While shopping for healthy foods; be careful that you are not fooled by buying the so called nutritious food. Just because an advertisement or package claims that something is nutritious doesn't mean it will nourish your body better than junk food. The best thing to do would be to visit a nutritionist who will be able to correctly guide you regarding your body’s requirements of food. Here are just a few of the worst culprits lurking on health food store shelves.
When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. But Guzzling diet soda comes with its own set of side effects that may harm your health--from kick starting kidney problems to adding inches to your waistline. Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) and diabetes. With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and just because a soda is diet doesn't make it acid-light.
A fact no one can dispute is that the controversial sweeteners are made from chemicals, some of which are known to be not only harmful, but truly toxic. Whether artificial sweeteners are dangerous for you may come down to how well-defended your own body is against the chemicals they contain. Top most dangerous artificial sweeteners are:
Colour additives, both natural and artificial, are used in the food industry for a variety of reasons, including: to offset colour loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes, moisture and storage conditions; to correct natural variations in colour; to enhance colours that occur naturally; to provide colour to colourless items, and for “fun” foods. Processed foods such as cookies, cakes, sports drinks, margarine, cheeses etc. tend to contain the highest amount of colour additives.
Food dyes are one of the most widely used and dangerous additives. Artificial food colouring makes your foods more appealing and desirable. While, the safety of these dyes has been called into question.
Just because they come in fancy packaging with health claims doesn't mean they are healthy. Many are full of white flour, sugar and some can be high in saturated fat and contain little to no fibre.
If it is fat-free, it doesn't mean it is calorie-free. Fat is generally replaced by sugar and sodium. Sugar is then converted into fat and is stored in your body like the other fats until it is burned off as energy.
The main ingredient is fruit juice, which lacks fibre found in the fruit itself. Most smoothie places use frozen yoghurt as a base and then add additional sugar. Grab an apple, a pear, a handful of grapes or a banana instead.
Processed / fast foods
Fast food can be a good way to save time, but it is not the proper way for nutrition. Some of these foods are of little nutritional value and often high in fat, sugar, and calories. Fast food may include chips, hot pies, pasties, sandwiches, burgers, croissants, kebabs, pizzas, chicken, soups, and salads. It also includes drinks, for instance, milkshakes, and soft drinks.
Some common side effects of fast foods:
• Increase the risk of Obesity, Heart diseases, Diabetes and Peptic ulcer etc.
• Increase the risk of hair and skin problems
• Irregular Timing of Eating
• Waste of Money
• Loss of Appetite
• Lack of Essential Nutrients
• Stress: It has been observed that a rich fat meal can increase your stress level and make you at a greater level of stress in comparison to those who have a low fat meal.