Eating healthy means that you are particular with the nutritional contents and facts of the food that you eat. You may even have an exclusive list of food that you religiously follow. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, that is a great way of living a healthy lifestyle and keeping your body in shape. So, you embark in a journey of strictly chosen and shortlisted set of foods that you consider as healthy.
You might have gone through extensive and careful research to come up with the list of foods that you have. But, do you think all of them are really doing what you think they are doing?
You see, some types of food may appear healthy and good for you – with their appearance, the marketing, the list of nutritional facts in their packaging – but they’re really just a sort of buffer, a set of junk food that is advertised on how you want to see it, and what would look appealing to you, being a health buff and all.
Some foods may seem healthy – but they are really not – and you need to be careful with these types of foods, as they may actually do your body more harm than good. Like what they say, if it tastes too good and it says it’s healthy, then it’s too good to be true. Here are 10 foods that say they’re healthy but are in reality bad for you:
1. Salad Dressings
A green salad is, by all means, always a healthy choice of food, but that is only with the green part.
As far as green salads go, salad dressings have been a staple inclusion to add a little taste to your salad – Thousand Island, Blue Cheese, Italian, French, California and ooh, Fat Free dressings.
There are a lot to choose from, and it is sometimes a feat not to add salad dressing, because a plain green salad can just be too boring.
Actually, salad dressings can be aggressively fattening and you might wonder why you’re not losing weight despite eating green salad every day.
The truth is the dressing is pulling you back on the other end. Salad dressings contain fat, salt, artificial flavourings, sweeteners and preservatives – the list alone, without the content percentage, will already paint you a picture of how these little devils really work your body and add more to your weight no matter how green your salad may be.
2. Fat-Free And Low Fat Dairy Products
Choosing to drink fat-free or low fat milk and yogurt can just be downright ridiculous. Okay, so the fat was taken off the milk, but then what? Food without the fat tastes bland, that’s for sure.
So, they developed this recipe of taking off fat from food, but adding a big amount of sugar and salt to compensate on the taste that fat has left barren. Thus, the “fat-free” generation.
These fat-free and low fat milk and dairy products can be sneaky to your health. Although the fat is absent, it has been replaced by ingredients that are more fattening than fat. To put it simply, these are processed drinks that are no longer natural and have added unhealthy chemicals. It would be best if you would just opt to drink the regular dairy products, just in smaller amounts.
3. Fruit Juices
The label reads: 100 percent all natural fruit extracts, but look again. Unless they squeeze and extract it right in front of your eyes, do not believe this rampant, yet widely accepted hoax.
Fruit juices tastes good, like really good. They’re sweet and thirst-quenching when served cold. But do not be deceived by the good taste and the “fruit” part of the bandwagon.
Fruit juice sold in cans and boxes cannot literally be 100 percent natural. It contains fat, natural sweeteners and a huge amount of preservatives to keep it from expiring quickly. That list of contents alone will have you thinking twice already.
Margarine is – and take note of this – not food. It is a scientifically and intricately studied and put together set of chemicals that was created to take the place of butter, which is high in saturated fat.
Butter, being a dairy product, will always be naturally high in saturated fat. But margarine can be even worse.
Again, margarine is not a type of food that comes from all-natural sources. Food scientists have developed it. It contains both fattening and unhealthy ingredients, like preservatives, calories and fats, just to name a few. You would do yourself a lot of favor to just stay with smaller amounts of the good old butter.
5. Energy Drink And Vitamin Water
After a long and tiring day or going to the gym for a workout, a bottle of some sort of energy drink can always be spotted in your hands. Vitamin waters are also common in office and school desks.
Energy drinks and vitamin waters are said to contain energy boosting ingredients that can keep you going, no matter how tiring your activities are all day and will keep you healthy and strong.
Actually, energy drinks and vitamin waters are a sort of artificial energy enhancers, like drugs if you would. Many nutritionists compare them to coffee in a colorful and sweet package. They contain:
- Sugar – Check the label, because these drinks contain large amounts.
- Salt – Again, check the label for this common ingredient.
- Calories – Check the amount of servings at the top to get the real calorie count. The calories you see in the list may not be for the entire bottle if they deem that it contains two or more servings and you consume the entire thing.
- Artificial Flavorings – Always check for artificial flavoring and sweeteners.
- Caffeine – Some of these drinks contain dangerous amounts of caffeine, which is what is keeping you up and energetic.
6. Granola And Protein Bars
If you’re in a tight schedule and you don’t have time to sit down to eat a complete meal, granola and protein bars can be your best option.
They’re on the go, fast and easy to eat and can give you energy that a complete meal can give. But they cannot, by any means, be a substitute for a healthy, well-cooked meal.
As a matter of fact, granola and protein bars can be destructive to your diet, even if the label says otherwise.
You see a number of examples of people who eat granola and protein bars while they are on a slimming diet. The truth is, you would be better off to eat a complete meal than to choose these types of foods. Granola and protein bars contain artificially produced protein, saturated fat, sugar and salt. You can practically eat an entire bar of chocolate and have the same results.
7. Low Carb Foods
Going on a low carbohydrate diet has been long since accepted as an effective way of losing weight. It includes eating foods that are low in carb content and just basically avoiding the whole carb thing.
Later on, food manufacturers have started developing and distributing these “low carb” foods that they say can be a substitute for the low carb diet. Not.
If you inspect the contents of a low carb food, more often than not it contains ingredients that are not food. It’s just a collection of processed and artificially-manufactured ingredients that are not good for your body. So if you choose to go on a low carb diet, do your body a favor and just do it the right way.
8. Sushi From The Western Part Of The World
Just to clarify that, authentic sushi from Japan is healthy and good for the body. Japanese cooking has always been a healthy choice, as it can be seen from a good lot of Japanese individuals with good skin and healthy bodies.
But sushi that has been commercialized from the west part of the world can be a little debatable in terms of health facts.
Sushi is best when served fresh. But sushi that is pre-packed and sold in fast food and grocery stores already contains preservatives. If you want to eat sushi, it would be best if you go to an authentic Japanese restaurant. You would even get the good, all natural and distinct taste that only authentic Japanese cooking can provide.
9. Processed Organic Foods
The name itself is a contradiction. Organic food is good for your health, but the key term there is the word “processed,” which pretty much makes the whole thing non-organic.
Processed food generally contains foreign chemicals and preservatives to keep them from spoiling. Thus, even if you choose to eat organic, being processed takes away a good chunk of its health contents, which pretty much spoils the whole healthy attempt to eat organic.
10. Fast Food Salads
It has been agreed that salad – green salad to be exact – is good for you and your diet, salad dressing excluded. But fast food salad can be arguable in terms of being healthy.
Sure, they include vegetables and greens, and all the health arguments that vegetables may have, but being from a fast food establishment, this type of salad may already be processed.
It may contain preservatives and calories that you originally wanted to avoid, unless the salad was made in front of you, in which case your argument is valid.
You choose to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. That’s well and good. This does not only mean you choose foods that people say and are widely accepted to be healthy and all natural.
If you are concerned with your health – and not your body only – you have to be strict in checking the nutritional contents of the food that you eat. Otherwise, your slimming diet may be successful, but you are still putting your health at risk.