Choosing healthy foods is not exactly rocket science. We all know that if something looks sugary and fake, it’s probably not good for you. But have you ever wondered what foods nutrition experts avoid?
Sugary Coffee Concoctions
Coffee-chain drink specialties can contain a shocking amount of calories and sugar, thanks to added syrups and flavors. Sugar is one of the biggest enemies to our health, and eating too much of it can more than double our risk of heart disease. So, steer clear of 400-calorie coffee drinks with the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar alone, and aim for consuming no more than 6 teaspoons total per day.
Sweet, Processed Snacks
Packaged, processed foods have a long shelf life because of all the chemicals and preservatives they contain. Not good for our bodies. And when they’re combined with the high sugar content also found in doughnuts, snacks, and pastries, they’re severely detrimental to our health. If you’re choosing a dessert, try to make it something “real” and unprocessed.
Sugar is a main ingredient in many breakfast cereals, a terrible way to start your day, especially if you’re on your way to work out. It’s hard to break the habit, but you can start by giving yourself smaller portions mixed with low-sugar cereal. Ask yourself if sugary cereals are really the way you want to get your six teaspoons of sugar a day. Fruits might be able to fulfill your cravings, since they contain fructose, a natural sugar.
Processed meats can increase your chances of cardiovascular disease and cancer. If foods like pepperoni, sausage, bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats are a big part of your diet, it’s a health risk. Try eating lean, unprocessed meats, plus spices and seasonings to help satisfy your taste buds.
There’s nothing good in canned frosting. It’s processed, loaded with sugar, and it also contains trans fat. If you can find one that doesn’t have the words, “partially hydrogenated oil” or “hydrogenated fat” on the label, then you might be okay. However your best bet is to make icing from scratch or come up with a creative alternative like whipped cream or powdered sugar.