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Foods That Ruin Your Health & Sabotage Your Weight Loss- Part 3 of 3

This is the last article in our series discussing foods that are ruining your health. So far we’ve listed some obviously unhealthy foods and some that are not so obvious. Today will largely consist of foods that many people consider healthy but really are not.

The main knock on most of these unhealthy selections is either too much sugar or too many chemicals. If you’ve been following our Group for a long time, you know how much we push “clean” foods and foods that don’t have added sugars. Our digestive system doesn’t know what to do with many of the chemical additives found in processed foods while excess sugar and artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on our gut flora and pack on needless empty calories.

If you learn just one thing from this segment it’s to avoid man-made food additives, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and saturated fats.

𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗜𝗟 𝗠𝗜𝗫𝗘𝗦

Although appearing healthy and tempting, many snacks mixes and sweet-salty-crunchy treats may be convenient, but many available in stores are not truly healthy for you.

For example, many packaged varieties often include sugary candies, seasoned crunchy pieces like pretzels, and fried chips. Some varieties also include highly processed sweeteners, preservatives, and hydrogenated oils, or basically trans fats. Trail mix is a go-to snack for many, especially for those who live an active lifestyle, as it is convenient, light-weight, and will satisfy one’s hunger pangs.

The real health risks of these snack mixes lie in its ingredients, as many snack mixes, including trail mix, is packed with extra salty nuts, sugary fruits like dried bananas and chocolate, that change this once healthy snack into a delicious, but rich dessert. Instead of grabbing a bag of snack mix at the store, go to the bulk section or a health food store and mix and match nuts and berries that are lower in sodium and sugar for your own personal snack mix.

𝗗𝗜𝗘𝗧 𝗗𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗞𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗𝗦

Although labeled as a healthy alternative that will keep you on the right track with your fitness and health goals, diet drinks and foods are not what they appear. Calorie-free beverages such as fruit drinks, slimming shakes, teas, and sodas may help you reduce the amount of calories you consume, however, a majority of these drinks are loaded with chemical replacements for sugar. In fact, research has connected artificial sweeteners used in these products to increasing a person’s cravings for other high-sugar and high-caloric foods. These sweeteners often include aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose, which all carry their own health risks as well, and are 200 to 13,000 times more sweeter than regular sugar.

Besides beverages, a majority of diet foods and drinks are not just packed with artificial sweeteners, but also artificial acids, colors, flavoring, preservatives, vitamins and minerals, and caffeine. For instance, certain acids like citric, malic, and phosphoric, are linked to tooth enamel erosion. Many of these additional chemicals that are included in many diet drinks and foods are related to the development of Type II diabetes and heart disease in numerous studies conducted on patients who consume these products on a regular basis.

𝗟𝗢𝗪 𝗖𝗔𝗟𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗘 𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗖𝗞 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗𝗦

Similar to fat-free and diet foods and drinks, low-calorie snacks can be incredibly deceiving when it comes to the ingredients used in producing these foods. Numerous chemicals can be packed into a tiny 100-calorie package. While low-calorie snacks do offer portion control, unfortunately, many of these snacks are packed with high-sugar and low-fiber processed foods that leave many craving more sugary foods.

Instead of reaching for one of these convenient snacks, try eating wholesome snacks that have either natural sugar or none at all and contain fiber. Examples of snacks include fresh fruit, yogurt, low-fat cheese, and nuts, which will help keep you focused and full.

Speaking of yogurt, some ultra-low calorie yogurts may reduce sugar and fat, but are replaced with artificial sweeteners and thickeners. When in doubt, always read the labels of low-calorie snacks, particularly paying attention to the ingredient list and the sugar, fat, and sodium content in each snack.

𝗦𝗨𝗦𝗛𝗜

Some sushi can be extremely healthy. Other sushi can be extremely unhealthy. If you order a tuna roll with brown rice, you’re safe. However, more exotic rolls, such as anything that features white rice and tempura, can be full of calories, fat, and simple sugars. Sushi’s “spicy sauce” is also made with mayonnaise, which adds a lot of fat content. Always order your sushi with brown rice and avoid anything with too many extras, like fried seafood or spicy sauce.

𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗭𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗚𝗨𝗥𝗧

Frozen yogurt is actually much higher in calories and sugar than you might expect. If you indulge in two cups of frozen yogurt, you’re consuming close to 400 calories and 76 grams of sugar, according to Shape.com. Plus, consumers often load it with unhealthy toppings like sugary syrups and candy. Although you’ve been told that frozen yogurt is full of probiotics, extreme temperatures can lower the amount of probiotics in this dessert.

𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗜𝗡 𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗦

When you’re deciding on a new protein bar or meal replacement bar, take a good look at the ingredients. While protein bars do have a lot of protein, they often also have a ton of calories and sugar. Some protein bars’ nutrition is similar to candy bars. If you’re looking for a decent protein bar, always check the nutrition facts and ingredients list to make sure it’s not teeming with calories and added sugar.

𝗙𝗥𝗨𝗜𝗧 𝗝𝗨𝗜𝗖𝗘

A glass of orange juice can provide essential vitamin C. Unfortunately, it can also provide a lot of unessential sugar and calories. Some fruit juices contain just as many calories as a soft drink, and, if it’s made from concentrate, it’s packed with unhealthy sugar. Even juices that are “100% natural” are often full of unhealthy ingredients. It’s best to eat an orange instead of sipping on a glass of orange juice.

𝗙𝗟𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗬𝗢𝗚𝗨𝗥𝗧

Yogurt does contain probiotics to help digestion, but flavored yogurts are often full of added sugars, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners. The fruit in some flavored yogurts isn’t always real fruit, either.

Greek yogurt topped with real fruit is a good way to ensure that you’re getting essential probiotics without putting tons of sugars into your body as well.

𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗛𝗬 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗭𝗘𝗡 𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥𝗦

Frozen dinner options that are marketed as healthy, like Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones, are not as healthy as they seem. While these meals tend to be low in calories and fat, they are often packed with sodium to add flavor. Lean Cuisine’s five-cheese lasagna also comes with 51 grams of carbohydrates and 14 grams of sugar.

𝙃𝙊𝙋𝙀𝙁𝙐𝙇𝙇𝙔 𝙔𝙊𝙐’𝙑𝙀 𝘽𝙀𝙀𝙉 𝘼𝘽𝙇𝙀 𝙏𝙊 𝙍𝙀𝘾𝙊𝙂𝙉𝙄𝙕𝙀 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝘾𝙊𝙈𝙈𝙊𝙉 𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙈𝙀 𝙏𝙃𝙍𝙊𝙐𝙂𝙃𝙊𝙐𝙏 𝙏𝙃𝙄𝙎 𝙎𝙀𝙂𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏. 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝘾𝙀𝙎𝙎𝙀𝘿 𝙁𝙊𝙊𝘿𝙎 𝙎𝙃𝙊𝙐𝙇𝘿 𝘽𝙀 𝘼𝙑𝙊𝙄𝘿𝙀𝘿 𝘼𝙏 𝘼𝙇𝙇 𝘾𝙊𝙎𝙏𝙎. 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙊𝘽𝙀𝙎𝙄𝙏𝙔 𝙀𝙋𝙄𝘿𝙀𝙈𝙄𝘾 𝙄𝙉 𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙍𝙄𝘾𝘼 𝘿𝙄𝙍𝙀𝘾𝙏𝙇𝙔 𝘾𝙊𝙍𝙍𝙀𝙇𝘼𝙏𝙀𝙎 𝙏𝙊 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝘽𝙊𝙊𝙈 𝙄𝙉 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝘾𝙀𝙎𝙎𝙀𝘿 𝙁𝙊𝙊𝘿𝙎.

𝙒𝙀’𝙍𝙀 𝘼𝙇𝙒𝘼𝙔𝙎 𝙄𝙉 𝘼 𝙍𝙐𝙎𝙃 𝙉𝙊𝙒𝘼𝘿𝘼𝙔𝙎 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝘼𝙎 𝘼 𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙐𝙇𝙏, 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙑𝙀𝙉𝙄𝙀𝙉𝘾𝙀 𝙁𝙊𝙊𝘿𝙎 𝙃𝘼𝙑𝙀 𝙏𝘼𝙆𝙀𝙉 𝙊𝙑𝙀𝙍 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙏𝙔𝙋𝙄𝘾𝘼𝙇 𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙍𝙄𝘾𝘼𝙉 𝘿𝙄𝙀𝙏. 𝙒𝙃𝙀𝙉 𝙁𝙊𝙊𝘿𝙎 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙏𝘼𝙄𝙉 𝙄𝙉𝙂𝙍𝙀𝘿𝙄𝙀𝙉𝙏𝙎 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝘾𝘼𝙉’𝙏 𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙉𝙊𝙐𝙉𝘾𝙀 𝙊𝙍 𝘼𝙍𝙀 𝙇𝘼𝘿𝙀𝙉 𝙒𝙄𝙏𝙃 𝘼𝘿𝘿𝙀𝘿 𝙎𝙐𝙂𝘼𝙍𝙎, 𝙎𝙊𝘿𝙄𝙐𝙈, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙏𝙍𝘼𝙉𝙎 𝙁𝘼𝙏, 𝙅𝙐𝙎𝙏 𝙎𝘼𝙔 𝙉𝙊!! 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝘽𝙊𝘿𝙔 𝙒𝙄𝙇𝙇 𝙏𝙃𝘼𝙉𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙒𝙄𝙏𝙃 𝙂𝙊𝙊𝘿 𝙃𝙀𝘼𝙇𝙏𝙃 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙇𝙊𝙉𝙂𝙀𝙑𝙄𝙏𝙔!

𝙇𝙄𝙑𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝘼 𝙇𝙊𝙉𝙂 𝙇𝙄𝙁𝙀 𝙄𝙎 𝙁𝘼𝙉𝙏𝘼𝙎𝙏𝙄𝘾 𝘽𝙐𝙏 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙄𝙁 𝙔𝙊𝙐’𝙍𝙀 𝙊𝘽𝙀𝙎𝙀, 𝘾𝙊𝙉𝙁𝙄𝙉𝙀𝘿 𝙏𝙊 𝘼 𝙒𝙃𝙀𝙀𝙇𝘾𝙃𝘼𝙄𝙍, 𝙈𝙄𝙎𝙎𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙇𝙄𝙈𝘽𝙎 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝘿𝙄𝘼𝘽𝙀𝙏𝙀𝙎 𝙊𝙍 𝘼𝙍𝙏𝙀𝙍𝙄𝙊𝙎𝘾𝙇𝙀𝙍𝙊𝙎𝙄𝙎, 𝙊𝙍 𝙎𝙐𝙁𝙁𝙀𝙍𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝙀𝙉𝙑𝙄𝙍𝙊𝙉𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏𝘼𝙇𝙇𝙔 𝘾𝘼𝙐𝙎𝙀𝘿 𝘾𝘼𝙉𝘾𝙀𝙍𝙎.

Sources: HealthPrep.comShape.comIndy100.com

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