Watch Out for Junk Foods Disguised as Healthy
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Watch Out for Junk Foods Disguised as Healthy

Mehvish Hamdare profile Authored by Mehvish Hamdare on 22 Dec 2014 - 15:56.

Grocery store shelves are over flowing with items that claim to be healthy. There are so many misleading labels that disguise bad foods as health foods and lead us to believe that junk food is healthy food. You may think you’re eating right, but some healthy-sounding food is just junk food which is why there are so many incidences of health issues like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases etc. So don't buy into the 'healthy' labels advise health experts.

So next time, you presume your buying healthy foods going by the literature on the package suggesting 'low fat', 'all natural' or 'high fibre', think again. There’s a fine print too, which must be considered which could be contradicting. As a marketing strategy they could disguise junk food like healthy food, when it’s actually not.

Check out some of these so-called healthy foods that are actually really bad for you.

Packaged fruit juices

For decades fruit juice has been seen as a healthy option but it is not something that should be part of your regular diet.  Don’t be fooled with endless flavours of brightly coloured packaging. Sometimes there isn’t even any actual fruit in there,it could be just chemicals that taste like fruit. What you’re drinking is basically just fruit-flavoured sugar water. According to two medical researchers’ writing in The Lancet journal argue that because of its high sugar content, fruit juice could be just as bad as sugar-sweetened beverages like carbonated drinks and sodas. If you want 100 percent fruit, eat a piece of natural fruit.

Salad dressings

Salad dressing can be a silent killer as they are actually loaded with unhealthy ingredients like sugar, vegetable oils and transfats along with a bunch of artificial chemicals. Many commercial salad dressings are made with processed oils that sabotage your healthy intentions in many ways.Hence it is advisable to check the ingredients list before you use a salad dressing.

Breakfast cereals

Breakfast cereals are gaining immense popularity these days for want of time in preparing a breakfast in the mornings. According to Jennifer L. Harris, lead researcher at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, children get a teaspoon of sugar with every 3 teaspoons of the typical cereal marketed to them.Refined grains, sugar, artificial chemicals, artificial flavouring and texture enhancers are taken by you every morning.

Whole wheat bread/brown bread

These breads shout that they are made of whole grains,multi-grain, wheat, andthe list goes on and on! These terms, are plastered all over food products but multigrain” simply means there is more than one grain and could be made largely from refined grains  such as white flour  which have been stripped of fibre and many nutrients.Most “whole wheat” products aren’t really made from whole wheat. Make sure you look at the ingredient list to see what type of flour is being used as bread may not necessarily be made with whole wheat flour or whole grain. Some manufacturers add caramel colour to the dough to give it its brown colour and call it as brown bread.

Energy bars 

Most energy bars are expensive candy bars with more calories, and the reason you feel a boost from your bar is most likely due to the copious amounts of sweetener added to it. Many companies disguise just how much sugar is hidden inside by using various terms like high-fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, and cane juice to try and fool you. Their compact size also leaves us unsatisfied leading to an urge to grab one more.

Cholesterol free oil

These days most of the companies are coming up with the term cholesterol free oil, the important take away point here is all vegetable oils are free of cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in non-veg foods like meat, fish, eggs, butter, milk and milk products. It is just one of the marketing strategies used by manufacturers to give a boost to their sales. Quantity here plays an important role. Keep a track of your oil consumption by using this simple rule half litre oil can be consumed per person per month.

Sports drink

Sports drinks are designed for athletes and contain electrolytes and sugar, which can be useful for them.A new study in the journal General Dentistry suggests that sports and energy drinks are responsible for serious tooth enamel damage and decay. Most sports drinks contain higher amounts of sugar, calorie and caffeine content than other beverages, excess calories contribute to obesity among the regular people which has become a matter of concern.

Fat-free Products

Don’t judge a book by its cover the same way just because a product says it is fat-free, does not mean that it is healthy. Many of the fat-free products on the market are made fat-free by removing the fat and adding sugar. The words “low-fat” or “fat-free” on a packaging usually mean that it is a highly processed product and is loaded with sugar. Usually you tend to eat more after eating fat free food as they leave you unsatisfied, which in turn leads to weight gain.

Be cautious about the food you’re consuming and watch out for these healthy foods that are junk foods in disguise!!



*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.