You thought having your favorite dish gives you happiness, but then you get to know that it is full of lies. Honestly, there is a lot of misleading information when it comes to “healthy” foods. Some of the items that we consider our favorite are unhealthy and made up of ingredients that might be harmful to our body. It’s time to get your reading glasses and get some knowledge on such items.
Here is a list of 20 items that you eat regularly but are no less than a lie:
When margarine was rolled out, it was speculated as a healthy alternative of butter. The truth is, it is not healthy. Margarine has trans fats which cause cardiovascular problems to whoever consumes it. On the contrary, butter carries healthy fats.
2 Naked Smoothie
PepsiCo claims that Naked Smoothie has no added sugar. The ingredients containsugar which is equal to the amount of sugar present in a Pepsi can. The marketing was done in such a way that the people thought it was a necessity.
Bananas that we consume today is a result of modification of thousands of years. The banana which is long and slender today is the humans cultivate it manually. The infertile fruit is grown by the methods invented by humans.
4 Veggie Chips
Just because it says “veggie chips” doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not fried like potato chips. Using any method like baking, frying and even cooking them removes the important nutrients from them. If you are craving them, eat them raw or bake their chips at home.
5 Dried Fruit
Dried fruits like mango and pineapple are loaded with sugar. A single serving of dried fruits has 27g of sugar. It has added preservatives that extend their shelf life. Make sure to check their nutrition facts before you buy them.
6 Frozen Yogurt
The natural flavor of frozen yogurt is the healthier flavor option, but it all depends on the toppings. If you load your yogurt with sugar and candy, then it becomes unhealthy as it is as bad as starting with a sugar flavor. The small size of the yogurt doesn’t help when your goal is to remain healthy.
7 Prepared Salads
Don’t let the word “salad” fool you. Prepared salads in the restaurant are doused in salad dressing. This decreases the healthiness of a salad.
8 Microwave Popcorn
Microwaved Popcorn has a lot of bad ingredients. Popcorns prepared using stove or air-popped, is a perfect alternative as you can control the amount of butter and oil while preparing them and be careful about the added trans-fat too.
If you have a craving for something fruity and tangy, then consume a raw fruit because it contains fiber. Juice only has sugar even if the label says 100% juice.
10 Iced Tea
Iced Tea contains a lot of hidden sugar. If you prepare iced tea at home, it should have zero calories. When you buy powdered iced tea from the store- Lipton Iced Tea, you are getting an additional 27 grams of sugar and 100 more calories. Preparing iced tea at home, you will save money and calories.
You must have ordered mango smoothie or strawberry smoothie from the various cafe. The smoothies from stores or restaurants rarely contain real fruit. They are loaded with calories and sugar. However, if you prepare at home, you have control over the ingredients, and you can choose which one to add and which ones to stay away from. Instead of using fruit juice as the liquid base, try different liquids like water, almond milk or coconut water to prevent sudden sugar rush.
12 Instant Oatmeal
Instant Oatmeal contains 32 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of sugar. Instead of going for packed oatmeal, prepare a homemade bowl using 1/3 cup of instant oats. This contains 18 grams of carbohydrates and only 0.37 grams of sugar. Try adding different fruits and vegetables to make your bowl healthy and nutritious.
Companies producing baked goods like bagels have started the trend of “low-carb” products keeping in mind the fear of carbohydrates by health-minded people. However, these items contain artificial sweeteners in high amounts or processed sources of fiber.
14 Diet Soda
Diet Soda is often labelled as a “low-calorie” beverage. They contain saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and other chemical sweeteners. They are harmful as they can still contain phosphoric acid, a chemical which has the ability to corrode bones and teeth.
Everyone loves these crispy and light potato chips. But it turns out that they are not fully made from potatoes. They contain 42% potatoes, and they are in the form of dried flakes. These flakes are then mixed in the dough. It’s infuriating!
Aquafina is produced by PepsiCo. The company came forward and told that the water present in Aquafina comes from a public water source. This implies that you are paying for water that passes through a filtration process for free.
17 Anything “Low-Fat” or “Fat-Free”
According to a study in the UK, foods labelling themselves as low-fat or fat-free contain 40% more sugar and 10% more calories. When the fat is added to any food item, it automatically gives the flavor. So, when the fat is removed, the flavor is lost. The companies add additional sugars and fats to make up for the lost fat.
18 “All Natural” Food Items
Foods claiming that they are “all natural” is untrue. Foods made with artificial colors, chemical sweeteners, and preservatives consider themselves as “all natural.” This is used by large junk food corporations which mislead consumers to think that their products are healthier.
19 Foods containing “High Fiber”
Foods boasting about “high fiber” content generally have processed forms of fiber. They have added fibers in the form of oat fiber, polydextrose, and chicory root fiber which doesn’t have the same impact as compared to the fibers naturally occurring in the foods, and this may cause gas and bloat. It’s better to look for seeds, beans, whole grains, and vegetables for your fiber intake without making your stomach upset.
20 Red Snapper
In the name of Red Snapper, people have been buying other fish. It has been stated that this fish is substituted with 28 other species of fish.