Thanks to social media and advertisement, which we always believe that they provide correct information.
Meaning of healthy foods and our perception about healthy foods have been changed by advertisements and their influence over us.
We tend to believe “natural” means everything is natural, but that’s not always true.
Lets burst some bubble and see the foods which we believed to be healthy are actually healthy or not?
Nowadays we are so busy that we are moving more towards the packaged and ready to eat food and believing on what we see on the front label, we never try to turn the product and see what’s actually there and what we actually are ingesting on our-self.
1. Masala Oats.
Oats are a healthy source of good and complex carbs, and fiber, but the pre-packed masala oats is another marketing tactic used by companies to promote their product to health conscious and taste lovers.
The pre-packed masala oats contains a high amount of salt, artificial sweeteners and taste enhancers which makes it an unhealthy option.
The salt content is too high and the so-called vegetables are not fresh and the preservatives are also not healthy.
Try and make your own healthy masala oats using fresh vegetables and your own spices from the kitchen and have it guilt free.
2. Packed Soups.
Packaged soups do not contain half of the benefits of the natural soup because nutrition can’t be stored for a long time.
Packaged soups contain a high amount of salt, preservatives and taste enhancers. The preservative which is used to preserve sadly destroys the antioxidant properties of vegetables.
Moreover, the vegetable content is almost negligible and that small scattered pieces of chicken make me doubt are we really eating soup or some corn salt and preservatives.
Try and make your own soup from fresh vegetables and chicken and splurge on it.
3. Protein Bar.
The way going gym has become fashionable same way protein bar has become a style statement.
What are you having?
I’m having “protein bar”!
The producers have also shifted from health product to more like candy bars loaded with artificial sweeteners and taste enhancers.
Take some time to turn the bar and check the ingredients and its nutritional value. There are good protein bars available, be a smart customer and have it.
4. Fruit Juice.
Most of the fruit juice promote themselves as 100% pure fruit juice which is not only fruit juice but also packed with lots of sugar.
Packaged fruit juice has added sugar in them which will spike your blood sugar level.
Try to make your own fruit juice without added sugar and have it moderately.
It’s actually best to have fruits in raw form to take benefits of the fibers which will help in keeping you full for a longer period of time.
5. Low-fat or Fat-free.
The hype for healthy foods has made the marketers come up with low-fat or fat-free products.
Almost all the low-fat or fat-free products are loaded with sugar or some other taste-enhancers to make it as tasty as the original full-fat product.
Sugar and taste-enhancers are not always healthy and good for health. You should not fear fat unless you are having them in more quantity or some unhealthy fats.
6. Diet Soda.
It is another marketing tactic to confuse health conscious people and promote their so-called diet soda for those full sugar sodas.
People think that diet sodas are healthy, but diet sodas are added with lots of additives and artificial sweeteners to bring back the taste.
Excess consumption of artificial sweeteners are actually not good for your health and some are causes of long-term weight gain, obesity, and many other diseases.
7. Energy Drinks.
First of all most of the people who are regular gym-goer or play sports for 1 or 2 hours do not need energy drinks at all.
Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine, artificial sweetener and some amount of electrolytes, and other stimulants.
The caffeine content is too high and the pack itself mentions you should not take more than 2.
If you are taking energy drinks then it can cause long term-weight gain, obesity, and some other diseases due to its artificial sweetener.
Rather than making it everyday affair try to have it once in a while or take it when you are not feeling active to workout.
You should not have it only for the sake of enjoyment or to look cool.