More often than you would imagine, a whole group of unhealthy foods is hiding around your kitchen, disguised as neutral or even healthy food options. Read the following article and find out why you should avoid some of the most popular household products at all costs!
It really isn’t breaking news. Chips are high in unhealthy fats and empty calories. They have almost no nutritional values that are beneficial for your organism, and their consumption is really difficult to manage (surely you’ve noticed that already!). Just for the record: 2 servings of potato chips = 20 grams of fat.
2. Coffee Creamer
Coffee creamer is a perfect example of the foods you consume in such small doses that you don’t even notice them as containers of any kind of nutrient profile. But coffee creamer has its share of sugars, additives and fat, and if you drink a lot of coffee daily, it will cause calorie intake numbers to go up. Try replacing it with a healthier alternative like almond milk, or give black coffee a try and eliminate coffee creamer from your diet altogether.
3. Packed Cookies
Packed cookies, even the little single-serving packages, are almost always full of added sugar, sometimes even containing up to a quarter of the daily amount recommended by the USDA (which is 40 grams, by the way).
4. Energy Drinks
Here’s another no-brainer. The marketing of energy drinks as revitalizing, hydrating energy-boosters full of nourishing vitamins is one of the greatest ironies in the food business today, since they actually contain an incredible amount of sugar and are not healthy for your organism on so many levels. If you desperately need an energy boost, opt for a more natural variant like iced green tea.
5. Frozen Yogurt
It’s best to put frozen yogurt on the list of not-so-good-for-you foods that you should eat only when you simply can’t resist the craving, instead of gulping it down on a daily basis. Although frozen yogurt has less fat than ice cream, it still contains far more sugar than you think.
6. Granola Bars
While being marketed as healthy and nutrient-rich, granola bars are often full of sugar and hydrogenated oils. If you need a quick snack, try eating a piece of fruit with some nuts. It’s much healthier and it will keep you feeling full longer.
Did you know that one of the main ingredients in ketchup is corn syrup? And corn syrup is high on fructose, of course. Therefore, 1 tablespoon contains around 4 grams of sugar, and you know you’ll eat a lot more. You could try to completely avoid ketchup – it might take some time to get used to the ketchup-less taste of your favorite food, but be sure that your effort will pay off in the long run!
Unfortunately, numerous studies have shown that margarine contains trans fats which increase the levels of cholesterol, affecting your heart health negatively. If you cannot eliminate it completely from your diet, at least try to consume it less. You saw this coming a long time ago, didn’t you?
9. Pancake mix
It’s quick and easy to make – but it contains refined flour, a lot of additives and processed ingredients, and combined with butter and syrup accounts as one of the worst sugar bombs you could stuff your body with, especially at breakfast. Try replacing them with a lighter and healthier option.
10. Microwave Popcorn
Microwave popcorn is loaded with sodium, unhealthy fats and calories. Best to skip it all together whenever you can.
Everybody craves a sugary drink every now and then, but drinking it on a daily basis is terrible for you. The reason? WAY too much sugar, of course. Drinking soda and other sugary drinks regularly for a long time can contribute to the development of diabetes and other health disorders.
12. Sugary Cereals
Cereals contain a lot of hidden sugars you need to look out for. Always check the nutrition label before you buy, since some brands of cereals contain as much as 8 grams of sugar per single serving. You surely don’t want to eat that, and you should not give it to your children.
13. Artificial Sweeteners
Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners affect your appetite by making you hungrier, which of course leads you to eating more calories. A lot of popular products contain them, so you’ll need to read the labels carefully. Switch to natural sweeteners like honey.
14. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oil is basically processed vegetable fat. So if you want a healthier lifestyle you should immediately replace it with some healthier option like macadamia nut oil or coconut oil and never look back.
15. White Bread
The nutritional value of traditional white bread, compared to the one of integral bread, is embarrassingly low. Why do we love it so much? Because it contains sugar and other refined ingredients and additives, and we’re so used to its rich, enhanced flavor that we never think about the imbalanced relation between nutrients and calories it contains. But habits are not written in stone! Give whole-grain products a chance and you’ll soon feel the benefits.