Hello lovely people!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. How many times have you been to the grocery store and wondered about the real nutritional value of the ‘healthy foods’ on offer?
I’m here to help you on the way to amazing health and wellness, so I wanted to share a few truths when it comes to so-called ‘health foods’. The media have a tendency to vastly overstate the health benefits of certain foods today, in an effort to sell more products. For us, as the consumer, it can be confusing, overwhelming – and misleading.
Yesterday I was at the local grocery store picking up a few healthy foods to make breakfast. I couldn’t help but notice my number one, most overrated health food jumping off the shelf at me. The nutritional label promotes claims to be so good for you, but does it really live up to the hype?
First of all, what is so healthy about something packaged? Not only are these products loaded with calories, but it’s the high, hidden sugar content and hydrogenated oil that makes its unhealthy.
Top 8 Most Overrated Health Foods
1. Granola: In my opinion, granola is by FAR the most overrated health food. It doesn’t matter what brand you pick up – that delicious breakfast cereal is not helping your waistline. Toasted oats and nuts, coated in sugar and then add dried fruits. I call it the sugar and processed fat deadly combo. And just in case you were wondering, the same applies to granola bars. Stick with regular old-fashioned oats and add real, fresh fruits.
2. Bananas: this is my least favorite fat loss fruit. It is the most calorie dense one out there. Do you really need a 15-20g hit of sugar from a healthy food? When I speak to my mum, I always ask how her fat loss is going and what she ate for breakfast. Her biggest fat loss breakthrough came when she stopped eating 2-3 bananas a day, and started eating eggs for breakfast. Plus, more importantly, her blood sugar levels stabilized. Instead of bananas, choose berries, kiwi or grapefruit.
3. Protein Bars: it looks like a candy bar, tastes like a candy bar – yes that’s right, it actually is a candy bar with added protein. I remember these bars used to taste horrible (yes I’ll admit I’m a recovering protein bar addict). I mean, they used to be really disgusting. But with soy protein chips and extra organic syrup, today these bars are delicious and seriously addictive. It’s those sugary syrups and other mutated fats that keep you craving.
4. Fruit Juices: eating fruit is always a better choice than drinking fruit. You get more fiber, less calories and sugar so it’s naturally more fun. Would you sit down and eat 6 oranges in one go? I would think not. There’s about 6 whole oranges in a 450ml glass of juice. Don’t even get me started on the smoothie chains. The supersize drinks they sell are loaded in calories and sugar, which is not the right kind of health food you want to be consuming. Bottom line: eat fruit instead.
5. Whole Wheat Bread: another case of crafty marketing to catch you out. Whole wheat flour isn’t the same as whole grains. Anything ‘fortified’ is no better for you than the white version. You want to choose 100% whole grains that are still whole when you eat them – as here lies the health benefits. Go easy on the bread if you’re trying to lose fat.
6. Bran Muffins: does adding bran (meaning more fiber) make a muffin a healthy, better choice? Hardly. Considering the size of these babies, you might as well eat a slice of cake. Put down the breakfast cake and choose yoghurt, eggs, fruit or nuts instead.
7. Pita Chips: the selling point of this delicious snack is by comparison to regular potato chips. Sure they have 50% less saturated fat, but the amount of carbs and calories is still significant. Have you ever tried to eat just 1 serving of pita chips (that’s only 6 by the way)? It’s really difficult.
8. Soy: Soy is one of those foods that can be healthy, but also processed to smithereens to make it really unhealthy. Hydrogenated soy is a hidden ingredient found in a lot of packaged foods – which is also a common trans fat. The research is conflicting with regards to the health benefits, so stick with least processed soy foods like tempeh, tofu and miso.
Why Are These Health Foods So Bad?
Reviewing the list, you may not realize it at first but these foods have a ton of hidden sugar. Why is the sugar making you fat? When your goal is fat loss, you want to keep your body in fat burning mode, which means keeping your insulin levels steady. The problem is, any sugar wreaks havoc on your blood sugar and insulin levels, and promotes storing fat.
Now I guess you’re wondering if there’s anything healthy or safe left to eat on the planet.
Of course there is! Keep your choices fresh, clean and eliminate the processed stuff. With the intention of being healthy – I don’t want your health and fat loss to be sabotaged.
Have a great week!