If you’re trying to be more conscious of the type of food you eat, the health food isle can be a confusing place. There are all sorts of ‘healthy’ food alternatives, such as veggie chips or chia puddings, but how do you know which foods are truly good for you, and which foods are just capitalising on the ‘wellness’ trend?
We’ve gathered a few ‘healthy’ foods here and explained why choosing something else might be better.
Gluten-free or high-protein bread
Unless you are gluten-intolerant, buying gluten-free bread, or high-protein bread, isn’t really of much use to anyone. A lot of these breads actually contain more sugar, gums and thickeners than the average old slice of bread. Look for high-fibre instead.
The smoothie has long been thought of as the health drink du jour, however this nutrient-packed drink can actually be full of sugar, and the blended drink can reduce the amount of fibre you are getting.
Most ‘diet’ versions of food replace fat with sugar and artificial flavours, which means they won’t keep you feeling full and aren’t as good for you as the full-fat originals.
Research by public health organisations such as the Heart and Stroke foundation in Canada, World Health Organization and Dietitians of Canada have al found that coconut oil is high in saturated fats and advise limiting its use.
Although anything with ‘vegetable’ in its name sounds healthy, that isn’t always the case when it comes to vegetable chips. These products are often high in calories, sodium and fat and low in nutritional value.
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