Thousands of food items are introduced every year and we are baffled by the choices that are added continuously. We are piled up with contrasting information on health and nutrition every time that it has become a strenuous task to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy foods. Listed here are the top five supposedly called ‘healthy’ foods that are not good for our body and should definitely be avoided in the case of people who want to lose weight.
We often hear recommendations on eating the whole fruit instead of the juice form. Whole fruits are loaded with fiber and help you stay full for longer time periods. When we squeeze the fruit to make juice, the pulp and the peel get removed and more than half the fiber content is lost. The fruit juices you get outside are much more worse as they are loaded with sugar which adds calories but never fill your tummy. Enjoy the crunchy and fresh whole fruits to reap their complete benefits.
Basically, granola is a grain with added sugar and fat. Most manufacturers prepare granola bars by adding plenty of refined grains, sweeteners and fats to make it tasty, thereby negating any positive health benefits it may have. Make your own homemade granola bars using whole grains to make them fiber-rich and filled with flavor. Never ever let a granola bar in the supermarket tempt you. By picking one, you are eating one of the most calorie-rich snacks.
Although your veggie chip bags show attractive pictures of colorful vegetables, these are, in reality, French fries in disguise. Most of the vegetable chips are different versions of potato starch. Although, potatoes are vegetables, deep frying and adding salt to them negates their nutritional value. For real veggie chips, chop your favorite vegetables, sprinkle them with olive oil, add salt and finally bake them for authenticity.
Multi grain breads are mostly made from refined flour and not whole grains. Check the packet for words such as ‘unbleached enriched wheat flour’ or ‘bleached’ that indicate the presence of refined grains. Only buy the ones that list whole grains as their first ingredient. Get the knack of reading the Nutrition Facts Label from the website www.firsteatright.com.
Yogurts are actually good for health, but only the plain and unsweetened ones. Not all yogurts are equal but are packed with added sugar. Fruit and flavored yogurt contain ample sugar and are never recommended. If they had contained real fruits, these would be rich in fiber and considered healthy. Prepare your favorite fruit yogurt by adding real fruit to real yogurt to add some nutrients into your body.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.