I’m not referring to cakes and cookies, I’m talking about foods that may not be obviously unhealthy, as well as the more insidious foods that seem like they’d be good for weight loss but are in fact incredibly bad for you. Here are a few foods that may be messing up your healthy diet.
- Processed foods – boxed, frozen, or packaged meals are probably not a good choice. Look out for hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours, and preservatives; a good rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is you probably don’t want to put it in your body.
- Low-fat foods – replacing the fat in products with sugar, sodium, preservatives or other unsavoury ingredients makes low-fat products just as unhealthy. Also, your body needs good fats and there are plenty of foods like avocados or nuts that may be naturally high in fat, but still healthier than a “low-fat” alternative. Rather than trusting in “low-fat” labels, just avoid saturated and trans fats, and stick to monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.
- Diet soda – Just because it has the word “diet” in the name, does not mean this is a healthy choice. Soda in general is bad for you, and although diet soda is calorie free and slightly lower in sugar than regular soda, it has aspartame which is linked to all sorts of nasty side effects. Drink natural juice instead, still high in sugar but it’s natural sugars. OR, and I cannot stress this enough, drink water, drink water, drink water.
- Fruit drinks – but MK, you just said… NO. “Fruit drinks” and “fruit juice” are entirely different beasts. Fruit drinks are pumped full of sugar, preservatives, and additives, and are basically no better for you than soda.