It’s not fair. Here we are trying to eat health, but are actually be tricked and are only making things worse. Like diet soda. How many studies have now come out stating how bad it is for us. Apparently it’s worst than drinking a regular one. Great. What are we to do? I watched this show called, That Sugar Movie, where this guy supposedly was supposedly eating “healthy”, but becomes more unhealthy!
“Food isn’t inherently healthy or unhealthy, it’s the habitual choices that you make over time that determine how healthy your diet is,” says Shahzadi Devje, a Toronto-based registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. “Food is fuel and you shouldn’t feel guilty about what you eat.”
Devje mentions 5 foods that are widely regarded as healthy choices but in fact are really unhealthy.
Unless you suffer from celiac disease, gluten-free foods and snacks are not a healthy choice. In addition, a study published in 2017 in the British Medical Journal found that people who cut out gluten unnecessarily put themselves at higher risk of cardiovascular issues because they avoided eating heart-healthy whole grains.
When it comes to healthy restaurants or to-go options, not many foods get as good a rep as salad — and for good reason. Done properly, a salad will offer you a wealth of nutrient-dense ingredients that are part of a well-balanced diet. Unfortunately, unless you’re preparing that salad at home and you’re aware of every ingredient going in it, there’s a very good chance that it will harbour a lot of unnecessary fats, calories and salt.
This is a popular on-the-go snack, but while it’s long been perceived to be a natural and healthy option, pre-packaged varieties of trail mix are anything but. “There’s an excess of sugar and preservatives in packaged trail mix that will actually only work to exacerbate your hunger and make you overeat at your next meal,” Devje says.
It can be difficult to add variety to breakfast, and in general, oatmeal is a good choice. But if you’re buying instant oatmeal, you’re not doing yourself any favours because those flavoured packets are full of sugar.
“Oatmeal is a whole grain that’s high in fibre and will keep you full longer. It’s also great for regulating blood sugar levels and cholesterol. But the flavoured oatmeal with added sugar won’t do any of those things.”
The fat-free movement was arguably the biggest health craze of the 20th century, and it was also one of the most misguided. (The going belief is that the sugar industry was actually the one to spark it.) Devje says it’s always better to go for a full-fat product occasionally versus eating fat-free all the time.
Hope that helps. Looks like we could use all we can get!