There are all kinds of stereotypes about food that exist in any society. People whole heatedly believe in some products health benefits, although there’s often zero evidence to back them up. What’s worse, some of the most promoted foods can in fact harm you. Today you’ll get acquainted with 10 foods better avoid by all means.
Unless you’ve pressed your juice yourself or seen it made in front of your very eyes, don’t drink fruit juices. Despite what you heard about them, the abundance of vitamins, health benefits and so on, the truth is a bit different. Store broad juices may contain some real fruit, but most of their content is water, sugar and artificial flavoring, even if you see the labels not from concentrate or 100% pure, don’t let this fool you. Juice after being squeezed from different fruits, is kept in huge vacuum sealed tanks, which can sit for up to a year, before being packaged, and by that time the Juice has lost all its flavor, which is why manufactures after add artificial flavoring to make it taste fruity again. This refers to all juices you can find at the supermarket. The most expensive and low quality are alike, they contain only sugar water artificial dyes and fruit flavor.
2. Energy bars
Unless you’re an athlete who requires a high protein intake and has to eat every 3 hours, these bars won’t be of any use to your health, their ingredients are in anything you can get from a normal food. Yes, they are higher in protein than chocolate bars, but they still contain plenty of unhealthy ingredients; sugar, artificial flavors and sweeteners, even white flour can all be found in a single energy bar. If you scrupulous and love reading nutrition labels, you can find energy bar types that are way healthier than others, but in any case, you’re better off spending money on real food.
Our childhood and adulthood, let’s be honest favorite food, and when it’s been pushed on us our whole lives as part of a nutritionally balanced breakfast and the only way to start your day, is nothing more than a marketing ploy. In most cases though, these cereals are loaded with refined carbohydrates and sugar, even if the label assures you that it’s fat free and whole grains. Breakfast cereals still contain a teeny-tiny amount of whole grains, which allows producers to mark their product as healthy. What’s more, manufactures add some synthetic vitamins to the mix, none of which do your body any good whatsoever.
Thanks to mass advertising, many people believe that margarine is a healthy alternative to butter, but yet again that’s so not true. Margin is a highly processed product that’s made to taste like butter, but it’s chock full of artificial ingredients. What’s even worse, this fake butter is typically made from industrial vegetable oils, hydrogenated to become solid, a process that significantly increases the oils trans-fat content. Yet manufacturers can technically label their product as zero trans-fat if it contains less than a half a gram of the stuff per serving, but half a gram is still a substantial amount, and it can cause harm to your health.
5. low-fat yogurt
Nowadays everybody knows that yogurt is a healthy nutritious product, and that’s mostly true, the right yogurt can be extremely wholesome most store-bought varieties are useless, and even dangerous for your health, especially those labeled low fat. The thing is that manufactures load these yogurts with sugar to make up for the lack of taste usually provided by the natural fats, that means that the yogurt initially had healthy tasty fat, but after its removal, producers have to replace it with something much worse, and despite common believe, most yogurts don’t contain probiotic bacteria since the process of pasteurization kills all those microorganisms.
6. Ice cream
Back in the days, ice cream is made with egg yolks, cream sweeteners, like organic maple syrup, and pure vanilla extract as a natural flavoring, and it was indeed one of the healthiest deserts you could find. unfortunately, today’s ice cream is an absolutely different product, consisting of synthetic ingredients instead of pure milk or cream, manufactures use cheaper hydrogenated fats, such as palm or coconut oil. On their own, these oils are pretty healthy, but after they’ve been heated and infused with metal catalyst to solidify, remember that the become nothing more than trans-facts, and when consumed, they can cause high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease, and even cancer. Ice cream is also loaded with sugar, synthetic preservatives and artificial flavors, and if it’s pink, purple, or red it’s most likely been colored with cochineal extract or carmine, additives which can cause bad allergic reactions.
But aren’t they one of the best foods out there, full of proteins, minerals and antioxidants? How on earth can they be bad for you? Well, to put it bluntly easily, one egg contains as much cholesterol as a big greasy burger. Although this is so called dietary cholesterol, because it’s just a 10% increase in blood cholesterol levels, it still damages your arterial lining.
8. Microwave popcorn
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It’s delicious, mouthwatering, flavorful and absolute nightmare for your health. Let’s start with the bag, it’s almost always lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, and yes, it’s as scary as it sounds. This is the same toxic substance you can find in Teflon pans, one of the worst things about this stuff, is that it stays in the human body, and the environment for an extremely long time, not to mention the EPA has listed it as a carcinogen. Popcorn also has some genetically modified ingredients as well as taste boosting chemicals and additives, which can lead to health problems. Even more, popcorn is extremely caloric, salt, sugar, caramel and oil added to your favorite snack can result in problems with excess weight or even obesity. If you want to stay healthy, and enjoy the benefits of eating real popcorn as an additional source of some nutrients and fiber, stop buying microwavable bags from the store, and make it at home with a popcorn machine.
9. Sugar-free candy
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These candies seem like the perfect option for those who have a sweet tooth want to cut down on their sugar intake. But are sugar free sweets really as great as they’re presented to us? The thing is that, if candy doesn’t contain sugar, it contains artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. These substances are chemically processed, and may cause some serious side effects, for example, saccharine can increase your sodium levels and aspartame can lead to migraines, and even if candy is sugar free, it still candy, this means that it’s still high in fat, carbs and calories. For instance, sugar free chocolates can be high in saturated fats thanks to the cocoa butter in them.
10. Diet soda
Well, diet soda can save you up to 140 calories compared to that none died variety but there’re more important things than calorie content. First of all, diet soda contains artificial sweeteners whose flavor is more intense than that of real sugar. So, if you consume a lot of diet drinks, it’ll dull your taste perception over time, and naturally sweet products like fruit, won’t seem sweet any longer, not to mention artificial sweeteners can easily lead to weight gain as the trigger the production of insulin, which makes your body store fat. If you drink just one diet soda per day, you have a 36% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. and lastly after some time, your smile can be seriously ruined as the citric acid contained in diet soda, weakens and destroys tooth enamel.