4 Foods You Think Are Healthy That Really Aren’t
Popular Belief, much like Common Sense, doesn’t always scream factual correctness or consistency- what with the world having been discovered to be round after all- and it’s always hard to figure out what the experts are going to come up with next. Food suffers the most in this back and forth, with old research used as deception tactics to cover up new research.
As of September 2014, however, the following four foods aren’t doing your body any favours, and we advise you to stop thinking they’re healthy before it’s too late:
1. Dried Fruits
To preserve the fruit and prevent discoloration, some companies add in sulphur dioxide, which can cause stomach pains, skin rashes, and even asthma attacks when consumed. Traces of acrymalide, a nerve damaging chemical, have also been found. However, the seriously worrying bit is the added sugar, which seems to add more calories as the fruit gets dryer, raising the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. About ¼ cup of raisins can contain 4 times the calories in a ¼ cup of real grapes. However, dried fruits promise and deliver fibre, vitamin A, C, and K, as well as calcium, but just aren’t as healthy as their fresh counterparts.
2. Fat Free Products
Contrary to popular belief, lesser fat doesn’t necessarily mean fewer calories (gummy bears). In fact, while less fat in your diet can be a good thing, products with these alluring labels usually come with a secret: When the fat is removed from a product, its sodium and sugar content often increases, as does the thickener and chemical content, all in the name of trying to mimic ‘full-fat flavour’ and ‘mouth-feel’. Like every element in the body, fat has its various uses and functions, and eliminating it all together isn’t a practical aim to have, you should instead be focusing on its various types. For instance, Saturated fats (butter) and Trans fats (vegetable oils) are so-called bad fats, while Unsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids) are considered healthy enough fats.
3. Diet drinks
This probably won’t come as news to most of you, because even a diet soda is still a soda. Unfortunately, what’s frightening is that the substitution of sugars with artificial sweeteners could actually cause weight gain, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease. A 2013 study links an increased risk of developing diabetes – an increase by as much as 22 percent – with drinking one diet soda a day. This happens because these artificial sweeteners create the illusion that you are consuming calories- given the sweet taste-and can thus interfere with the body’s normal response to sugar, thus causing a failure to release the hormones necessary to control blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
4. Energy Bars
The most common version of these Energy Bars is Granola Bars, which are projected as a meal replacement- rather than an addition- for people who can’t find time to sit down for a full fledged meal. They are also extensively used energy boosters for athletes with serious workouts in play. Unfortunately, some energy bars are basically just candy bars, given the amount of high fructose corn syrup, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners and sodium that’s surreptitiously snuck in. They do provide a high amount of protein and/or fat depending on their particular offering, but they pack as much as 350 calories per bar, so they should be avoided unless accompanied with a lot of exercise.