Some of the food/drinks we think are healthy for us really aren’t and it isn’t ways our fault. Many times, consumers fall right into the traps of the manufacturers who brand their products to intentionally mislead us. In all things, moderation is key – even with healthier foods/beverages.
Here are some of the biggest culprits!
Nothing beats plain old water, but for some – it’s just a little too uneventful. Be very careful when choosing flavored water. Often promoted as healthier options, many are extremely high in sugar. Some can contain between 9g of sugar to over 20g in a mere 250ml glass, so ALWAYS pay attention to the labels when picking up anything claiming to be better for you. Most do not even contain real fruit flavoring. These brands want your dollars and can be deceptive in the way they go about getting it. For flavored water, why not just try added a few berries or slices of your favorite fruit to water
Fruit is good for you. We all know that and it’s important to get your 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables in every day. However, it is worth noting that a single glass of fruit juice is loaded with sugar. Just 1 glass can be equivalent to eating 3 sugary sweet donuts. So be very careful. A doctor recently advised me that fruit juice is quite possibly one of the leading causes of diabetes because of the _ notion that fruit sugars are healthier than sugars found in soda. The juices are often lacking fiber, so are while the sugars may be different, sugar is sugar is sugar and should be used in moderation.
Nuts are good for you. They are. They boast many health benefits. Great for your heart, for your brain and for prevention of certain diseases BUT should be used sparingly. When speaking about a healthy portion of nuts, it usually shouldn’t be more than a handful. Nuts are super high in calories and fat and when taken in excess will undoubtedly contribute to an expanding waistline. A portion of almonds can contain up to 14g of fat, whereas macadamia nuts and pecans can contain 20/21g. Please bear in mind that these numbers are for plain, unroasted/untoasted nuts. Toppings, oils or any other added extras will greatly increase the fat grammage. So keep the portions small and as plain as possible and you’ll be just fine!
High blood pressure. Water retention. Heart disease. Stroke. We’ve all heard the very real side effects of adding too much salt to your diet. Regular table salt delivers very little benefit to you other than giving your food the desired boost (although most are fortified with iodine). Some salts are promoted as being healthier for you i.e. sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, black salt etc. The jury is still out on whether there are any significant benefits, but they do, even if only slightly, contain a higher content of minerals. All salts are fundamentally sodium chloride should be used frugally. Salt is salt and even unprocessed salt can raise your blood pressure and give you the dreaded bloat-belly. So be warned!
As with all things, do your research and investigate as thoroughly as possible.
-Ayara Pommells (@YahYahNah)