When it comes to the nutrition and health fields, marketing can definitely be a double edged sword. Today we’ve compiled a list of foods for you that we steer away from and you should too.
While it’s a step up from soft drinks, packaged fruit juice is most likely high in sugar and artificial colors. 1 glass of fruit juice will contain 20g of sugar on average. It is also usually pasteurized, meaning most of the vitamins and beneficial compounds found in fruit become destroyed. Eating a whole piece of fruit is much better for you because you will be taking in fiber that will slow down the sugar absorption. If you really want juice, always go for fresh, cold-pressed juice or a smoothie instead.
Honey and Maple Syrup
An on-going nutrition myth is that unrefined sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar are better for you because they are ‘less processed’ and more ‘natural’. The truth is, your body processes all incoming sugar in the same way. Although honey, for example, does contain small amounts of vitamins and antioxidants, the values are too low for them to have any positive effect on your body. Limiting all sweeteners is the way to better health.
Low Fat Nut Butter
Nut butters are naturally high in calories, and you wouldn’t be saving yourself any calories by choosing low fat options. Low fat nut butters have added sugar, more sodium and trans fats, ultimately doing much more harm to your body compared to the heart-healthy nut fats. If you are afraid of weight gain, you are much better off going for the original nut butters and watching your portions instead.
Homemade granola is a great snack or breakfast option, but store bought varieties can unfortunately be extremely high in processed sugar, fat, and calories. Go for traditional oatmeal for breakfast instead, or make your own granola at home. If you want something crunchy for breakfast, muesli is a better option, since it’s unbaked and does not contain sweeteners or oils.
If you compare flavored yogurt to Greek yogurt, you will find the Greek variety is superior in all health aspects. With flavored yogurt you are getting less than 7g of protein per serving, compared to 15g of protein found in Greek yogurt, not to mention double the sugar content present in flavored kinds. The puree fruit in yogurt is highly processed with almost no nutritional value. Flavor solution: Top plain or Greek yogurt with your favorite fresh fruits and seeds instead.