It’s especially hard to eat perfectly healthy, but we at least want to be sure that a product will benefit our body.
It was found that many people are mistakenly considering some foods as healthy goodies, while in fact, they only pretend to be healthy!
Today, we reveal these 9 traitors that pretend to be good and healthy foods
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1. Banana Chips
Banana chips have the benefit of containing the same contents of a banana like iron, fiber, magnesium, and potassium.
The bad thing is that manufacturers add sugar and flavor enhancers to these chips that are often deep-fried.
You can simply replace them with homemade banana chips which you’ll cook in the oven and allow air-dry.
As there are many types of crispbread available now, you can often buy snacks that look like crispbread but include harmful oils.
You can avoid these harmful crispbreads by carefully checking the ingredients. Ideally, there shouldn’t be any preservatives, dyes, modified starch, antioxidants, or yeast.
The healthy crispbread consists of coarse whole wheat flour or whole grain.
3. Gluten-Free Foods
Grains contain a protein called gluten, which makes it possible to mix the flour with water.
However, this protein is only dangerous for individuals with gluten intolerance and who are just 1% of the world’s population.
As for everybody else, there is no need to avoid these proteins without a doctor’s notice. In fact, gluten-free products include plenty of refined additives, which only make them more harmful.
You can replace these foods with common bread. Don’t be afraid of it as well as be careful not to eat too much of it.
4. Dried and Candied Fruits
Dried fruits are actually healthy, but they’re treated with sulfur dioxide and fungicides to maintain their color and protect them from the mold.
Candied fruits are even more harmful due to the immense amount of sugar added to them.
You may consider trying to dry your fruits at home, it’s both easy and healthy.
5. Processed Cheese
Processed cheese doesn’t only contain plenty of additives but also a huge amount of sodium.
For instance, if you eat a sandwich including three slices of processed cheese, you’ll get 2/3 of your daily requirement for this component.
Try to replace processed cheese with one of the various types of quality cheese, such as salted cottage cheese.
6. Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Canned vegetables include many additives such as vinegar, barbecue sauce, and other things that are far from being healthy.
Nutrition experts claim that a can of beans, for example, consists of almost 3 tablespoons of sugar!
You should opt for quality vegetables that are freshly canned and that don’t have any preservatives, sugar, or salt. Or even better, you can make your own at home.
7. Starchy Vegetables
Foods like yams, pumpkins, potatoes, pears, and corn contain fewer minerals, vitamins, and fiber, than other fruits and veggies, however, their calorie-content is much higher.
This simply means that you should consume these veggies, just don’t eat too much of them, especially if you’re following a certain diet.
You can replace these stuffy veggies by green, juicy, all crispy vegetables.
Yogurts you find at the stores are known to have little protein and plenty of sugar.
Moreover, the feature of no-chewing-is-needed creates the impression that you’re eating something really light.
It’s recommended to select yogurts that have low sugar content, under 10 g per portion, and high protein content, around 6 g per portion. It can be even better to purchase Greek yogurt and then add fresh fruits yourself.
9. Instant Oatmeal
Oatmeal is widely known for being a healthy food, however, many people don’t realize that the flakes which only need 2 to 3 minutes of cooking don’t have that much benefit.
In fact, the bigger the flakes, the less they were processed and the lower is their glycemic index. So, they’ll bring fewer calories.
As for instant oatmeal, it comes with sweeteners and additives, which are much worse than the smallest flakes.
You should opt for coarsely ground oats. Although they take more time to boil but they have the real benefits you expect to get from oatmeal.
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