• Izzy Grussgott

"Healthy" Foods You Should Actually Avoid

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Most people believe that if foods are green or labeled "reduced fat", then they are healthy. This is absolutely not the case. Many foods that are considered healthy are actually just the opposite. In this article, I am going to list 5 healthy misconseptions and what to eat instead.

  1. Pre-made smoothies - Usually, fruit juice is used as a base of the smoothies instead of actual fruit. This causes them to be high in calories and added sugars. Alternative: make your own smoothies using real fruits and vegetables.

  2. Fat-free or reduced-fat peanut butter - Fat-free and reduced-fat peanut butter have about the same amount of calories as regular peanut butter since they include large amounts of added sugars to make up for the missing fat. Alternative: natural peanut butter with ingredients that contain no added oils, cane sugar, or trans fats.

  3. Frozen meals - Most frozen meals emphasize that they are low-calorie. They may be low-calorie, but they don't have good amounts of vegetables and whole grains, which makes you hungry shortly after eating them. They also have high amounts of sodium to stay fresh, causing bloating. Alternative: make healthy meals that are quick and easy, like hummus with chicken and veggies.

  4. Diet sodas - Even though diet sodas have less calories and sugar, the sugar substitutes can cause bloating and gas. Diet sodas can actually promote overeating causing weight gain, and other future problems. Alternative: seltzer, iced tea (depending on the brand), and water (obviously) are some of the many healthier alternatives. I've also been really into Kombucha lately, which is a fermented tea drink that contains probiotics. The fermentation makes it fizzy, and it has about the same feeling as drinking soda would.

  5. Fat-free Salad dressing - It is actually better to have regular salad dressing BECAUSE they contain fat. One of salads' great components is that they contain fat-soluble vitamins. As a result, if there is not a source of fat present in the salad like the dressing, there is nothing for the fat-soluble vitamins to absorb into. This means that your body won't be getting the full amount of those vitamins. Alternative: use regular salad dressing with low amounts of added sugar.

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