Everybody knows that, if we want to lose weight and become healthy, we have to cut the junk out of our diet. However, there are quite a few healthy foods that are filled with calories, sugars, and fats. This is why it is so important to also focus on serving size, even when it comes down to salads, yogurts, nuts, and fruits. In fact, a lot of people unwittingly sabotage their own diet by gorging on things that are considered to be healthy, but that will also make them fat. So what are some of the healthy things that you need to take it easy with?
1. Breakfast Cereal
Your breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that is a given fact. One quick stroll through the breakfast aisle at your local grocery store will show you hundreds of different products proclaiming to be super healthy, fortified with all sorts of goodness. So they must be good for you, right? Wrong, because they are actually filled with sugar and will set you up for failure.
They are usually loaded with sugar and refined carbs, which are some of the most fattening ingredients in existence. Starting your day off with a processed cereal will spike your blood sugar and insulin levels. When your blood sugar crashes a few hours later, your body will call for another snack high in refined carbs.
Avocado is a true super fruit. It is packed with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, everybody should eat avocado regularly to look after their own health. However, avocado is also filled with fat so it is important that you eat it with extreme moderation.
Avocados are high in fat and calorically dense. One serving size is about 1/5 of an avocado, and clocks in at 50 calories, and a single avocado can deliver more than 350 calories. This means that the small bowl of guacamole you enjoy so much is more than a snack—it’s actually getting closer to a whole meal.
3. Agave Nectar
For years, we have been told that if we must eat sugar, we should replace it with something natural like agave nectar. While it is certainly true that agave nectar is a lot less unhealthy compared to sugar, it doesn’t mean that it is actually good for you. And another thing that has happened is that many people feel that, because they are not using sugar, they can make things sweeter, thereby actually increasing their consumption of sweet things. When it comes to agave syrup, it may surprise you that it is actually worse for you than sugar.
One of the main problems with sugar is that it has excessive amounts of fructose, which can cause severe metabolic problems when consumed in excess. Whereas sugar is about 50% fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup about 55%, Agave contains even more… up to 70-90%. Therefore, gram for gram, Agave is even worse than regular sugar.
4. Baked Beans
Baked beans are controversial, and scientists simply do not seem to agree on whether they are good for you or not. Some say that they are so nutrient dense that they are one of the only food groups that someone could literally survive on, others say they should be cut from our diet completely.
Beans are awesome because they’re so high in fiber and are a plant-based source of protein. But baked beans—particularly the canned kinds in all flavors—can also be extremely high in sodium, sugar, and additives.
The truth is in the middle with baked beans, therefore. Make sure you check the label.
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