Are These Healthy Diet Foods Really Making You Fat?
It seems like every week there are more and more “healthy” diet foods on the market. From protein shakes to granola bars, there’s no shortage of sugar-free, diet or low-fat alternatives for you to munch on.
But are these healthy diet foods really helping you lose weight?
Or could they secretly be the cause of your stubborn body fat that just won’t shift?
The Problem With Diet Foods
The problem with diets foods is that they can lure you into a false sense of security. A low-fat doesn’t mean it’s low calorie. No-added-sugar doesn’t mean it hasn’t got sugar in it. And just because its a diet food, it doesn’t mean you won’t gain weight.
In today’s blog post I’m going to expose some of the worst culprits. The foods often marketed as “healthy” diet foods that could in actual fact be making you fatter.
1: Granola and Cereal Bars
One of the most commonly mistaken “healthy diet foods” are granola bars and cereal breakfast bars. Sure, they are full of nuts, seeds and oats that can help you stay fuller for longer. But they’re also packed full of sugar too, in fact they could be as much as 25-50% sugar! The average granola bar has between 8-16g of sugar in each bar. That’s 2-4 teaspoons!
As with all products, some are worse than others. Quaker Oat So Simple Morning Bars have only around 6g, but that’s still more than a teaspoon of sugar so you might want to start thinking of your granola or breakfast bars as more of a treat, rather than a healthy snack.
2: Flavoured Yoghurts
Marketed as a healthy way to start the day, some yoghurts have fantastic health benefits – but you have to choose the type of yoghurt carefully.
All yoghurts have some sugars in thanks to the natural sugars found in milk anyway. Live natural yoghurts combine protein and good fats are full of healthy bacteria that promote beneficial gut flora and healthy microbiome. But many yoghurts on the market, especially flavoured ones, have the healthy fat removed and a lorry load of added sugar to sweeten them up too.
The average flavoured yoghurt contains about 17g of sugar! That’s a crazy amount (about 4 ¼ teaspoons!) And the worst offenders on the market can have up to 25g – that’s a whopping 6 ¼ teaspoons per teeny, tiny tub.
Now, as I said, some yoghurts can be really good for you. They can contain live bacteria that help keep your gut healthy, in turn improving your immune system and boosting your overall skin, body and general health. But they have to be the right type. Look for live yoghurts, with no added sugar.
3: Fruit Juice
You should avoid drinking fruit juice. I could just leave it at that!
Fruit juice might seem like a great way to get some vitamins into your body, but it really isn’t. As you know, fruit naturally contains some sugars. When eaten as a whole fruit, the absorption of these sugars are slowed down, reducing the amount of sugar in your bloodstream at any one time. In turn, reducing the likelihood of the glucose being converted into fat and then stored. Plus whole fruit contains healthy fibre, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
When you juice fruit, a lot of the goodness and fibre is lost during the process and this is much worse when you buy shop brought fruit juice. You get all the fruit sugars in one hit. Your body then sees the excess sugar in your system and carries it off to your liver to be burnt off or turned into body fat.
A glass of orange juice contains around 21g of fast-hitting sugars, and apple juice is even worse at 24g (6 teaspoons).
3: Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is another food often mistakenly put in the healthy diet foods category. Yes, fruit is good for you. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and other beneficial things like antioxidants. When you eat it as nature intended then the sugar content is no big deal thanks to the fibre that slows digestion.
But dried fruit has been processed – and when you process something you change it. A handful of dried raisins contains around 25g of fast-release sugar! That’s nearly 6 teaspoons. Dried apricots (15g), dried figs (35g) and dried apples (10g) are no better.
5: Low-Fat Foods
And finally, what about low-fat foods? Surely these have to be healthy diet foods? Unfortunately not.
Firstly, fat has been wrongly demonised since the 1950’s which triggered the low-fat movement since the. This has been pivotal in causing the obesity epidemic we are now in. I cannot say this enough…Your body needs fat to function.
Your taste buds primarily crave two different things: fats and sugars. When you take the fat out of a product it loses its likeability. If people don’t like your healthy diet foods then they don’t buy them.
So when food manufactures remove the fat to make a low-fat food, they often pile in a load of sugar! Making your low-fat foods one of the least healthy diet foods out there!
Common culprits include low-fat cakes, cereals, yoghurts and even low-fat peanut butter!
So What is The Best Diet For Weight Loss?
If you can’t rely on “healthy diet foods” then how can you easily take control of your diet and reach your weight loss goal?
There are lots of good diet plans out there. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Low Carb and Keto Diet. A simple and safe diet that uses your body’s own fat burning mechanisms to use your stored fat as energy and create fast weight loss. You can read more about the Keto diet in my blog post here…
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What If Dieting Isn’t Shifting That Stubborn Fat?
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