You may think that you’re being good when you pick up that granola bar over a chocolate bar or a yoghurt over that cheesecake, but beware. These food may not be as healthy as you think. In fact you should just be able to look at the long list of ingredients that you can’t even bloody pronounce, to know that the food you’re about to scoff, isn’t what it seems. So which of the foods are the main culprits? Here’s some of the ones I’ve come across.
Most of these bars are no different from sweets in disguise. They have very little fibre, lots of processed carbs, and a ton of sugar. You’re better off donning that apron and making your own. Throw raw oats, chopped almonds, coconut flakes, raisins and a dollop of honey.
No yolks? Utter nonsense. In fact it’s the yolk that is the healthiest part. Egg yolks are an important source of phosphatidylcholine, a nutrient that boosts brain health. As for cholesterol, consider this: half the fat in the yolk isn’t even saturated fat.
Low fat yoghurt
You may want to think twice before eating your favourite strawberry yogurt from now on. The red food colouring — called cochineal extract — found in ice lollies, strawberry yogurt, fruit drinks and even artificial crabmeat is made from the dried ground bodies of an insect called Dactylopius coccus costa. The beetles feed on red cactus berries. The berries’ colour accumulates in the female and its un-hatched larvae before the insects are then collected, dried and ground into pigment. Yuck!
Don’t be duped by the packaging of most supermarket cereals. They usually lack fibre and are loaded with sugar. Stick to the good old fashioned breakfast choices of oatmeal, All bran and Fibre One. Cereals with fewer than 5 grams of sugar and more than 5 grams of fibre per serving should be the only ones that should fall into your trolley.
Farm raised salmon is pumped full of antibiotics and are lower in nutritional value than their wild relatives. Wild salmon on the other hand gets it red colour from an antioxidant in their natural food source, krill. Farmed salmon gets it colour from dye. Yuk again!
Most fruit juice is nothing more than sugar water with a bit of fruit flavouring. For example one cup of apple juice has no fibre, around 117 calories and 27 grams of sugar. You’ll be better off munching on the real thing, not only will you get the real benefits of the fruit but you’ll stay fuller for longer.
Fitlass Final word……
Wherever possible buy fresh as possible, stick to food in its most natural state as possible, buy organic if you can and start reading food labels. I promise you, you won’t go far wrong!