On numerous occasions we have spoken to our blog of Health on the importance of making healthy foods that help us to be healthier and live a rich and balanced diet.
We have seen in previous days important tips that we must follow when buying, but in this special we want to focus on a series of “healthy foods that really are not.
Keep in mind when buying, as the fashion of the “healthy” dietary or ‘light’ foods also involve a number of problems. The companies take advantage of the high demand for these products and often do not report the true properties and nutrients they carry.
What foods are not as healthy?
In this first part will talk about five foods that are not as healthy as we might think:
– Foods labeled “low fat” or “fat free”
Many manufacturers have chosen to remove fat from their products, but the problem is that it was replaced by large amounts of sugar for flavor. The consumption of saturated fats should always be moderate, otherwise create serious health consequences. The problem is that sugar added to remove fat products is much more harmful for our body.
– Most commercial salad dressings and vegetables
The vegetables are the healthiest products. However, many people find faults of flavor, so are often abused commercial sauces and salad dressings and vegetables, which become delicious. However, the problem is that many of these industrial dressings are high in unhealthy ingredients such as sugar, vegetable oils, artificial chemicals and trans fats.
– Most commercial fruit juices
Consumption of fruit is one of the best eating habits that can have. In addition, you can always resort to prepare delicious juices with one or more types of fruit. The problem is that many people buy these juices in supermarkets, where in most cases fruit is the least we can find in its composition. Most of these juices are made from water, an excessive sugar content and also in many cases replaced by chemicals fruit flavor mimicking.
– To derive cholesterol Phytosterols
These molecules have a vegetable origin and inhibit cholesterol absorption. Its positive effects on the blood of humans has been demonstrated by several studies. For this reason, in recent years have increased the number of products that use them and sold to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
However, other recent studies have shown that, in effect, reduce cholesterol levels, but excess phytosterols also have adverse effects on our cardiovascular system, even increased the risk of heart and premature death.
Years ago butter was reviled by the trademarks for its high fat content. That’s when margarine emerged, as it seemed to be healthier. However, margarine usually high in trans, chemicals rich fats and refined oils, so it is even more dangerous for the heart. Hence in both cases a very moderate of the two products consumption is recommended.