Current market offer a vast variety of “diet” foods that manufactures claim to be healthy and help you lose weight. But let’s look at some of them in more details.
1. Wheat/multigrain breads and rolls. The words “wheat” and “multigrain” might look appealing for those trying to eat healthy, but look at the package and ingredients. A lot of manufactures add corn syrup and sugar, and make them from REFINED wheat, meaning its no better for you than regular white bread.
SOLUTION: Look for word WHOLE wheat, grain etc, and small yellow FDA sign on the package with the word WHOLE in it.
2. Yogurt. Yogurt provides a good amount of protein, calcium and healthy bacteria that promotes digestion and food absorption. However, the LOWFAT with so-called “real” fruit versions are very high in sugar. Even worse is the LIGHT yogurt with added artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which according to latest research can actually cause you to gain weight!!!
SOLUTION: Get plain regular or Greek yogurt, add some fresh berries or fruits, a little honey (optional) to them and it will taste better than any flavored yogurt you tried before, not to mention the benefits like fiber and vitamins of the real fruits.
3. Canned fruit. In order to preserve the fruit, manufactureres add corn syrup, or other source of sugar.
SOLUTION: Look for no sugar added varieties, or frozen fruits. Check the ingredients, it should be only the fruit you getting, no syrups, no artificial sweeteners, or better off – get a real seasonal fruits and berries, and simply freeze them yourself.
4. Juices, smoothies, and other bottled fruit drinks. Again, very HIGH in sugar, if not sugar, than artificial sweeteners, look above.
SOLUTION: The best is just to stay away from them completely, if you want a drink – water is your best friend, want something sweet – eat real fruit/berries. Easy, right?
5. Snack bars.You might say: what’s wrong with oat bars, they are high in fiber! Yes, but again, some manufactures “soak” them in syrups, chocolate, caramel, sugars to make them more palatable. Not good!
SOLUTION: Look at the sugar content on the label, it shouldn’t be more than 6 grams per bar. There are very affordable and delicious varieties out there, like Kashi.
6. Diet sodas. Latest medical research suggests that artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas may cause kidney problems and mess up your metabolism, causing your body to become unable to regulate calorie intake, and results in storage of fat in your waistline.
SOLUTION: WATER, WATER, and WATER!
7. Non-fat dressings. To make up for the fat content and make the dressing pleasant to taste, food companies add different sugars and syrups. Another thing to think about is that a lot of vegetables actually have to be eaten with fat for vitamin absorption.
SOLUTION: Make your own: olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar and mustard. You can also add some purred mango, pineapple, or your favorite herbs. The DIY dressings can stay in a fridge for up to 7 days, depending on the ingredients.