These foods may be the underlying reason for your diet going nowhere. By Shweta Gandhi
Though on the face of it they may seem healthy, but dig a little deeper and you’ll soon find out that these foods are actually not. Be it artificial colour, preservatives or hidden sugar that’s harming your health, here’s why you should stay away from these five foods.
1. Packaged fruit juices
There is nothing healthy about fruit juice—it contains far too much fructose, and the rarely mentioned methanol toxicity. Canned and packaged fruit juices strip away the fibre and antioxidants present in whole fruits, which is actually the good stuff that you should be consuming. Furthermore, the quantity of sugar present literally makes you a sitting target for type 2 diabetes. So the next time you’re craving fruit juice make some at home (without tossing away the fibre) or eat the fruit whole—that really is the best way.
2. Flavoured yogurt
Nowadays, the wide array of flavoured yogurts available in the market are actually causing more harm than help to your system. Disguised as ‘health foods’, these pots of calories contain more sugar, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners and additives than they appear to. Opt for Greek or plain yogurt for real health.
Though tofu is touted as a healthy protein substitute for vegetarian food lovers, its processed nature leaves behind a toxic residue that is not found in natural sources of protein. Moreover, tofu contains phytates, which don’t let the body absorb minerals, affecting digestion. Go for whole soybean food items instead.
Chickpeas (commonly used to make hummus) are credited with many possible health benefits, thanks to their high protein, fibre content and several other vitamins and minerals. However, chickpeas also contain phytic acid, which doesn’t allow the body to absorb nutrients, thus killing the entire reason for consuming them in the first place. Choose lima beans instead of chickpeas—they contain enough fibre to cover your entire daily requirement.
5. Gluten-free foods
People with celiac disease are supposed to stay far away from gluten, and hence opt for gluten-free foods available in super markets. But rising demand has seen people who don’t suffer from celiac disease also opting for this type of food. They do so because they perceive it as healthier—but it really isn’t. Gluten-free foods tend to lack vitamins, minerals and fibre. Plus, this food is generally processed and is known to adversely affect your mood. The solution? Don’t choose gluten-free if you haven’t been diagnosed with celiac disease.