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10 Myths about Healthy Food You Believe with Eyes Shut!

Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert broke famous food myths and told the truth of the ‘healthy’ food we buy.

November 16, 2016: The ‘healthy’ food suggested by some of the health bloggers are the ones which any nutritionist would stay away from and definitely avoid putting these in their stomach.

Here is the list of some food which you should avoid if you wish to stay healthy:

  1. Agave Syrup

Picture of a jar of Agave syrup. Wikimedia Commons
Picture of a jar of Agave syrup. Wikimedia

It is a sweetener manufactured from several species of Agave. It is sweeter than honey and is less thick. The process involved in the manufacturing damages all the healthy properties of the plant.

The Syrup has very high fructose content, up to 90 %. It is considered one of the ingredients responsible for the obesity epidemic in the United States.

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2. Low fat Yogurt

A flavored yogurt. Wikimedia Commons
A flavored yogurt. Wikimedia

Low-fat yogurt is made from fermentation of skim milk.

Yogurt has a surprising amount of sugar. The low-fat and non-fat yogurt have high sugar contents, comparable to desserts. It is better to add flavor to the traditional Greek yogurt instead of eating the low-fat yogurt.

  1. Non-Organic Milk

A glass of milk. Wikimedia Commons
A glass of milk. Wikimedia

Organic milk contains high level of omega-3 fatty acids and higher amount of Vitamin E, iron and few carotenoids than the non-organic milk. But it is known that full fat milk is considered healthy because lactose sugar is released slowly in a high fat content

  1. Protein Bars

Picture of protein bars. Wikimedia Commons
Picture of protein bars. Wikimedia

It doesn’t matter if the wrapper reads “healthy, low-carb, low-sugar treat”, protein bars contain high amount of sucralose, an artificial sweetener which is made through a multi step chemical process.

Sucralose raises the blood sugar levels and when that level comes down; we feel hungry and eventually gain weight.

5. Instant Noodles

An Instant Noodles cup. Wikimedia Commons
An Instant Noodles cup. Wikimedia

Instant noodles are considered unhealthy. Consumption of these pre-cooked noodles increases the risk of cardiometabolic syndrome.

This, in turn, makes the person prone to heart diseases and diabetes. Bisphenol A, used in the packaging of noodles, interrupts the hormones signal messages of the body, especially estrogen.

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6. Cereals

A bowl of cereal. Wikimedia Coommons
A bowl of cereal. Wikimedia

The only healthy cereals are the oats based. The cereals which promise weight loss have added chemicals, lack protein, coupled with milk and uses refined carbohydrates.

Cereal is basically dessert in a bowl.

7. Tomato Ketchup

Tomota ketchup. Wikimedia Commons
Tomota ketchup. Wikimedia

The main ingredients of ketchup that are harmful are the salt and sugar. Each tablespoon of ketchup contains 190 mg of sodium and 4 grams of sugar. Ketchup also contains tomato concentrate, natural flavoring and high fructose corn syrup.

8. Fruit Juice

Fruit juice. Wikimedia Commons
Fruit juice. Wikimedia

Yes. Who would have expected this on the list? Many fruit juices are nothing more than fruit flavored sugar water. Though juice contains anti-oxidants and Vitamin C but these are accompanied with a large amount of liquid sugar.

The harms of drinking juice far outweigh the nutritional value.

9. Granola Bars

Picture of a granola bar. Wikimedia Commons
Picture of a granola bar. Wikimedia

These so called healthy snack bars have high content of sugar content. The dried fruit at the top of the bar releases fructose sugar in the body.

It doesn’t matter if its maple syrup or pure sucrose; you need to avoid these eat something with no extra sugar.

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  1. Breakfast Biscuits

Belvita breakfast biscuits. Wikimedia Commons
Belvita breakfast biscuits. Wikimedia

Breakfast biscuits are too good to be true. They have added sweeteners. A recent study pointed out that Belvita chocolate biscuits have 7 grams of sugar per biscuit.This count is higher than the other breakfast substitutes.

The article is based on an interview of Rhiannon Lambert, London Nutritionist,  with Female Food & Drink, who broke famous food myths and told the truth of the ‘healthy’ food we buy.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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