Often, those who seek to lose weight or maintain their figure in perfect condition demonize any sweetness or fast food. These often advertise the notorious healthy lifestyle delicacies – they say, a great alternative to cakes, but without sugar, carbohydrates and GMOs. However, some promoted “healthy” products can actually be many times more caloric than the same candy, nutritionist Trista Best warned.
In fact, many nutritionists assure that even those who are losing weight can eat everything. The main thing is to control portions and do not forget about physical activity. At the same time, many “healthy” products should definitely not be included in your daily diet, despite all the tricks of marketers.
For example, you need to be careful with dried fruits. They can be found on the menu of almost every second zhozhnik. Like, healthier than sweets and a good snack. But dried apricots and prunes can contain much more sugar than even your favorite chocolates.
“While fruits are generally considered a healthy food, dried fruits are often high in sugar and calories. In addition, they are usually smaller in size, so they are easier to eat more than fresh fruits and even sweets. Therefore, eat, but a little bit, ”Best warned.
The great self-deception lies in breakfast with granola and muesli, which almost all people sin on proper nutrition. But any sweet cereal, including granola, is a real carbohydrate bomb. After a hearty breakfast, you will quickly feel hungry. Moreover, blood sugar will rise sharply. Better choose oatmeal, chicken eggs, greens, avocado and whole grain bread for breakfast.
What athlete has not treated himself to a variety of bars? In stores you can find a variety of options for a quick bite: they are made from muesli, chocolate, cookies. The pack often has the inscription “energy”, “less sugar”, “healthy”.
“However, such a bar can contain much more calories than a regular chocolate bar. It turns out that there is almost no benefit, but you will eat much more. And yes, sugar can hide behind other names: fructose, dextrose, agave, brown rice syrup,” warned Trista Best.
But a really healthy snack can be a quality protein bar. However, you should always look at the composition. It must contain whey protein concentrate, cocoa and as few other ingredients as possible.
Another popular cheater snack is yoghurts. But here, too, the benefit will depend on the composition. Incidentally, most yogurts have about two teaspoons of sugar plus various colors and flavors. So you need to buy a natural white product, and to make it tastier, you can add nuts, fruits or berries.
Various companies that produce ready-made first courses, position them as “good for health and figure.” But in store-bought soups there can be a lot of salt, flavor enhancers, but little fiber and protein. Therefore, be careful and read the composition of the product. The healthiest soup is the one you make at home. After all, you will know exactly what it is from.
Well, they close the top of the insidious “useful pests” salad dressings. The salad itself is a wonderful dish that will definitely bring health benefits. That’s just all its advantages can be reduced to zero with just one refill from the store. Ready-made sauces contain a lot of fat, salt, flavorings, which negate all the benefits of the dish. To prevent this from happening, dress the salad with olive oil, sour cream or lemon juice.