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7 Foods You Never Knew Were Unhealthy

7 Foods You Never Knew Were Unhealthy
May 06
12:38 2015

Are you one of the many people who might be consciously monitoring your diet and yet suffering from weight related problems? If yes, then maybe it is time for you to take a closer look at your diet and analyze every component for its nutritional value. On doing so, what would probably come as a big shock to you is the fact that many of the foods which you thought as being healthy are, in reality, far from being beneficial to your health.

Rather than consuming these foods unknowingly and wondering what might be adding to your waistline, it is time to increase awareness as to their identity so that next time you can simply steer clear of them. Following are some of the foods which are deceptively healthy and hence should occupy minimal portion of your diet chart -

Vegetable oils – With veganism becoming a lifestyle fad, anything that advertises the term ‘vegetable’ or ‘organic’ is likely to attract plenty of attention. After all, anything associated with vegetables is supposed to be healthy as also eco-friendly and why should this logic not be applied in case of oil? Another argument in favor of this choice is that because such oils are in their liquid state, they are healthier than their counterparts which solidify.

None of these arguments hold well on being closely examined. To begin with, the term vegetable on the label in inclusive of everything from palm to sunflower and very often it is the former from which it has been derived owing to being economical. Secondly, it is not the state of the oil which matters but whether it is saturated or unsaturated and many so-called vegetable oils are of the saturated type. Therefore, this food can be labeled as being healthy only when all the conditions are met.

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Breakfast cereals – What could be a healthier way to start the day than have cereal in the morning? You could not be any more farther from the truth if you hold this opinion because all you would be eating is a processed form of grain laced with synthetic multivitamins, not to mention loads of sugar.

Why not have grains in their natural form like chapattis, parathas or legumes?

Salads – Like the way in which all that glitters is not gold, all that looks green need not be healthy. This is particularly true in case of prepared salads that are served in eating joints and are often ordered by people as a healthy alternative to a burger or a sandwich. While the vegetables in the salad are beneficial, it is the other ingredients namely mayonnaise, cheese, fatty meat chunks and proprietary dressings which are usually high in sugar, negate the health benefits.

A way out would be to prepare a salad at home or inquire prior to ordering about the ingredients so that you are well aware of everything that the bowl might provide.

Fat-free foods – Any food that is advertised as being low-fat or fat-free like yoghurt or prepackaged food should be totally avoided because although it does not contain fat, it is rich in sugar or salt both of which cause more damage to your waistline than fat ever would.  Many a times there are ingredients added to fat free products to make it as tasty as the full fat version which can be harmful in the long run.

Fruit juice – On being squeezed, fruits release juice and hence it is a beverage which is a powerhouse of nutrients. This may hold true when you prepare fresh juice at home, include the pulp in the edible portion and add just sufficient quantities of sugar or no sugar. However, a common practice is to buy packaged juices and use them as replacement for fresh fruits which in itself is an unhealthy practice.

Packaged fruit juice may be rich in vitamins but at the same time, it also contains a high concentration of sugar, additives and artificial flavors. At the same time, it is bereft of natural fibers and that in itself takes away a major chunk of benefits. A healthier alternative would be to consume the fruit instead in its natural form. If making juice at home is not feasible, then make sure you buy 100 packaged juices with no added sugar instead of a package titled “juice drink” which is likely to contain a lot of added sugar.  Make it a habit to read the nutrition label and ingredients before buying.

Banana chips – Health definition of banana chips hails from the fact that banana as a fruit is laden with valuable nutrients most of which are likely to be carried forward when it is transformed into chips. Unfortunately, to be converted into chips, banana needs to be deep fried in oil wherein much of it is absorbed by the fruit. Thus, instead of being laden with calcium, every bite is loaded with the variety of fat that encourages formation of cholesterol in the body. Continued intake of banana chips has also been linked with incidence of type 2 diabetes, further proving its unhealthy nature.

Energy Bars – Truly misleading is the presence of energy bars under the weight-loss category in grocery stores because these are actually calorie-laden bars which are supposed to be high in protein but depleted in terms of fat. Contrary to the popular opinion, energy bars do not result in weight loss in spite of being low in fat because their manufacturing process entails addition of sugar and salt in large quantities. Another point against them is their small size which implies that you would soon be hungry again and end up consuming more than your normal diet.

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