They say never judge a book by its cover and perhaps the same principal should be applied to food.
Be wary of these foods that you think are healthy.
1. Fruit juice
Swapping your usual soft drinks for fruit juice is a great way of making sure you get in your 5-a-day. But fruit juices are full of naturally occurring sugars. Of course, the body needs sugar for energy, but if the body cannot process excess sugar it will be converted to fat.
2. “Healthy” cereals
You have to be wary with cereals. If you avoid the saccharine, chocolate kind that look very obviously that they won’t be good for you and go for the boxes that claim to be healthy, you may still be pouring out a bowl of cereal high in sugar.
3. Anything “low fat” or “fat free”
You may think you’re making a sensible choice by substituting your usual food choices with the non-fat or low fat alternatives. However, when manufacturers lower fat in products, something will have to give and so usually you’ll find the levels of sugar in the product will creep up.
4. Dried fruit
The trend for snacking on dried fruit rather than crisps and biscuits has been around for a while, but you may as well actually be eating fresh fruit. Per serving, dried fruit has no more sugar or calories then fresh fruit and while the fibre is preserved by the dehydration, the portion size is reduced which entices you to eat more.
5. Vegetable crisps
It seems like a smart idea to swap potato-based products for vegetables, but it’s actually the method in which they are cooked which makes them not so healthy. The nutrients in vegetables, which are arguably the reason you’d make the switch from potato to veg, are usually lost in the cooking process.