Don’t be fooled by these pseudo “health” foods & swap for something that’s actually good for you
With all the marketing and mixed information out there, it’s easy to fall into the trap of consuming foods you believe to be healthy, but actually are not!
FIT busts the cover on 4 foods commonly perceived to be healthy, which should actually be added to the no-go list.
Arguably the most common Australian breakfast choice, thousands of people start their day with a bowl of one of the many popular breakfast cereals on the market. Stop! Most commercial cereals are actually highly processed, contain large amounts of sugar, with minimal fibre, protein or nutrients. It’s likely they could end up leaving you hungry shortly afterwards and spiking your blood sugar so you crave more sweet things later in the day.
Bottled juice & smoothies
There is a big difference between fresh smoothies and juices and the ones you buy pre-made in a bottle. Don’t be fooled by their health promising blurbs! As a general rule, store bought bottled smoothies and juices have been pasteurised, which strips most of the nutrients from them. Many also contain preservatives to extend the shelf life and have unnaturally high quantities of fruit, which bulks up the calories and sugar content.
Many people buy low-fat yoghurt believing it to be a healthy, waistline friendly option. Unfortunately when the fat is removed, it is often compensated for with sugar and other nasty ingredients, such as thickeners or artificial sweeteners. The end result is a product that wreaks havoc on your blood sugar, hormones and/or adds a chemical load to your body.
Trail mix might seem like a convenient and healthy snack food, but most are not! The calories and sugars can really add up in just a couple of handfuls. Many are made with salted nuts and excessive dried fruit or other sugary additions.