You may be surprised at what lies ahead: 10 feel-good foods that appear to be pretty harmless but are actually quite unhealthy. If you are unsure if the seemingly-healthy food is good to eat, just be safe and limit your intake if a nutritionist stays clear from that food too. Who would know better than a nutritionist if the food will heal or kill you. So if a nutritionist won’t touch the food, it’s pretty obvious why.
- Refined grains
Refined grains are grain-based foods like certain breakfast cereals, pastas and rice products which have been refined. Many think that the term ‘refined’ refers to something of superior quality but nutritionists would actually stay away from refined cereals. Refined food products have been processed until the fibre, vitamins and minerals contained are no longer present in the grains.
- Fat-free salad dressing
Fat-free dressings are not amazing health products. Although salad dressing is the perfect combination of vinegar (which helps control blood sugar) and plant oils (full of essential fatty acids and sometimes antioxidants), they are also high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup. It’s too easy to make your own healthy salad dressing to ever let this bottled science experiment go into your mouth.
- Frozen vegetables
Grabbing a packet of mixed frozen peas, carrots and corn kernels is so easy but have you thought of how much preservatives these vegetables contain to last years in the cold section of the supermarket? You can get these vegies fresh easily, so why subject yourself and your family to preserved vegetables?
- Pre-cooked meals
Just take a look at the frozen food section at the hypermarket and you’d find a wide array of almost ready-to-eat meals. We have had pizza and cakes for ages but we have a wide array of local varieties too – nasi briyani, roti canai, rice with green curry and otak-otak. They are quick and convenient but just like the frozen mixed vegies, they are laden in tonnes of preservatives and additives. A curry you cooked wouldn’t last more than three days in the fridge but these can last for at least a year, so that says pretty much about the preservatives they contain.
- Rice cakes
Rice cakes can have a glycaemic index rating as high as 91 (pure glucose has a rating of 100), making it the kind of carbohydrate that give your blood sugar a spike. Needless to say, this is bad for weight loss and your health.
- Energy bars
This may be a little shocking since hardcore gym goers and fitness freaks snack on these. These calorie-laden bars are actually high in fat and sugar and often contain as much calories as a regular candy bar. A vitamin-rich piece of fruit, a yogurt or nuts can provide the energy you need in place of these energy bars.