I read this in news.com.au and thought will share this with you all. I have always thought some of the food below are OK but who knew it was so bad.
As human beings, when we are told not to do something, our instinct can be to do exactly that.
Indeed this can also be the case with food restriction, but as a nutritionist there are some foods that offer so little nutritionally that they are best avoided – especially when they are parading as ‘healthy’ choices. Here are the worst offenders:
It doesn’t matter if rice has been made into a snack bar, cake, puff or crisp, rice is a dense source of high glycaemic index carbohydrate, which means that it makes our blood glucose levels rapidly increase, along with the hormone insulin, which also promotes fat storage in the body.
While it may claim to have extra fibre and nutrients added, white bread is still not as good nutritionally as wholegrain bread. If you must go white, at least choose sourdough.
We kind of knew this so we always ate wholemeal breads.
Given that a single serve of flavoured water can contain as much as five teaspoons of sugar, you are best to get your vitamins from grains, fruits and vegetables, and leave your water as nature intended it.
Muffins and banana bread
If you consider that the average muffin or slice of banana bread contains more than 60g of total carbohydrate, or the equivalent of four slices of bread, 20-30g of fat and at least four teaspoons of sugar, it is safe to say that there is nothing healthy about these café options.
Extruded cheese snacks
Puffs, rings or balls made using refined carbs, added MSG and lots of oil will never be a good choice, especially for children who need snacks that are as plain and minimally processed as possible.
No more Cheese balls for me 😦 .
It may sound healthy but sweet yoghurts can have as much sugar as ice-cream and just as many calories, especially when extra syrups, nuts and treats are added.
I really thought this was healthy 😦 .
Chocolate nut spread
With the first few ingredients listed as sugar and vegetable oil, chocolate spread contains a lot more bad fat than it does good fat from nuts.
No more Nutell 😦
There is a big difference between natural unprocessed muesli and the processed mix of honey, sugar, dried fruit, fillers, gums and coatings that are found in most commercially available muesli bars – which also combine to give 3-4 teaspoons of sugar per bar.
Do you eat any of these food? Do you agree with the list?
Eat healthy everyone and we all will be happy. take care
M from nepaliaustralia
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Lol, sure I agree that these foods may be unhealthy…but Nutella FOREVER! 🙂
I went and bought Nutella again even though I know it is not health y 🙂
100% agree with the list. It all comes down to processing. The least processed food (more natural), the better.
Yap natural food is always good for your body.
I am not sure if I agree with everything on the list. While few of the things are certainly not the best option but there are ways you can make them healthier or include them in your diet in moderation.
That is so true Dixya and your recipe are always so healthy and good. I need to try more from your blog 🙂
I agree we need to concentrate on healthy foods, like whole grains. But I love my crunchy cheeto’s from time to time, Nutella and also, love banana bread! Shoot, can’t we count the banana as a fruit? Smile! Thanks for “liking” my posts recently!
Banana is definitely a fruit until you add two cups of sugar in that :). I am sure you can always indulge on any of these in moderation 🙂
Yeah, I eat some of those. But the occasional fling with junk food is good for the soul, right?
Sure Sid. Moderation is the key to most food anyway 🙂
Nutella No 😦 i feel like my world is closing down on reading that!!! what if I eat it and jog many KMS to keep me fit 😦
Of course you can eat Nutella in moderation and more if you exercise 🙂
I agree with these foods but you can still eat them as long as it’s moderate. It’s hard to deprive your cravings after a long tiring day at work. Remember, anything that’s too much is bad:)
So true sis. Moderation is the key 🙂
I bet my college canteen can easily top the list!
There’s a light variety of yogurt available, it’s a healthy breakfast choice if you are vegetarian.
Bars could be could source of instant energy on a hiking trail. Sure not a good choice of snack in front of a TV
Yogurt is definitely healthy as long as there is no added sugar. I have mine everyday. I want to be VEGETARIAN too but not working. Any tips?
most of the yummy things are unhealthy. i only knew about bread and those cheese balls.
Yap , I think fat and sugar makes things yummy but they are not healthy :). BTW I can’t comment on your blog for few weeks now. I will try again 🙂
I always look at the glucide rating before buying anything as my daughter is diabetic. 5g is the equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar and its very difficult to find anything with that or less. However, if the blood sugar is low, 5g is exactly what is necessary. I often give her a museli bar if she is low, but never buy anything with more than 5g of sugar in it.
I am not always good at checking the ingredient on a product Claire. I think I should make a habit of that as I was surprised to see how much sugar Nutella had 😦
Hey M, 🙂
I only eat white bread, but very little. I have IBS and therefore have to stay away from anything brown or high in Fibre. I eat a very high protein low carb diet. I do have the odd fall off the tree when I binge on chocolate.Lol
I say everything in moderation and exercise. That way it doesn’t really matter so much what you eat. Hope your having a great weekend. Hugs to you. Paula xxx
High protein and low carb diet is best for long term as you can continue that for a long time. I am trying that as well but fail sometimes when I go out to eat 🙂
Sometimes I do to. Hope you had a great day. Hugs Paula xx
Well… I’ve always thought what you tieat is important – but what you do is even more important. I regularly bike – and it’s marathon distance, and so I won’t leave Nutella for that. On the contrary – I think the Nutella helps – as does the sweet coffee and all that. It’s just when you stop moving and exercising that you should get a bit more worried about what you eat. But as long as you move, you need calories. And if you move a lot, you need a lot of calories… 🙂
You are so healthy that I am sure you can even eat rock. 🙂 For me I tend to hibernate in winter so I have to watch what I eat but during summer, we exercise a lot, so I can eat more junk food 🙂
Well – I guess I move a lot indeed. Had a good climb on Mont Blanc just 10 days ago. But as I in my forties, I started to appreciated wine and beer a lot more… That’s empty calories really. All the Nutella and other junk food are really healthy in comparison. If I don’t exercise for a week or so, I put on 5 pounds just because of the partying with friends… 😦
I don’t drink alcohol so no comment on that but I agree that if I stop exercising I notice the weight gain instantly as well.
Great tips, NepaliAussie. I actually love eating Cheese snacks, despite knowing it’s harmful. There are things so tasty that we can’t resist from eating them, but hygiene and health is something we all must consider looking after.
I just read Restricted Areas in Nepal for Trekking
As usual eating something once a while is fine as long as we exercise so may be you don’t need to give up cheese snacks 🙂
The only thing on the list I eat is banana bread, and it is a treat, like cake. Nope, not giving it up. Home made and reminds me of my grandma 🙂
Home made ones are definitely better and fresh and if you eat that once in a while I am sure it will be fine )
I generally agree with all of it, but I mostly believe in eating in moderation. All of it. I eat unhealthy snacks and nutella and white bread, but i don’t do it every day. When I have a craving, I go for it, but I make sure I work out and balance my diet accordingly for the rest of the time. When we deprive ourselves of something, that’s when we want it the most, so I try to allow myself to eat whatever I want, as long as I do not exaggerate. I believe that’s the key of a happy body and mind 🙂
Moderation is definitely the key and exercising is the main point. But sometimes reading all this research I wonder what to follow and what not to 🙂
May be once a weel is OK 😉