Don’t Be Deceived By Food Labels
We all want to eat as healthily as possible, ensuring that the fuel our body gets is of a high quality and high nutritional benefit.
Thankfully, we live in an age where healthy eating is taken seriously. The internet is packed with advice on the foods we should eat, the foods we should avoid, and more advice on diet and nutrition than a single person would ever be able to read. It should be easier than ever to eat in a healthy way that benefits your body… but that isn’t the case. Between obesity problems reaching epidemic proportions and US life expectancy being a disappointing 31st in the world, it’s clear that something is going wrong.
One of the possible reasons for this issue might be that some of the foods we see as healthy and nutritious actually aren’t— or that they have side effects few of us are aware of. Below are four common foods that are frequently described as healthy, but actually have potential health complications.
Margarine/Vegetable Spreads: You Can’t Believe How Bad These Butter Substitutes Are
Margarine and vegetable spreads are not better for you than butter. This is one of the biggest health myths out there. The best practice is to be cautious in the amounts of margarine or butter you use, rather than choosing the “healthiest” option. Again, moderation wins the day.
Low/No Fat: The Problem Of Seeing Fat As The Enemy
“Fat makes you fat” may be one of the most mendacious claims in the history of the world. There is no evidence that fat makes you fat; in fact, fat can increase feelings of satiety and stop you from overeating.
In the 1990s, however, the world turned against fat in a visceral way– we can see the descendants of this attitude now in grocery store aisles. “Low fat” and “fat free” options are everywhere. However, “low fat” doesn’t actually taste good, so manufacturers began adding sugar to products to improve the taste. This has been potentially catastrophic for human health, as we all know now — beyond a doubt — that sugar is outright bad for us.
So don’t opt for “low fat” options if you truly want to cook and eat healthy food.
Fruit: Beneficial Fiber, But So Much Sugar
There’s no doubt that there are nutritional benefits in fruit. The fiber is essential, and most common fruits are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that we all need to stay healthy.
However, fruit is also packed with fructose, aka sugar. Although I would never put fruit in the same category as sugary baked goods, depending on what your goals are, you may want to be conscious of how much fruit you are consuming. Not only are many fruits high in sugar, but you could also experience problems with your teeth if you eat a large amount of fruit as the impact of fructose on teeth is no different compared to sugar eaten in the form of candy. Fruit can certainly be a part of a healthy diet but being mindful of the amount that you eat can precent the need for the likes of Ideal Dentistry to help repair your smile.
Fruit is good to eat, but always in moderation. It’s best to limit yourself to one piece of fruit per day and always brush your teeth after eating.
If you want your diet to be truly healthy, you’re going to need to research all the food you eat rather than relying on “common understanding” of what constitutes a healthy meal. Good luck.