With the fitness and health industry being on an uptrend, everyone is jumping on the wagon of eating healthy or picking healthier options for meals.
While the idea of eating healthy is a very good thing, there is something you should know about the companies or marketers selling the so-called healthy foods.
They market the hell out of foods that may not even be slightly healthy, or conducive or helpful to your goal of getting in shape.
I like to call them ‘fake’ health foods.
Here are some of them that you may be guilty of adding into your shopping cart every time you’re at the mall or grocery store:
1) Packaged Fruit Juices
These are often marketed as the health food/drink you should be consuming first thing in the morning to start your day.
If you ever flip the label and see the nutrition content, these so-called health drinks are loaded with sugar making them no different from the regular sodas or colas you may be drinking.
And juicing, in general, is not a great way to consume your fruits. It just destroys all the fibre from fruit, which promotes satiety in consuming them. The store-bought ones are anyway not healthy in any sense.
2) Cereal Bars Or Snack Bars
This was a tough competitor for the no. 1 spot on this list. Yes, a lot of brands have started selling cereal bars or health bars. They are often even marketed as meal bars or the best breakfast you can get in a small packet.
If you look at the label of it and compare it to a normal chocolate bar, you will see that both are almost the same. These so-called snack bars are just another sugar-loaded food marketed differently to you. Instead, you would be better off eating a chocolate bar, as it will not taste half as bad as these fake health bars.
3) Sugarfree Or Diet Biscuits
Another fake one on the radar! The story with these are the same, even though sugar may not be an ingredient on the list, the fat content of these biscuits are twice as those of regular biscuits or cookies.
And in the regular biscuits as well, sugar is not present in that high quantities. A surprising (or not) reality is that, by adding this additional fat into them, they are often higher in calories than the regular cookies and they taste terrible and are priced twice the normal cookies.
4) Fruit Yoghurt
Oh, how could I? Right?
I have nothing against yoghurt. Go for the low-fat, normal fat, full-fat one. Up to you. Yoghurt is actually a very good food to consume and if you pick any plain variety of it, you are actually picking good food there.
Then comes the added flavour or the fruit yoghurts. All of a sudden, the yoghurt has lesser protein, more carbs, fats, and added sugar. These macros of the tasty-yet-healthy flag bearing foods are no different than that of an ice-cream.
Beware of these so-called healthy foods as they may ruin your diets and never let you get in shape.
Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
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