As the importance of eating healthy and organic has risen, so has misinformation on the same. The need to consume fresh, healthy, and unprocessed foods has resulted in various healthy food options. However, these ‘healthy' food alternatives may not be as healthy as you may think.
Various foods marketed as healthy may cause more harm to our bodies than good. Although some of these foods are healthier than traditionally unhealthy foods, they might not provide us with enough nutrients. In this article, we discuss various foods that might appear healthy but do more harm to us than good.
9 ‘healthy' foods that are causing us more harm than good:
1. Granola bars
Granola bars have emerged as a healthy snack but that is untrue. Most granola bars are abundant in butter, sugar, preservatives, vegetable oil, molasses, and other components that have been proven to degrade our health.
2. Veggie chips
Similar to granola bars, veggie chips have emerged as a healthier alternative to chips. However, even baked veggie chips are abundant in sodium, preservatives, etc. They are also cooked to the point that they often lose their nutritive value.
3. Low-fat food alternatives
Low-fat alternatives for milk, yogurt, and packed snacks are marketed as ideal for people who wish to lose weight. However, these foods are still abundant in unhealthy fats and packed with sodium, sugar, corn syrup, or other taste-enhancing unhealthy components.
4. Sports drinks
Sports drinks aim at boosting our energy levels. These drinks achieve this by being abundant in sodium, corn syrup, sugar, and other extremely unhealthy foods.
5. Packed ‘organic' foods
Organic foods are known to be healthy, unprocessed, and safe to consume. In order to make these accessible and delicious, they are packed with preservatives, molasses, sodium, sugar, and other components that cause long-term damage to our health.
6. Whole wheat bread
This might be shocking but whole wheat bread may not be much healthier than white bread. In order to increase their shelf-life and taste, this whole wheat and healthy bread are stuffed with sodium, molasses, and other preservatives that make them unhealthy.
7. Iced teas
Iced teas are considered a much healthier alternative to sodas and other sugary refreshing drinks you might opt for when eating outside. This practice may not be as helpful as you may think. Iced teas are abundant in sugar and other flavourings that help enhance the taste. It is ideal to opt for homemade iced teas.
8. Egg whites
Egg whites are favoured over regular eggs when trying to lose weight. This might reduce your calorie intake but it also significantly reduces the nutritional value of your eggs. You might miss various necessary nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin D, etc.
Couscous has recently emerged as a healthier alternative to white rice, white bread, and other unhealthy fibre-rich foods. However, couscous is not a whole grain. Couscous is semolina grind up to smaller pieces and heavily lacks healthy fibre.
What's the takeaway?
Various unhealthy and low-nutrition foods may be marketed as being healthy and nutritive. Low-fat, baked, and other healthy alternative foods are often abundant in preservatives, sugar, sodium, and other unhealthy components.
If you wish to consume healthy and nutritive food, you must quit packed foods immediately. The best way to ensure you are eating healthy is to consume home-cooked food. Buying fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, etc., and preparing themselves, ensures you eat healthy and nutritional food.
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