Uh Oh – 12 Foods You Should Avoid to Stay Healthy
Dieting and healthy eating can be an absolute minefield when it comes to working out what you should be and should not be eating. Although eating right does vary to a degree and from person to person, there are a number of simple tricks to making sure you don’t slip up in the pursuit of a healthy and balanced diet. These range from the seemingly obvious to common misconceptions about supposedly “healthy” options. Make sure you know all the right choices with our 12 foods to avoid and stay healthy!
#1 Supermarket Yogurt
Natural yogurt can be full of high-quality protein, beneficial probiotics, calcium and B vitamins, however, this isn’t true of most yogurts you’ll find on the supermarket shelf. Despite their health claims, many are often more like desserts being full of high amounts of sugar, artificial flavors, and artificial colors, which negate the benefits.
#2 Fruit Juice
Commercially bought fruit juices might seem like a good alternative to traditionally sugary drinks, however, they’re actually just as high in processed fructose and preservatives. Still want your vitamin C from your orange juice? Then buy the actual fruit and make your own – plus you’ll benefit from added fibre too.
#3 Most Pizzas
Oh so tasty and convenient, pizza is popular all around the world for good reason. Unfortunately pizza also tends to be extremely high in calories and uses a lot of unhealthy processed ingredients. Try making your own healthier version at home, going easy on the cheese, dough and meats, and adding lots of nutritious veggies too.
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#4 White Bread
The majority of breads you’ll find in the shops are made from refined wheat, which are full of empty calories, and especially so in the case of white bread. Whole grain bread is definitely a much better alternative.
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#5 Sugary Drinks
This one is a no-brainer! Consuming a lot of sugary drinks floods the body with a ton of added sugars, which can lead to a range of negative health issues. This goes for diet varieties too as they often just replace the bad stuff with something just as bad in the long run. Ideally drink water instead. Try adding fruit for taste.
#6 Industrial Vegetable Oils
When it comes to cooking, it’s high time you ditched refined vegetable oils and stuck to healthier fats like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil instead.
#7 Gluten-Free Junk Foods
Gluten-free is all the rage these days. That said, many people confuse gluten-free junk food for healthy diet food. These gluten-free replacement products are often high in sugar, unhealthy oils and refined grains like corn starch or tapioca starch. Remember: gluten-free junk food is still junk food!
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#8 Processed Cheese
Did you know that regular cheese is pretty healthy? While high in saturated fat, it’s also loaded with nutrients like protein and calcium that, in moderation, can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. However, artificial cheese products are not at all as beneficial to your body. Worst of all, these are the kind that most often accompany fast food. So think twice before ordering a double cheese cheeseburger or Domino’s with extra cheese!
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#9 Coffee With All The Bells and Whistles
That cream & chocolate laden frappucino might look and taste absolutely delicious, but it’s also not great for you. Coffee contains lots of good antioxidants though, so just try to avoid fancier varieties and drink yours black or with only a small amount of cream or full-fat milk.
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#10 Artificial Sweeteners
The popular low-calorie substitute for sugar is frequently linked with just as many negative health issues as the regular stuff. Try natural alternatives, such as honey and coconut sugar!
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#11 White And Milk Chocolate
Most of us couldn’t live without chocolate in our lives. Unfortunately this is a problem when it comes to healthy eating, because we often end up eating too much of the stuff. Luckily you can keep your addiction in check by choosing dark chocolate instead, as this has more benefits and makes you less likely to gorge on it.
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#12 Table Salt
Found on pretty much every restaurant table and kitchen, regular table salt is put in so much food we eat. A much healthier, and more importantly a heart-friendly, option is to use Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt in its place.
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