It is likely that the health food aisle is your favorite supermarket aisle if you are trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that going there may actually making you put on more weight. First of all, it is important to realize that most food manufacturers are not in the business of making you healthy but rather in making money. That is why many will sell you things that look and sound attractive and that even get you addicted to them so that you keep buying more. Meanwhile, a recent Penn State University study demonstrated just how bad the healthy food aisle is for your health.
The results of the study showed that restrained eaters consumed more food when it was branded with fitness, that the effect held when the food was presented as dietary permitted rather than dietary forbidden, and that restrained eaters were less physically active after consuming fitness-branded food. In fact, the more fitness-branded food restrained eaters consumed, the less active they became.
So what are some of the foods that you thought were healthy but are actually damaging your health?
Juices and Smoothies
This is one that always surprises people the most. They think that these drinks are just little bottles of mashed up and blended fruit, so they must be good for them. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
Even though they’re packed with healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, juices—even green ones—are loaded with sugar. Juicing extracts all of the fiber in fruits and vegetables that help you feel full and condenses a large amount of sugar in one small bottle that’s too easy to drink in one sitting.
A truly healthy juice or smoothie will contain less than 15 grams of carbohydrates for each serving. Additionally, the best contain mainly veggies and only a single serving of fruit.
Pita chips are a firm favorite for people who like to munch on crispy snacks but want to avoid the high levels of saturated fats that regular chips and crisps offer. They assume that pita chips are healthier because they have been baked, not fried. Sadly, this does not make them healthy.
No matter how they’re prepared, many are made with enriched wheat flour, a refined grain with next to nothing in fiber or the other nutrients found in whole-grain flour.
If you must eat pita chips, then try to find those made from wholegrain flour. Alternatively, you could decide to make your own.
Most people know that most cereals aren’t really healthy. Nobody who wants to get healthy, for instance, will eat Lucky Charms with their chemical colors and tons of sugar. As a result, people will turn to cereals that proclaim to be ‘fortified’ with vitamins, minerals and other healthy ingredients. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea.
Many cereals aren’t nutritious – even the self-proclaimed “healthy” ones. Cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios and Raisin Brain, for example, contain as much sugar as Fruity Pebbles. To produce those cute flakes of corn, manufacturers inadvertently destroy many of the original vitamins and minerals; to compensate, companies add synthetic ingredients to fortify the cereal.
There are many more ‘healthy’ foods that will actually damage your health. These include granola bars, veggie chips, gluten free snacks, quinoa pasta, multi-grain bread, and nut butters. Therefore, there is a chance that you will now have to revisit your entire shopping list, removing all the foods you thought were healthy but were actually damaging your health. And always remember to not blindly trust the label, but to do some research in terms of what is really in your chosen food.