Healthy foods have been very popular lately. But is all it worth the hype?
Turned out some foods commercially advertised as “HEALTHY” may not be so healthy after all.
Here is the list of “HEALTHY” foods that contain lots of hidden sugar that may damage your health and contribute to weight gain.
1. Cold Pressed Juice
Cold pressed juice may contain up to 50g of sugar in just a single bottle. It’s double the amount of sugar you need per day to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight – if you are a woman.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) the maximum amount of added sugars you should consume in a day is 25g or 6 teaspoons if you are a woman. It’s 37.5g or 9 teaspoons if you are a man.
It’s ok to enjoy a cold press juice every once in a while. But don’t over do. These juices lack most of the nutrients, such as protein and fats, and fiber which is necessary for maintaining a healthy weight. They don’t keep you full like whole fruits and veggies do and only make you more hungry in the long run. Plus there is no studies that show actual benefits of cold press juices.
Bottom line. Juice your own veggies and fruits instead or better yet eat them raw.
2. Fruit Yogurt
Some yogurt brands may have up to 33g of sugar per serving – it is more then your daily recommended amount. That’s another way to pack some pounds.
Stick to plain yogurt with fruits instead to avoid hidden sugar and weight gain. Sprinkle it with cinnamon or drizzle with raw honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness.
3. Granola Cereals and Bars
Some brands may contain up to 25g or 6 teaspoons of sugar per serving – your daily dose of sugar in just one bar.
Switch to making your own oatmeal at home instead to control the amount of sweetener and flavor.
4. Frozen Meals
A single frozen meal contain from 30 to 40 grams per serving of added sugars, and at least 500-600 milligrams of sodium.
Stay away from those. Cook your own meal or choose a healthy option when going out.
5. Dried Fruit
Just a single handful of cranberries can have as much as 29 grams of sugar.
Read the labels to make sure you don’t overload on added sugar in dried fruits. Or switch to fresh fruits instead.
Since agave is 85% fructose, it’s even more damaging than cane sugar, which is all sucrose. Fructose is metabolized almost exclusively by your liver, which is hard work for your body. Too much fructose may contribute to unhealthy changes in liver function, triglyceride levels, and insulin sensitivity.
Choose pure maple syrup or raw honey instead. Both sweeteners contain natural antioxidants, minerals, enzymes and vitamins which makes it a better choice. And they also have slightly lower GI than table sugar.
Coconut sugar is another good choice. It contains small amounts of iron, zinc, antioxidants, and inulin—a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic. It has a lower GI (54) than table sugar.
Blackstrap molasses is also a good choice because of its vitamins and minerals and lower GI.
And the last one is, stevia extract. It is not metabolized (it’s simply excreted), it has no impact on blood sugar—meaning, no spikes and crashes.
But all these sweeteners still contain lots of sugar, so use sparingly.
7. “Fat Free” Salad Dressings
Particularly light and fat-free versions are loaded with salt and sugar to compensate for the flavor lost by cutting out the fat. Some brands pack in as much as 9 grams of sugar per serving.
Stay away from ketchup-based dressings and anything “fat free.” Switch to olive oil with balsamic vinegar instead or drizzle your salad with fresh squeezed orange juice.
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