We attach more and more importance to what we put into the basket. That’s good, because healthy eating starts in the store. Unfortunately, we choose often guided by advertising slogans, which should be treated with skepticism. Seemingly healthy products tend to be a tricky food trap, so a careful and conscious choice is an important link in creating the right eating habits. Here is a list of 12 healthy products that, as it turns out, are not healthy at all.
1. Healthy products “fat free”
Fat-free products often seem less tasty because fat is responsible for picking up the taste of the products. In order to increase the clarity, the producers have to add in excess the amount of sugar, flour, salt and thickeners. Unfortunately, it increases their calorific value. “Fat free” products have more carbohydrates, which can affect a balanced diet. It should also be remembered that animal fats are the basis for the synthesis of hormones, and vitamins A, D, E and K will be assimilated only in their presence. Therefore, non-fat products are not at all healthy.
At the same time, rich fat products containing high-calorie fats are high-calorie. Keep healthy, because excessive calories will be deposited in the form of adipose tissue regardless of the nutritional value of this fat for the body.
2. Protein bars – power bars
Protein bars are products that are perceived as a healthier alternative to sweets and a quick snack that supplies proteins. Unfortunately, some producers in the pursuit of fast profit, cut production costs and create bars at the lowest cost. As a result, some of them contain a large amount of sugar, fillers and artificial ingredients. We therefore receive a product of dubious quality. Often the source of carbohydrates in protein bars is glucose-fructose syrup, which is widely recognized as the main cause of obesity. In turn, among fats, trans fat fats are often predominant, which can lead to heart disease, so it is better to avoid them. When buying a protein bar, we advise you to analyze the composition, because it may turn out that the bar contains more sugar than proteins!
3. Isotonic drinks
Most isotonic beverages contain a very large amount of artificial colors and preservatives. It is worth remembering that you do not have to use them for a short workout. They become a necessity during a long-lasting, dynamic effort or during hot weather, when the body is intensely sweating and is exposed to loss of electrolytes. Then you can make a natural isotonic composed of water, honey, lemon and table salt.
4. Wheat bread
Wheat bread is very tricky. This white flour is only short-lived due to its low fiber content. It quickly raises blood sugar levels, but glucose levels fall as fast as we feel as a sudden reduction in well-being. It is much wiser to choose wheat bread from wholemeal flour. It is good to pay attention to the composition, because bread called whole grains has only a small addition of wholemeal flour. The bread can also contain conditioners, preservatives and even aromas and dyes, making bread made of light flour faithfully imitate the appearance of dark bread.
5. Breakfast cereals
Both corn and breakfast cereals for children in the form of “balls”, “pillows” are highly processed products with an incredible amount of sugar in the composition. Popular Granola flakes are real caloric bombs rich in trans fat, which they owe their crunchiness to. In addition, they contain artificial flavors that give flavor and aroma. It does not sound healthy, right?
Yoghurts are a seemingly ideal source of probiotics and calcium. Unfortunately, fruit yoghurts contain large amounts of sweeteners, artificial colors and modified starch, which acts as a thickener. Fruit yoghurts may contain traces of fruit. It is worth knowing that the determinant of good yogurt is the presence of lactic bacteria. If they are not in stock, you can have serious doubts about the rightness of choice.
7. Consuming only egg whites
By consuming only egg whites, you deprive your body of many benefits. Egg yolk contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. They contain the cholesterol necessary for the synthesis of testosterone, which affects the building of muscle mass. It’s a good cholesterol that helps avoid atherosclerotic lesions. In addition, they are a natural source of leucine stimulating the production of growth hormones. Choline contained in it limits the deposition of fats in the liver. It is also a natural source of vitamin D, omega-3 and omega-6, vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, folic acid and many other.
Eating only egg whites is not as healthy as it seems. While your test results are normal, and in the immediate family there is no tendency to atherosclerotic changes, the whole egg is an ideal source of ingredients necessary for proper regeneration.
8. Dried fruits
Unfortunately, dried fruits are healthy products only if we choose them sensibly. Most of them are preserved with sulfur dioxide under the designation E220. Sulfates can cause headaches, nausea, and even breathing difficulties in asthmatics. In addition, products with their addition lose B12. Dried fruits such as cranberry are sweetened to break its natural acidity. They do not belong to healthy products that can be consumed without restrictions.
9. Fruit drinks
Fruit drinks are treacherous. They are a source of vitamins and minerals, but most of them lack the flesh. Due to the low content of fiber they saturate for a short time, and they do not quench their thirst, making it much easier to drink a larger amount, which increases the calorie intake. May contain additional sugar and other sweeteners.
Marine fish due to the content of omega acids, proteins, vitamins and micronutrients is an inseparable element of a healthy diet. However, they should not be consumed more than twice a week. Due to high environmental pollution, they can accumulate heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. Too much intake of marine fish can cause eye, hearing and speech disturbances as well as lack of coordination and muscle weakness.
When buying margarine, please pay attention to whether it has trans fatty acids. Soft margarines for spreading bread may contain them, and their excess in the diet can lead to heart disease. Due to the progress of technology, manufacturers are increasingly labeling their products as free of these fats, but this increases the final price.
12. Rice waflles
It may be surprising that rice wafers are not such a healthy replacement for bread. They have a low fat content and are low in calories, but they do not provide any nutrients or fiber. They can, however, contain sweeteners, artificial flavors to improve the taste.