With all those healthy foods out there, did you know that some may actually be rather unhealthy? Here are eight foods people suppose to be healthy, but can be the exact opposite.
8. Fat-free foods
Nice to read “fat free” (exclamation mark!) on a bag of gummi bears – which never contained fat in the first place. They are made of sugar and glucose syrup. Could companies think we may be stupid enough to translate “fat free” as “calorie free”? Surely not, with all of us being totally educated consumers.
7. “No added sugar” foods
Yeah, no added sugar in those because they naturally already have enough to fill a truck with. See fruit juices below. Or to get the taste kick in, they did add fat. A bit the opposite of the last one then.
6. Fruit juices and smoothies
Fruits can contain quite a number of calories from their (natural) sugar, but that usually isn’t a problem, because they make up for it by volume and fiber. Take away the volume and fiber, concentrate the calories of several fruit into one and you have fruit juice and smoothies. A cup of grape juice has 152 kcal – a cup of coke only 97. Own up and simply eat some real fruit. Trust me, they don’t bite back!
5. Cereal bars
These little bricks deserve a healthy food image as much as a bag of Cheetos. Ever wondered what keeps them in shape? The little grains are glued together with sugar, sometimes turning up to 30% of the total bar into it. To hide the fact about so much sugar being in there, manufacturers use different kinds (glucose syrup, raw cane syrup, inverted sugar syrup, molasses, dried glucose syrup, partially inverted sugar syrup etc. etc. etc.) . Because then they will neatly appear further toward the end of the ingredient list.
Back in the 60s, when granola was introduced, it was a supergood alternative to all them sugar-coated cereals that then dominated the market. Oats! Fiber! Honey! Yeah, and being able to easily reach the 500 kcal mark per bowl. Before adding the milk.
3. Dried fruits
They have all the calories from their non-dried brothers and sisters, but much less volume than those. That results in you eating hundreds of calories because they leave so much room. Worst culprit are banana chips, which often get fried in oil. Compared gram by gram that puts them up there with a Big Mac.
2. Light olive oil
I swear I have a friend who thought this. Folks, the “light” is not about the calories, it’s about the color of the oil! That doesn’t turn olive oil in an unhealthy food, but checking the nutritional information goes a long way.
1. Organic foods
My favorite! Because I have seen this so often, I want to cry out in frustration! “I eat all organic, why don’t I lose weight?” Because your body doesn’t care in any form whatsoever if a calorie is organic or not. News flash: organic peanut butter and potato chips contain as many calories as conventional peanut butter and potato chips!
I probably took the prize for sensationalist title with this article. Because, granted, not all of these foods are unhealthy per se – if you treat them right. Thinking a food is healthy is simply no free pass to turn off your brain and eat mindlessly. Learning to read labels and checking how much you eat does pay off!
Picture courtesy of “Vegan Feast Catering“.