To “Eat Healthy” is an important part of staying healthy. But what if, the foods you are eating are not good for your health? The food companies have marketed their food to a great extent, but don’t get fooled. The food being advertised under the label of healthy may be containing empty calories behind the veil of nutritious food. Let us discover the foods that actually are not healthy and should be avoided.
- Veggie Chips
If you are eating a lot of veggie chips thinking that you are actually filling your plates with vegetables, then stop now. Do not get fooled by the label; these veggie chips are potato chips that have been mixed with dehydrated vegetable powder. If you don’t believe us, then carefully observe the ingredients listed and figure out what “veggies” are present in the healthy food bag. To help you out with reading the ingredient list, let us tell you that ingredients lists are organized such that the top of the list includes those ingredients that contribute more to the food and then as you go down the list, those ingredients are mentioned which contributes less. So, by scanning the ingredient list, you can get the idea of what your veggie chips actually are.
You can get more inside on how healthy the veggie chips are, by comparing the total calories, fat, and sodium mentioned on the chips bag with regular potato chips.
- Food Replacement Granola and Protein Bars
Eating these bars is similar to loading up on candy bars. These bars are marketed as healthy options, but the calories and the amount of sugar in these bars are far more than you should be taking. Do check the label before taking in these bars for a snack. You should go for those food bars that contain whole grains, healthy fats, proteins, and minimum or no sugar.
These chips contain as many calories as some other fried chips. So calories of Pita chips and pretzels are same as potato chips unless they are truly whole-grain. Also, they don’t provide enough nutrition for the calories. If you are stocking up on Pita Chips, then select the whole-grain and limit yourself strictly to the correct portion size.
The bottled smoothies are full of sugar and lack any actual fruit. Their fruity flavor is because of added syrup.So if you want to stay away from full-fat ice cream which is used as the primary ingredient in smoothies available in the market, then make your smoothies at home.
- Rice Cakes
Rice Cakes are refined carbs in disguise, which are marketed cleverly as dieter’s best friend. These cakes have no protein or healthy fat which will leave you tired, exhausted and even hungrier shortly afterward. If you do not want to skip rice cakes then at least take them with peanut butter.
- Frozen Dinners
The Frozen meals are tiny and may not be high in calories. The meals are loaded with sodium, and three of them are enough to feel satisfied and full. But if you end up overeating, then it is not “healthy.”