We consume a lot of 'healthy' food or drinks and say we are leading a healthy life. But there is more to it than just consuming certain things to maintain our health. Moreover, there are a lot of things out there labelled as 'healthy' but actually harms us in certain ways.
Here are five things you probably thought are healthy, but are not.
1. Multigrain and wheat breads
Wheat breads that have been made using wheat flour are basically just.. white breads, minus the whiteness. Both kind of breads are made with enriched flour (like all-purpose flour), that are refined with the nutrients removed during processing. As they do not contain much or any of the needed nutritional value, it can cause a spike in blood sugar when consumed, leading to inflammation or chronic illness.
Unless the ingredient list specifies it is 100 percent whole wheat, eating that slice of bread might not be such a good idea.
2. Vegetarian Diet
Going vegetarian can aid in maintaining weight, lowering cholesterol levels and development of several diseases. However, without a healthy and balanced diet it might not be any better than a meat eater's diet. Some vegetarians go for processed foods such as fake meat products, carbs such as white rice or pasta, and even cheese. Regardless of whether you eat meat or not, adding an unnecessary amount of salt, sugar and fats to your diet (mainly in most processed foods), you will be increasing the risks of chronic illness and adding unwanted pounds. So if you are on a vegetarian diet then stick to eating more veggies, especially the greens.
3. Anything Fat-free
Most of the time, those who are trying to maintain their weight and consume less fat, go for the fat-free or low-fat products. While a diet with reduced amount of fat can be a good thing, these products often come with increased sugar and sodium content, as well as the thickener and chemical content, in order to mimic the flavour of a full-fat product.
Fat helps the body function properly, absorbs important vitamins and minerals, provides energy, and regulates hormone level. In addition to that, the fat in our food helps us know when we are full so we avoid overeating. Instead of eliminating all fat content, choose the type of fat that you consume. Saturated fats such as butter, and trans fats like vegetable oils are 'bad fats.' While unsaturated fats such as omega-3 fatty acids are 'healthy fats.'
4. Extra Light Olive Oil
Olive Oil contains monosaturated fats, that is associated with lowering the risk of heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. However, the extra light olive oil is not exactly 'light.' The lightness refers to how processed the oil is, and the extra light version is one of the most refined olive oils available, as it can be identified from the colour and the mild taste.
5. Diet Soda
When we are trying to stay away from food and drinks and maintain a healthy diet, we often reach out for the 'diet soda's thinking that it is the good version. While it saves you a few calories, it still contains all the bad ingredients.
A study conducted in 2013 connected the increased risk of diabetes by 22 percent, with drinking one diet or regular soda a day. Addition research indicated that the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas can cause more harm than good such as weight gain.