10 Foods You Thought Were Healthy But Surprisingly Are Not
We eat food because we need the energy from it to function throughout the day. Junk food, as we know, is in fact harmful to our bodies. But besides Junk food, there are other foods that you once thought were healthy for you, but they are actually not. Here is a list of 10 of those foods:
1. Salads from Supermarkets.
Not only do the salads contain healthy vegetables and fruits, but they also contain dressings, mayonnaise, and other sauces along with artificial flavourings and oils which bring up more calories than a Mcdonald’s Big Mac and fries. The ones on for sale are typically the ones with higher calories and are much unhealthier compared to fast foods and chocolate, according to some researchers. If you want to eat a healthy salad, make it at home but without the corn syrups, oils, artificial flavourings, fatty sauces, dressings, oils, and sugar.
2. Orange Juice.
We all know that the sugar in a can of coke is unbelievably high (39g – 9 and a half teaspoons. But you probably didn’t know that orange juice has just as much sugar as it, and sometimes even more. What’s more is that the juice is highly boiled (pasteurized) to the extent that all the nutrients are gone which helps the juice obtain longer shelf life. So if you’re trying to lose some pounds, you’ve got to stay away from sugar, even orange juice. Unless you’re making juice yourself.
3. Low-fat yoghurt.
There is hardly any fat inside low fat yoghurt but don’t be fooled- it contains more calories than full- fat yoghurt and you’ll gain more weight by eating this. Low-fat yoghurt can contain as many as 30 grams of sugar in one serving. 30 grams of sugar is 60% of your daily USDA limit. To replace the fat, they add a lot of sugar, sweeteners, thickeners, and salt which is not so good for your diet as you thought it was. Lauren Minchen, a registered dietician, and nutritionist said “While it’s been difficult to prove scientifically, intuitively I believe that when the body gets nutrients from the whole, unaltered foods like full-fat yoghurt, low fat yoghurt is less likely to hold on to excess calories and store them as fat. Further, sugar and fats substitute found in low-fat yoghurts discrite weight loss efforts, while whole food fat sources boost satiety, helping people eat less overall throughout the day.”
4. Dried Fruit.
Dried fruit is nutritious. In fact, it has the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruits. If you were craving something sweet, dried fruit would be much recommended over candy. But too much of a good thing isn’t good at times. Why? when we eat the fruit when it’s fresh we tend not to eat more than two or three, but when they are dried all the water is removed, they shrink and the remains is just pure sugar. Due to the shrinking, we eat a lot more sugar than we are supposed to. For raisins, what you call a small amount is actually a large number of grapes you wouldn’t be able to eat when fresh. A small handful of raisins contains 22 grams of sugar.
Granola was once very healthy and nutritious. It was invented in the US in the late 1800s and started out as simple toasted whole grain cereal. Over time, this once nutritional cereal had converted into a bowl of high fat and sugar. One cup of this cereal has 24 grams of fat and 28 grams of sugar, this is just as much as eating two medium sized frosted doughnuts for breakfast. Out of one serving there is a very little amount of fruits and nuts (as you have probably noticed), most of the cereal is fat and sugar-filled flour.
Many health experts started promoting margarine over butter due to butter’s high saturated fat content. Previously, margarine used to be full of trans fats. But these days, margarine contains less trans fats than before but loaded with refined vegetable oils. Margarine is actually a group of chemicals and refined oils designed to look like butter and taste like it. A study shows that people who replace butter with margarine are more likely to die from heart disease. Margarine is nowhere near healthy. If you need to use anything, use the good ol’ natural butter. Butter is simply made by churning the fatty portion of milk until it turns into butter, that’s all it is. No added chemicals and unhealthy refined packs of oils.
8. Multigrain Bread.
Multigrain is a given title making the type of bread seem like a healthy choice. But what type of grains are put in the bread? None of them may necessarily be whole grains. Many of the bread labelled as multigrained contain refined grains, with the lack of whole grain fibres making you crave more food because it increases blood sugar faster after eating. When looking for the right bread, consider picking up Whole Wheat Bread, Wholegrain Bread or Wholemeal bread. Other than multigrain bread, bread is actually good for you. So do eat, but be careful of what you pick up next time.
9. Flavoured Water.
If you thought that flavoured water is healthier than soda and something you can replace with water with no worries, you were entirely wrong. While the title reads “Spring Water” with dramatic tropical images of fruits displayed, you are really going to be gulping down sugar that is contained more than a can of coke. Others are packed with artificial sweeteners. Though the water is supposed to be flavoured, the actual fruit content is very minuscule. Katherine Jenner, Campain Director of Action on Sugar, said “It’s a bit insincere to call any of these drinks flavoured. Water is the main ingredient in all soft drinks, from Cola to Ribena to Vitamin Water. This is just another way for drinks makers to take advantage of a customer’s good intentions, and making a huge amount of money in the process.”
10. Diet Sodas
Though it doesn’t contain sugar, its packed with dangerous amounts of sweeteners which shred the body’s ability to control calorie intake. The sweeteners also confuse the body because they have intense flavour like sugar which can overtime avert your taste to the real sweetness of natural sugars of fruit, says the author of The Sugar Detox, Brooke Albert. What’s worse is that the sweeteners have the same effect as sugar when it comes to weight gain, but a lot worse as its artificial. “Artifical sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain,” Said Albert. Needless to say, the regular soda isn’t something you should look forward to either.
How much sugar are you actually gulping down with coke?