Yes, food can be deceiving. Sometimes you think you have chosen the right kind of diet for you, but here I ask you to think again. Sometimes by selecting a certain type of food, you are not moving towards a healthier choice but are only adding or switching to rather more harmful macronutrients.
So this article will provide you with a list of seven foods that look like a healthier choice but in fact are not.
- Multigrain/Wheat Bread
No, multigrain and wheat does not necessarily mean more vitamins or nutrients. Whole grain is more beneficial for health than multigrain bread because during the processing most of the essential nutrients are removed. If your label says ‘’ whole wheat’’ only then it means that it contains all the special nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Then that wheat can be called 100% pure whole grain wheat.
- Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is very beneficial if you add it to your diet plan because it provides a lot of proteins, vitamin E, mono, and poly saturated fats. The reduced fat peanut butter has more sugar content. Both provide the same amount of calories so why go for added sugar stuff. While choosing peanut butter, you should look for the one which has more peanuts and reduced sugar and oil content.
- Vegetable Pasta
Vegetable pasta mostly contains more pasta than a vegetable. Some use dried vegetables that may add color to the dish but do not bring any nutritional value with it. The key is to control the portion size. People add some steamed frozen vegetables because they feel guilty of eating pasta alone.
- Energy Bars
Energy bars may give you a quick energy boost, but they are very unhealthy. It is because they contain a high content of sugar and saturated fats. We all need and crave for energy bars once in a while, so it’s better to look for the ones that are less in sugar and have at least 3 grams of fiber, between 5 and 10 grams of protein.
- Veggie Chips
Vegetable chips are mostly made from potato starch or corn flour and have very less vegetables. People think they are healthier because they contain vegetable and not potato. All you can do is to make thinly sliced baked potatoes and baked carrot chips too.
- Gluten-Free Products
If you go gluten free, that won’t give you a healthier diet unless you have gluten intolerance. You will end up eating more calories and sugar. It is better to focus on the whole foods rather than processed food.
- Frozen “Ice Cream” Desserts
Frozen desserts often replace fats with artificial sweeteners that are very harmful to health. They also cause you to feel less satisfied after eating a portion of it, and you tend to eat more and more of it. You end up in getting more calories, sugar, and fats.
The point of the discussion is that one should maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.