Healthy Foods has become a popular topic over the last few years. So much so, that food companies have caught on by exploiting our desire to consume healthier foods. Clever marketing campaigns and schemes parade certain foods as healthy alternatives, when, in fact, they are no healthier than their processed counterparts. By educating yourself, you can make the right decisions during you trip to the grocery by avoiding these foods:
- Butter Substitutes: Margarine and other butter substitutes are advertised as being healthier, but the fact is they are often far worse than butter itself. They typically contain trans fats, emulsifiers, preservatives, and other unhealthy ingredients.
- Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame and other similar artificial sweeteners increase appetite and induce fat storage. Artificial sweeteners also cause the formation of methanol, a substance that can negatively impact proteins and DNA in the human body.
- Store-bought Trail Mix: Trail mixes are often advertised as high-energy, healthy snacks. While this can be true if you make your own with particular components, the store-bought varieties are often loaded with high-sugar ingredients.
- Frozen “Healthy” Meals: The ease of these microwavable “healthy meals” makes them appealing, but generally they are loaded with sodium and cheap ingredients.
- Granola: Granola is packed with calories from added sugar and oil. In conjunction with the high carbohydrate content, granola is no longer a “healthy” food. Swap it for whole grain oats, with a dash of cinnamon instead.
- Store-bought Smoothies: Smoothies, even the “healthy” varieties, can easily pack a whopping 700-1000 calories. The simple sugars from the fruit and syrups can add up quick. Make your own instead. At home it’s easier to monitor what you put in, and what you’ll get out from it.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the “health food” marketing. Preparing whole foods at home is always the healthiest option when it comes to eating. If you do opt for store-bought, pre-made heath foods, at least check the label first.