Ever wondered why you’ve been eating the healthiest of foods yet you still don’t look your best? Maybe it’s because you indeed are what you eat.
Many studies say that if a certain kind of food is healthy and works well for a person, it doesn’t mean it will go well for others. As much as we like to eat what’s best for us, food can be a little tricky.
But you are confident that you are eating healthy, right? It is quite common for people to judge the harm and benefits of particular food wrongly. Fruit, low-fat, and root crops--they certainly don’t sound like they could damage your health. However, these types of food are actually the examples you are about to read.
You might be thinking this article is absurd. Bananas are a very healthy bunch of fruits, not to mention one of the most delicious.
Bananas have 3 grams of fiber per 188 grams of their average size. They contain 33% vitamin B6, 9% potassium, 11% vitamin C, and 8% magnesium, all of which are in accordance with the reference daily intake (RDI).
However, bananas consist of mostly carbs. Almost 93% of their 105 calories come from carbohydrates. What’s more unfortunate is that bananas are loved because of their sweet taste and soft texture when they’re yellow, yet they’re healthiest when they are still greenish. Unripe bananas contain a healthy kind of starch that turns to sugar as the fruit ripens.
When you’re craving for a snack, fruit is an excellent alternative to junk food. But instead of choosing bananas, try to pick an apple or an orange. Better yet, try a healthy snack delivery that will provide you with good options that are good for both your body and your taste buds.
Processed low-fat foods
You’re going to have a party tonight, and you’re now on the way to the grocery store. You list down everything you need: chips, drinks, pizza, etc. You’re watching your weight, so you carefully note that you are buying “low-fat” on their labels.
It is very common for people to highly consider low-fat food over regular ones because of the misconception that you will save much of that sexy body shape if you do so. This started around two decades ago when studies showed a link between fat intake and heart disease. Everyone thought food that has “low” with its “fat” is the right kind of food.
However, reports from doctors would say that low-fat foods don’t necessarily have less fat and are good for you. The fat is usually replaced with preservatives, additives, sodium, and sugar to imitate the taste, consistency, and texture that fat can make. This means highly processed low-fat products contain added and potentially harmful ingredients.
If you want to avoid fat, do not buy products that were processed to reduce fat in it. Choose natural and good fats instead, like those found in coconut oil and avocados.
Vegetables, especially the ones we put in a salad bowl like lettuce and carrots, are probably the healthiest edible objects in the world. The worrisome part of eating them, however, is when they’re paired with unhealthy dressings for flavor. Most commercial salad dressings consist of unhealthy ingredients like sugar, vegetable oils, trans fats, and other artificial ingredients and preservatives.
To avoid unhealthy salad dressings:
- Check the label and read through the ingredients. Usually, those with olive oil are the healthier ones.
- Go with the full-fat versions of the dressings to avoid processed ingredients.
- You can also make your own homemade dressing made of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper, and other natural seasonings.
Fruit drinks are one of the most loved drinks in the world because of their natural and delicious taste. Because they “come” from fruits, it is quite easy to believe that they are the healthy kind.
However, many packaged fruit juices you buy from the grocery stores aren’t legitimate. What you’re probably drinking is artificially flavored water with lots of sugar in it. If the fruit juice is indeed real, then it’s in a concentrated form that you’re consuming more sugar than what’s recommended – it doesn’t matter if it’s natural sugar; anything in excess is bad for your health. Also, packaged fruit juices may have lost all the fruit fibers and vitamins and may be laden with preservatives to prolong their shelf life.
Finally, sports drinks are usually regarded as healthy beverages. Yes, they are good at hydrating your body, replacing its lost electrolytes, and giving you energy.
However, sports drinks are designed for – wait for it – people who do sports, athletes to be exact. The high sugar and calorie levels of sports drinks are made to be burned by the active lifestyle of athletes. They are made to be drunk before, during, and after a game or training, not as a beverage after taking a snack in your leisure time. Yes, being hydrated is essential, but it’s better you just stick to good ol’ water if you want to be on the healthier side.
Researchers keep changing and rediscovering what really works to obtain optimum health. In the end, what you need to remember is that what works for some may not work for others. The best thing you can do is to consume less packaged and processed products and more organic fruits and vegetables. Lessen your trip to the grocery store and go to the farmer’s market instead.