Many food items that had been identified as healthy, are actually unhealthy. At one point people ate Muesli, low fat foods, multi grain products etc to stay healthy and in shape, but studies have now proved that these foods that were tagged as healthy foods are actually unhealthy. Here are few foods that were earlier thought as healthy but have now turned out to be unhealthy.
Most people think that eating a portion of Muesli for breakfast would help you stay healthy and in shape. It is because of this false notion that Muesli is often advertised as a better cereal and is often marketed targeting the health conscious crowd out there. If you are on a diet it’s better you avoid packed Muesli as they provide as much as 500 calories per serving, and contain high fat and sugar content. But yes, it is healthy and can be used as a diet food if it’s homemade. To make it at home all you need is Oats, sunflower seeds and some dried fruits and macadamia nuts. But while you make it at home, you should make sure that you use low amount of fruits and nuts as to keep the sugar and fat content of your Muesli under control.
Anything that is related to fruits and vegetables is considered to be healthy since times immemorial. One of the most popular and tasty snack, Banana chips, though it is made from Bananas are not healthy as it is made by deep frying bananas. A serving of banana contains 10 grams of saturated fat and at least 150 calories. The saturated fat content in it marks a hike in your cholesterol levels and would result in cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetics. On the other hand fresh Bananas are rich in fiber content. It contains almost 422 milligrams of potassium per average serving, while Banana chips contains only 152 milligrams of it. Bananas are fat free and provide 200 calories per average serving while Banana Chips has at least 150 calories.
Most people who are diet conscious or are on a diet, at a restaurant tend to order salads rather than any other food on the menu card. You might be thinking that it’s better than ordering a burger. Salads do help you in maintaining your diet but not always. We as consumers have a tendency to order the most popular food item. At a restaurant, the most popular salad most probably won’t be healthy as it would often be drowned in extra fat and calories. Most chef’s add fats like mayonnaise (which is high in both calories and fat), to make it tastier and this would ruin the very purpose of having a salad. If you are so particular about having a salad at a restaurant while on diet make sure that you enquire the ingredients with which they make it.
Tuna is always recommended as a nutritious food, but recent studies have proved that it is very rich in calories as rice is its main ingredient and is very low in fiber content. It has about 75% calorie level in it. People love to enjoy food, and as to make it more yummy we might end up adding some soy sauce , which increases the intake of salt. Pregnant or breast feeding women should avoid consuming more than six ounces of this fatty fish per week.It is often contaminated with toxins like mercury which can affect your kidney and nervous system.
Whole grains are healthy but multi grain does not contain wholegrain but their not-so-strong counterpart i.e refined grains. Whole grain as the name suggest contains whole of it – namely germ, endosperm and bran. On the other hand refined grains contain only endosperm. Though refined grains are smoother in structure and have a longer shelf life, it is not as good as whole grains. Whole grains are rich in fiber and vitamins which multi grains can’t compensate. If you are still planning to go for multi grain then please do have a look into the ingredient list and make sure that you don’t end up choosing wrong products.
Breakfast cereals, which are being advertised as the healthiest are actually the most dangerous as most of them are made out of genetically modified crops that can badly affect your immunity system. Moreover as to increase their shelf life they are added with many preservatives which are harmful to our health. Artificial flavours like chocolate, strawberry etc. are often added to it as to make it tastier, but these artificial flavours can cause allergies, cancer and headaches.
As and when you see products that are “Fat free” or “Low fat” we tend to buy it because of the term fat free or low fat that is attached to it as we often associate fat with calorie. With the term fat free we also think that they are calorie free. So the problem is that as it is calorie free it won’t be filling, and we finally end up eating other products that are rich in calorie, thus leading to a high calorie intake. Another problem with these fat free foods is that as to maintain the taste these fats are replaced with sugar, which has a greater impact on your health. Most fat free and low fat products are mere gimmicks and marketing techniques.
Microwave popcorn is tasty and at the same time easy to make.Apart from salt, sugar and fat , it contains a chemical called diacetyl, that gives the popcorn a natural buttery taste. Unlike other harmful chemicals in food diacetyl is not harmful when taken orally but inhalation of it can be dangerous. While many popcorn manufacturers have stopped using diacetyl, few other reports show that the coating material – namely perfluorooctanoic acid that is used for making these popcorn bags is also toxic.
Granola though often described as healthy, granola products would better be described as sugar products as they have more of sugar content than fiber. Granola is high in trans fat too. A single bowl of granola has 600 calories which is one third of a women’s daily calorie in take.
Dry fruits are tasty and healthy when they are made at home by drying fruits, but when bought at a shop sugar is added to these to make them tastier. It is a major source of carbohydrate intake. Often sulfur is added to packed dry fruits in the form of sulfur dioxide as it prevent it from browning. People with asthma, allergies, and other breathing problems will easily get effected with the use of sulfur. Then you might ask a question can’t we buy sugar-free dried fruit. Yes, you can but it’s always better to have fresh fruit than dry fruits as it is rich in Vitamins and minerals and is most likely to make you feel full.