In the food industry, we come across several foods that are tagged healthy. Baked, vegan, gluten-free are some of the terms we find when we start scrutinizing the ingredients. Our efforts to pick up healthy ones can sometimes backfire on us. Gluten-free foods might contain a bunch of sugars, calories, and fats whereas fat-free might come at the cost of sacrificing healthy nutrients. There are several foods that are claiming to be healthy but aren’t actually.
Here Is The List Of The Top 8 Healthy Foods That Aren’t Healthy Actually:
Whole Wheat And Multi-grain Bread:
We often pick up a pack of multigrain bread, but the fact is that they don’t contain any heart healthy grains. Most of the bread that are tagged “multigrain” are made using refined grains and hence, you will not be getting the nutritional benefits of the whole grains.
The word “salad” sounds healthy. However, any prepared salad contains high calories and hidden fats due to the presence of mayonnaise. You will be unknowingly consuming a lot of calories when you start eating a big pack of stuffed tuna salad. Better choose premixed salads that are made using low-fat mayonnaise and eat them in a small portion.
Protein bars and other such energy bars are quick snacks for the evening when you are in a rush. They are made of lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and harmful saturated fats. It is better to go for a trail mix of proteins and carb-rich foods.
Many consumers have a misconception that gluten-free foods are healthy. However, the manufacturers use low fats and lesser nutrient-dense flours to replace the gluten in carb-rich foods such as pasta, snacks etc. That means you are spending additional money to purchase a food that has absolutely not nutritional content. So, better go for naturally gluten-free foods such as legumes, veggies, and fruits.
Oatmeal is a great choice for your breakfast. However, the premixed oatmeal is not the right kind to choose. Premixed oatmeal contains lots of sugar, less fiber. Also, the grain is more processed. So, better go for the old-fashioned oats and prepare your oatmeal by adding lots of nuts and fruits.
We often munch on a cup of dried fruits in the evening. However, it is not a healthy food. Dried fruits are sweetened with sugar. When we purchase dried fruits we only check for one major ingredient in the list i.e. the fruit. However, you need to understand that dried fruit has been dehydrated and will not fill you up similar to the fresh fruit. So, better opt for fresh fruits instead of the dried ones.
Pretzels are perfect evening snacks everyone would love to have. It is low in calories and the fact is that it is even low in nutrients, fiber, protein etc. and your hunger doesn’t end even after having a bowl of pretzels. They are made of refined flour and contain high doses of sodium. If you want to have a salty crunch, go for snacks that contain fiber, protein, and nutrients.
Protein Substitutes and powders:
For a protein shake, we simply add a spoonful of expensive protein powder and milk. However, the normal protein we get from the food sources is high in quality and is even less processed. Better avoid such protein substitutes as they might lead to serious health concerns in the long run.