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7 unhealthy foods that are sold to us as healthy
From FITBOOK | August 22, 2020, 6:53 a.m.
Ready-made breakfast cereals are the perfect way to start the day? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! They are full of sugar and the crispy version is extremely fatty. And that's just one of seven supposedly healthy products.
Actually, our alarm bells should ring particularly loud if certain products are sold to us as particularly healthy. Because often enough they are not - on the contrary! FITBOOK lists seven supposedly healthy foods that are actually unhealthy.
Most breakfast cereals
“Muesli is healthy.” Somehow this has been saved in our heads. That's also true, as long as you mix it yourself from oatmeal, oat bran, fruit and nuts. What can be found on the supermarket shelves, however, are in the vast majority of cases quite a sugar bomb and therefore unhealthy. Small example: some “crunchy muesli” contain 24 grams of pure sugar (including glucose syrup, honey and refined sugar). There are also around 15 grams of fat (per 100 grams), much of it from sunflower oil. With around 450 calories, such a crunchy muesli differs only slightly from a bar of milk chocolate in terms of energy balance.
Artificially reduced fat products
The natural fat content of some foods, especially dairy products, makes sense. It ensures a good taste and also ensures that certain vitamins can be metabolized by the body. What tastes good also satisfies and keeps you full longer. If fat is removed artificially, a bland and unnatural product remains. What to do? Exactly, a lot of sugar and sometimes artificial flavors are mixed in to cover up the fact that “little fat” or “reduced fat” doesn't actually taste like anything. The body is, however, quite smart and feels rightly betrayed by such a sham. The result: hunger. Fortunately, the word got around that certain fats are important for staying lean and healthy.
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Energy and protein bars
They promise instant energy or advertise the high protein content. Athletes in particular believe that they are doing something good for themselves with such bars. A glance at the list of ingredients reveals that these cannot be healthy: 20 to 30 different ingredients are not uncommon. These often include glycerine or sugar substitutes such as maltitol (E 965). But above all, hydrogenated palm fat, which is both harmful to health and ecologically. Such a heavily processed food that has been deprived of all of its naturalness can only be unhealthy. Better to snack on a spoonful of peanut butter with a banana. Also gives power!
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To keep up with sport: Drinking enough is the be-all and end-all when training. The range of different sports drinks is correspondingly high. They advertise, among other things, to balance the exuded minerals again, including an extra energy kick. The "screaming" colors in which these drinks come should make you puzzled. You can safely do without even more colorings and sugar. The best thing about the sport is still pure water or the good old apple spritzer. Pro tip for athletes who sweat a lot: You can easily replace sweaty salt by adding two pinches of salt to the drinking bottles.
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Another unhealthy food that is sold as "healthy" is smoothies. Above all, cheap ready-made smoothies are true (fruit) sugar bombs. The recommended daily limit of 25 grams is quickly exceeded with a bottle that also contains more than 250 calories. Poured in in a few minutes, they also mess up the blood sugar level. Smoothies are only healthy if they are self-mixed and contain a lot of green leafy vegetables in addition to fresh fruit.
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Miraculously, couscous salad made it pretty close to the superfood shelf. Couscous is not a power grain in its own right, but consists of white, grated durum wheat. This is basically the same as pasta. And that makes the globules anything but nutrient-rich. The only really healthy thing about a couscous salad are the vegetables and herbs it contains, especially parsley. Our tip: it's better to switch to quinoa, millet or buckwheat as a base!
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Packaged, vegan sausage and Co.
Vegan sausages based on soy or seitan (pure wheat gluten) have been pretty hip for some time. In the meantime, meat substitute products always make it to barbecue parties. But the health value of most of these products is shockingly bad: Ökotest 2016 found too much salt, flavor enhancers, GM soy, even mineral oil residues in vegan and vegetarian meat substitute products. Seitan, which comes closest to meat in terms of taste, lacks the essential amino acid lysine, which means that it has a lower biological value than soy, dairy products or eggs.
Also interesting: are flavor enhancers unhealthy?
Conclusion: Many supposedly healthy foods are unhealthy
Ultimately, a product is not only healthy because it is sold as being particularly health-promoting. It is always advisable to take a look at the list of ingredients - and this often shows that the sugar content is unfavorably high. As a rule of thumb, the less processed a food is - that is, it is as original as possible - the healthier it is. Accordingly, many processing steps and non-natural ingredients mean that the food could be unhealthy.
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