Doctor's Orders: 5 "Healthy" Foods Loaded With Salt, Sugar And Additives
Some foods may appear to be healthy for us when they actually they are not, so don't be fooled. Just because it says "low calorie" or "fat free" on the package, doesn't mean it's totally healthy for you. Some foods are loaded with sugar, salt and other additives that are not good for the body.
Be sure to look at the ingredient content when buying wheat bread to make sure it's labeled as 100 per cent whole wheat. Some whole wheat breads contain enriched flour which has no nutritional value. Some forms of whole wheat bread are highly processed and stripped of fiber and nutrients. Instead, look for breads that are multi-grain or high in fiber. Read the contents to make sure the first and second ingredients listed are some type of fiber or multi-grain.
Although it has fiber, there are additives like sugar and sulfur to help preserve it. Calorie content is three times higher than fresh fruit and the nutrients were depleted during drying. Fresh fruit is always a healthier choice.
Another favorite and allegedly healthy snack. Well, guess what? Trail mix can contain up to 300 calories in just a small amount. It contains dried fruit, sugar coated raisins, salted nuts and sometimes M&M's. This combination does not have the makings of a healthy snack and unless you are actually hiking on a trail, burning off the calories, stay away from this. A handful of almonds are nutritional and satisfying and will keep your hunger at bay until your next meal.
Fat Free Yogurt:
Surprised? Just because food says "fat free" on it, that doesn't mean it's automatically healthy. Fat doesn't make you fat, it's the sugar that does. Yogurt may be fat free, but loaded with tons of sugar. Remember that sugar turns into fat when it's not burned off. Yogurts come in a variety of flavors and even the ones flavored with fruit can have 15 grams of sugar in a 6 oz. serving. Fresh cut fruit added to Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey is much healthier.
Granola bars are only a good choice only if you plan on skipping your next meal. They consist of so much saturated fat, salt and sugar, you might as well have a candy bar. There is nothing all natural about a granola bar. Don't be tricked by labels. Instead, a small piece of dark chocolate is a healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are also health benefits to eating dark chocolate in moderation. It's high in vitamins and minerals, helps control blood sugar, lowers blood sugar and is full of antioxidants.
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Fructose Production In Human Brain Discovered By Scientists
A new study shows that the human brain produces fructose due to a metabolic pathway called the polyol pathway that converts glucose to fructose. This polyol pathway may be one other mechanism which increases blood sugar and exert its adverse effects.
Dark Chocolate Can Lower Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke
Health experts are recommending the moderate intake of dark chocolate to help lower the risk of heart diseases and stroke. The health tip comes as Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
New Study Explains How Body Produces Cholesterols
A recent report titled “Managing Your Cholesterol” and published by the Harvard Special Health Report reveals how the human body produces the famed cholesterols and the kinds of cholesterols that impact the human body and health.
Health Warning: Skipping Breakfast Increases Risk For Heart Diseases
Health researchers issued a health warning on the increased risk for heart disease if breakfast is regularly skipped. Late night snacking is also identified as a health warning as our bodies are not built to digest food late at night.
Depression Could Affect Your Heart Just As Much As Bad Cholesterol
When thinking of heart attacks, you might assume that the most common causes are smoking, high cholesterol, or obesity. Mental health issues are probably left behind individual concerns. But a new study found out that depression also poses great heart health risk just as other more familiar heart disease contributors.
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