We all have our guilty food pleasures, but there are definitely some that you should eternally ban from your diet, or at least limit your intake. Here are 6 foods to avoid as much as possible, and you will be well on your way to a healthier, balanced meal plan.
Just having the word fruit in the name of drink makes you think of something healthy, right? You would be surprised to find that fruit drinks contain little, if any, actual fruit. Most fruit drinks contain less than 2% actual fruit juice and are packed full of added sugars, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors. These drinks contain the same health risks as sodium, but from the outside look like a healthier option. Instead, look for fruit drink that is made with 100% fruit juice and ignore the rest.
Margarine was once thought of as a healthy alternative to butter, but as it turns out that it’s a tub of trans fats! However, there are other healthy spreads that contain olive or canola oil that contain no partially hydrogenated oils on their ingredient list.
Fat free dressing
You would think from the type of dressing that it is ok to select this to put on your garden greens. Instead, fat free dressings typically remove healthy fats such as olive oil and instead bump up the added sugar. This leaves you with a product containing almost the same amount of calories that is less filling and contains none of the health benefits. Choose a salad dressing containing a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil. The fat in it will even help you to absorb more nutrients from your salad!
It goes without saying that having elevated blood sugar levels is dangerous for your health and increases the risk of diabetes. So why would you fill your body with liquid sugar that will spike blood sugar levels? That’s exactly what soda is, a drink with little to no nutritional value yet loaded with calories and sugar. If you love soda, you don’t have to say goodbye to it for good, but limit your intake to no more than 12 ounces per day.
That “movie theater” popcorn
Movie theater popcorn may seem like a healthy choice over candies and chocolate, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It has been found that movie theater popcorn calories ranged from 400 to 1,200 calories, contained as much as 1-3 day’s worth of saturated fat and almost a full day’s worth of sodium! Go for some air popped popcorn if you are in the mood for something salty.
Soup can be a great choice for your health. It can contain vegetables, lean protein, fiber and even whole grains. However, watch out for the sodium content contained in many canned soups. They are loaded with enough sodium that meets or exceeds the recommended daily intake. This excessive sodium in your diet can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and even weaken strong bones. Look for a reduced sodium option next time you are in the mood for some hot soup.