We get so many mixed messages from the media about what we should and shouldn’t eat.
Seemingly ‘healthy’ smoothies, snack bars and granola can be packed with more sugar than a packet of biscuits, dashing even the best of intentions.
Here at Myvitamins, we asked our resident nutritionist Ashley English to debunk the myths behind 5 ‘healthy’ foods nutritionists refuse to eat.
We all know that the full fat versions contain over 9 teaspoons of sugar, so grabbing a ‘diet’ or ‘light’ version for that sweet taste without the calories might seem like a healthier option.
The truth is, that sweet taste comes at a cost; large amounts of artificial sweeteners, sugar carvings and a temptation to eat more throughout the day. Most contain the controversial artificial sweetener aspartame, which has previously been linked to liver damage and cancer.
If you’re looking for an extra boost of caffeine, give green iced tea or our T+ Apple and Blackcurrant Tea a go. If you can resist all together, sipping on water throughout the day is the best way to keep you hydrated and alert.
Fat Free Dairy
Think that opting for a skinny coffee or 0% yogurt is the best thing for your waist line? Think again.
A report published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that people who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than people who stick to low-fat dairy.
A symptom of the ‘fat makes you fat’ consensus in diet over the past 20 years; more and more nutritionists are now leaning towards the perspective that small amounts of the full-fat stuff is actually better for you. Chances are a smaller portion of full-fat diary will keep you feeling fuller for longer without the artificial sweeteners packed in to the 0%.
Hailed as a ‘Superfood’ by many as the perfect way to start your day; in reality commercial peanut butter tends to be packed with sugar and added ingredients your body just doesn’t need.
The good stuff tends to be relatively unprocessed. Peanut butter in it’s purest form contains just one ingredient; peanuts!
Opt for organic versions or the freshly ground stuff and always check the label. You only need a small serving for a big hit of protein and loads of vitamins and minerals. Just 100g of the good stuff contains 45% of your RDA of Vitamin E, 67% of the Vitamin B3 you need in a day and nearly 3/4 of the Manganese required to keep your body happy.
There’s nothing unhealthy about salmon right?
Well you might be wrong, and it’s all down to how it is sourced.
Farmed salmon is high in mercury and even higher in other pollutants including carcinogens, antibiotics, and pesticides. A 2012 report in the journal Science caused havoc in the fishing community as it was claimed that farmed salmon was ‘only safe to eat 3 times a year” due to high levels of dioxins and PBC’s, which, in large doses can lead to cancer.
Opt for organic or responsibly sourced or even better, organic salmon for a health helping. Like most oily fish, salmon can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Opting for a salad could mean the best of intentions are foiled if you add a dressing to the mix.
Most contain highly processed oils, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors so always check the label carefully before popping a bottle in your basket.
A better alternative? Make your own version with basic raw ingredients from your cupboards like olive oil, sea salt, lemon and herbs and spices from the rack. Add a dash of maple syrup for added sweetness.