore, eat fruits and pair it with a glass of water.
We highly recommended that you check the nutritional content of “healthy” foods, before diving into your wallets.