Misconceptions about which foods are “healthy” and which foods aren’t often originate in the barrage of advertising most of us are subject to in this technology-oriented age.
Capitalizing on the current buzz in nutritional trends is an integral part of tending that bottom line for food corporations, but it can be confusing for consumers.
These 7 foods are presented as healthy choices, but if you’re eating them without knowing these facts, you may be sabotaging your desire for strength and wellness.
Set aside the high amounts of trans fat, saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol that comes with frying foods, since that’s been covered many times before and most of us already know about those dangers. Another reason to avoid eating fried foods is that most of them will contain MSG. One of the easiest ways to get fried food with MSG in it is to stop into KFC and order anything fried from their menu. They’re not the only culprit, not by a long shot. MSG is prevalent in so many packaged foods that it’s almost a given that if it comes from a major food supplier, is fried and comes in a package, it will contain some amount of MSG.
We all love to have mayonnaise on our sandwiches, burgers, wraps and pizzas. We do not even realize that we are loading our bodies with unwanted fat and calories. Mayonnaise isn’t that unhealthy, if you consume it in moderation. But we love a thick crust of mayonnaise. Just a quarter cup serving of mayonnaise can load your body with 360 calories and 40 grams of fat. So, restrict its consumption. Switch to low-calorie condiments like mustard, salsa, BBQ sauce or taco sauce. You can also use light mayonnaise, which contains just 35 calories and 3.5 grams of fat in one tablespoon.
Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar (duh)
According to the Pew Research Center, Americans ate over 90 grams of added sugar a day in 2014—which is 40 grams above the FDA’s recommended intake of 50 grams per day and a whopping 65 grams above the World Health Organization’s recommended intake of 25 grams! Americans’ high consumption of refined, white sugar has been linked to everything from increased risk of type 2 diabetes to heart disease to obesity.
Snack foods like veggie chips or pretzels are often marketed as healthy alternatives to high-fat products like potato chips. However, many of these foods are actually deep-fried, while also being high in sodium, fat, refined carbs, and other artificial added ingredients that you’re better off without.
Instead of buying bagged snacks at the store, try baking your own veggie chips at home using kale, carrots, zucchini, or radishes. Other healthy snack alternatives to satisfy your cravings include air-popped popcorn, roasted chickpeas, or toasted pumpkin seeds.
Yes, eating dried fruit has some benefits such as fiber, minerals and vitamins but most of the time they contain too much added sugar and sulfur.
Those are added to extend their shelf lives. It’s best to buy the unsulfured and unsweetened version at your local health food store.
What you should do: Always buy the unsweetened and no sulfur added dried fruit packages.
When people believed saturated fat caused heart disease, food manufacturers were quick to offer margarine as a substitute, with products often labeled “heart healthy.”
Margarine was originally loaded with trans fats; while that’s changed in modern times, the replacement is highly processed vegetable oil laced with chemicals to make it taste and look like real butter.
Data from the Framingham Heart Study confirms that margarine-eaters are more likely to die of heart disease than those who eat butter.
Those delicious, addictive treats that you just can’t get enough of. Unfortunately, according to health researchers, the only thing good about doughnuts is the empty hole. Doughnuts are essentially a concentrated amalgamation of refined flour, sugar, artificial flavours, partially hydrogenated oil and mammoth quantities of trans-fat, with absolutely zero vitamins or nutrients. That’s a lethal combination, one that you should definitely limit.