Top 10 unhealthy products you think are healthy
Many of us have already realized all the benefits of healthy eating. However not everyone has enough time to cook healthy meals every day. Naturally, in a grocery store we are looking for ready-made meals which seem to be healthy. Unfortunately, many of them don’t belong under the health food category and are harmful for our bodies.
- 10 – Banana Chips
- 9 – Granola
- 8 – Energy bars
- 7 – Fat-free yogurts
- 6 – Sports drinks
- 5 – Smoothies
- 4 – Frozen fruits and vegetables
- 3 – Nuts and peanut butter
- 2 – Dried fruits
- 1 – Sushi
10 – Banana Chips
You may think that banana chips is a healthy alternative to potato chips that contain a lot of starch and artificial supplements. Besides, banana chips quickly fill the stomach and give us more energy.
Many people wrongly believe that banana chips have less calories than potato chips. A fresh banana (100 g) contains about 89 calories but banana chips have significantly more – at least, 519! All dried fruits are devoid of water and what is left from fresh fruits is only carbohydrates. When you eat 100 grams of chips, you get third or even half of daily carbohydrate intake. It means that you risk to gain weight.
9 – Granola
A myth imposed on us by TV makes us believe that granola for breakfast is a healthy start of the day. Girls who follow a healthy diet prefer to have granola for breakfast. They are available in every deli and don’t require much time to prepare them.
However, if you take a look at the list of ingredients, you will find:
- dried fruits
- puffed rice
A less caloric meal is oats cooked with water. Oatmeal contains 14 grams of carbohydrates and granola contains 61 grams. The difference is evident. Also note that some brands add fats to granola and in combination with carbs it is a sure way to gain weight and accumulate cholesterol in your vessels.
Diabetics should be especially cautious with granola as honey, sugar or dried fruits can increase glucose level in blood. You can as well make oatmeal and add nuts and other ingredients that are acceptable for you.
8 – Energy bars
If you still believe that energy bars are good for your health then marketing specialists should be given a bonus to their salaries. Some girls eat those bars instead of meals in the hope to lose weight. Some people eat them after a training during a carbohydrate window.
The truth is that such bars are contraindicated to people who want to lose weight and to those who follow a healthy lifestyle, in general. They won’t add muscle mass to your frame but only fat and water. 50 grams of a bar contains about 212 calories. The same as as any healthy meal. These bars contain mostly fast carbohydrates. Fast carbohydrates is the first thing to avoid if you want to keep to a healthy eating.
We also have a mass production of protein bars and they are available not only in sporting goods but also in supermarkets. And girls striving to be fit and beautiful buy and eat them. True, protein bars contain more proteins than other bars such as Snickers or Mars. But they also have an untold number of carbohydrates. So the bars are as beneficial as they are harmful.
By the way many brands even the most reliable ones tend to exaggerate the truth. So, don’t be surprised that you are still gaining weight. Avoid or limit consumption of these bars and you will see the difference.
7 – Fat-free yogurts
This is a go-to night meal for many girls and women who want have an ideal shape. If you see a label on yogurts 0% of fat, it doesn’t mean yogurt does not contain fast carbohydrates (sugar). Read the list of ingredients before buying it. To make fat-free yogurt taste passably, brands add several additives. Choose plain yogurts because fresh fruits in yogurts is a myth.
Besides fat-free or low-fat products can only increase your appetite. We are eating these products and think that they have so few calories, it won’t do any harm to eat some more. As a result we eat a lot of food during a day.
6 – Sports drinks
Brands add to their sports drinks huge amounts of color and flavor additives and sugar. To make their drinks homogeneous, they add stabilizers and preservatives. However it doesn’t mean that you should avoid all sports drinks. You will want to use them after intensive trainings to restore carbohydrate and fluid-and-electrolyte balance.
If you are not a professional sportsman, then sports drinks are absolutely useless for you. Salt in these drinks will accumulate in your body and it will naturally lead to weight gain.
5 – Smoothies
A smoothie is a drink with fresh fruits or vegetables and greens. Store bought smoothies contain a lot of sugar and fructose which makes this drink even more fattening. We all know that much sugar is not beneficial for our health.
They add color and flavor additives to store bought smoothies. Besides, it’s near impossible to keep fruits fresh in a plastic bottle. It is easy to guess how many unhealthy ingredients there are in this “healthy” drink.
4 – Frozen fruits and vegetables
People who follow a healthy and balanced diet prefer frozen vegetables during a cold season. Frozen vegetables are pre-cut and pre-washed so it’s extremely easy to cook them and have a low-calorie meal.
However, you should be aware that grocery stores do not always follow storage temperature rules and this is crucial for frozen vegetables to preserve the vitamins. During transportation, frozen fruits and vegetables start to thaw and then they get frozen again. Vegetables and fruits are devoid of many vitamins after refreezing and what is left is only dietary fibers (we need them for good metabolism). Vegetables and fruits that have been frozen for several years lose their nutritional value.
3 – Nuts and peanut butter
Nuts and foods containing nuts (peanut butter) contain healthy fatty acids. They have a beneficial effect on our immunity and biliary tract functions. They decrease cholesterol in the vessels. However, you should be aware that you can have only one small handful of nuts a day (logically, men can have more nuts than kids).
100 grams of nuts may contain 555 to 650 calories. This is third of daily calories intake for an average woman. Many people can’t stop when they start eating nuts but they shouldn’t! Large amount of nuts can be harmful for your health. People suffering pancreatitis and other gastrointestinal disorders should be especially careful with eating nuts.
2 – Dried fruits
Dried fruits contain a lot of fats carbohydrates. In 100 grams of raisins there are 66 grams of carbs which is more than in white bread (48 grams per 100 grams of bread). Besides, we typically eat many dried fruits at a time. We believe that that dried fruits are healthy and we don’t restrict ourselves.
In dried fruits production they sulfur and large quantities of sulfur can contribute to negative consequences for our health. More sugar can be added to certain fruits and consequently, dried fruits are even more caloric. Labels often hie this fact. As a result, when we eat dried fruits, we only harm for our health and our body.
1 – Sushi
The main ingredient in sushi is rice. We do not doubt the fact that rice is healthy food (complex carbohydrates after all). However, not all rice is useful. Many types of rice are rich in starch which is a sure way to obesity. Starchy rice is the cheapest and is used to make sushi or rolls.
Mayonnaise or fat cream cheese is added to many rolls. Philadelphia cheese is much too costly today and chefs replace it with a cheaper alternative. Fish in sushi is also far from healthy because it is mostly oily fish. And if you ordered sushi with raw fish, don’t forget about the health risk from parasites. The same is true for all raw seafood.
Soy sauce contains much salt. We have mentioned earlier that salt is one of the reasons of edema. You may notice that when you eat sushi, later you are always thirsty. Do not blame fish, it’s our body trying to restore fluid-and-electrolyte balance that was destructed by soy sauce. Extra salt is deposited in the joints and with time they cannot properly function.
If you prefer sushi with tuna, then you risk suffering from mercury poisoning. World ocean waters are heavily contaminated and poisoned fish is used later to make sushi. Avoid eating tuna if you are pregnant. Fish for sushi is typically farm-raised fish which means that thousands of fishes were crowded together in a small enclosures. They were fed with antibiotics. So salmon in your sushi is not a healthy choice.
This said, it doesn’t mean that you should start grow and eating your own foods. Just be picky and attentive when you buy foods in a supermarket or make an order in a restaurant. And Bon Appetit!