While although many foods may be marketed as healthy many are simply a campaign to make you to pull out your wallet.
So how do you make a smart decision? Choose what is truly healthy?
For example low fat just means loads of sugar. Do a comparison next time you are in the super market. Pick a yogurt that is no-fat and one that is full fat and compare the sugar content. It may shock you!
Nutrition unfortunately is full of misconceptions. Many companies jump onto a fad only to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers just trying to make the healthy choice.
So here are 5 "healthy" foods that may be sabotaging your fat loss...
1. Gluten-Free Foods
The main issue with gluten-free is just that. The only change to a gluten-free food is that gluten is removed. The food may still contains tonnes of sugar along, unhealthy trans and hydrogenated fats, processed carbs, and other hidden chemicals.
In fact some gluten-free options contain more sugar than their gluten containing counterparts. Unless you are a true celiac gluten-free may not be serving you as well as you think.
Now if you are conscious about your gluten-free foods then you can make good choices. Make sure you check the ingredient list for other items that might be trying to hide under the gluten-free umbrella.
2. Trail Mixes
And although some trail mixes can be a healthy go-to most are packed with sugars. M&M's, dried fruits, chocolate chunks, and yogurt pieces are all ingredients that increase a trail mixes sugar content significantly.
To go along with all the sugar and carbohydrates you have a significant serving of fats. Nuts are made up of mostly fats, and although the fats in nuts are considered healthy, it can be very easy to go overboard due to their caloric density.
The combination of high sugars and high fats equals a fat loss sabotaging expert!
When you remove fat from a food it tastes like garbage. The only way to make it taste good is to add sugar or other unhealthy sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. This immediately eliminates any health benefits and instead turns yogurt into a very unhealthy option.
Instead reach for plain full fat yogurt. If a little sweetness is what you are looking for you can either try to cuddle up with your significant other, dog, cat, or teddy bear or simply add a little fruit.
4. Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar and high fructose corn syrup when is fact it is just the opposite. The reason high fructose corn syrup and similarly agave nectar is unhealthy is that it is made up almost entirely of fructose.
Fructose is not metabolized in the body and therefore can cause an array of metabolic issues. This is the reasons that high fructose corn syrup is credited as one of the main culprits in the rise of obesity in North America.
Unfortunately agave nectar is no different.
You may be asking yourself , "but fruit contains fructose so why is fruit considered healthy?". Besides that fact that fruit contains fiber to help offset the sugars, fruit contains fructose and glucose in about a 1:1 ratio.
If you are consuming foods that do have sugars you want to make sure that fructose makes up no more than 50% of the sugar content. This will help reduce your chances of suffering from some of the metabolic repercussions associated with fructose.
Smoothies can either be super healthy or just the opposite. Unfortunately virtually any smoothie you consume outside your home most likely falls into the latter.
The sugar content is smoothies can be amazingly high. Sometimes even higher than soda. Think about it...toss in a few servings of fruit, some fat-free (sugar loaded) frozen yogurt, and finally some delicious tropical juice and you can be looking at 50+ grams of sugar!!
You can still enjoy smoothies just make your own. Add 1-2 servings of fruit, perhaps a vegetable or two, a scoop of protein powder, but most importantly use unsweetened almond, cashew, coconut milk, or even just water as your base. NO JUICE!
Do this and you have a delicious option that will do your body some good.
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