For all of us getting – or trying to get – healthy, it is of increasing importance that we know the content of the food we put in our bodies. It is important not to take anything for granted, just like these following 9 ‘healthy’ foods.
1. Instant oatmeal.
Even though it’s common knowledge that oatmeal is healthy, only a fraction of the population knows that flakes that take 2-3 minutes to cook aren’t even slightly healthy. The smaller a flake is, the more it’s processed and thus it contains a higher glycemic index. This results in a higher calorie count and it should really go without saying that instant oatmeal with additives also has more calories.
Try looking for oatmeal with bigger flakes. Sure they may take longer to boil, but the wait is worth it.
2. Starchy vegetables.
Starchy vegetables have higher calorie counts and lower amounts of fiber, minerals and vitamins than their non-starchy counterparts. This doesn’t make them specifically unhealthy, but you are still recommended to eat lower quantities.
You should transition to non-starchy (crispier and greener) vegetables, especially if you like to eat vegetables at night.
3. Processed cheese.
This kind of cheese not only has additives, but also an ungodly amount of sodium. Three slices of cheese covers two thirds of your daily requirement for sodium.
Try purchasing unprocessed or cottage cheese.
4. Gluten-free foods.
We all know how bad gluten is for those who have gluten intolerance, but it’s important that those not affected still consume it. You should definitely consult with a doctor first about your body and gluten, but keep in mind that gluten-free foods contain a lot of additives, making them unfit for those who prioritize physical health.
Try eating bread or any gluten containing food, but don’t eat too much.
5. Banana chips.
While they have all the things that make a banana healthy, they also contain additives and sugar. Banana chips are also often deep fried by the producers.
You can try making the chips at home by cooking them in the oven.
This food comes in many forms and varieties. Many of these contain oils that are unsuitable for the body.
You can try reading the ingredients. The product should be free of yeast, dyes, preservatives, antioxidants, or modified starch.
7. Dried and candied fruit.
While dried fruit in essence is healthy, it needs to be preserved and is thus sprayed with fungicide which could deteriorate your health. Candied fruit, as is obvious, has a lot of sugar in it and is worse than dried fruit.
You can always try to dry fruit at your place or get it fresh.
8. Canned fruit and vegetables.
In efforts to sell canned vegetables and fruits, companies add a lot of additives like vinegar. A study has estimated that a can of beans includes around three teaspoons of sugar.
You can buy freshly canned vegetables from a reliable retailer or you can just can the foods yourself.
Store bought yogurt contains too many calories in the form of sugar and not enough protein to satisfy your requirements.
You can try buying yogurts with low sugar content and high fat content, like Greek yogurt.
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