5 Healthy Food 'Myth' Busted

April 13, 2013 15:20
5  Healthy Food 'Myth' Busted

1) Veggie Sticks:


Veggie sticks claim to be a great alternative to vegetables, but they often have as many carbs as potato chips. They are actually a puffed mixture of cornstarch, potato flour, vegetable puree, salt and sugar. So while they might be healthier than fried chips but certainly not healthiest.

2) Fat-Free Yogurt:


Like many ”fat-free’ products, this often contains high amounts of sugar or sodium to make it taste better. This is especially true of yogurt that is fruit-flavored, because it usually contains artificial sweeteners. A good key word for yogurt is ”light,” meaning it has fewer calories, sugar and fat. The best choice is zero-percent plain yogurt, to which you can add your own fruit.

3) Multigrain Bread


This can be deceiving. ”Whole grain” and ”whole wheat” are excellent options, but ”multigrain” can be something quite different. ”Whole wheat” and ”whole grain” indicate that the entire kernel is used in the bread. ”Multigrain” indicates that more than one grain was used, but in most cases, only part of the grain, thereby removing some of its nutrient content.

4)Tuna Salad


Tuna is an extremely healthy food item, full of healthy fats and lean protein. The trouble is that when you order it in a restaurant in prepared form, it usually includes large amounts of whole fat mayonnaise and sometimes even salt or sugar. Ordering tuna ”dry” is a better option, if available.

5) Sports Drinks


Sports drinks claim to be excellent hydrators and necessary for recovery. While they are great for games and tough workouts, sports drinks are often consumed unnecessarily during the day or after light activity. Since they are high in sugar, they can pack on the pounds when consumed at the wrong time.

(With inputs from the web)

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