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Many of us spend time trying to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families, selecting what we think are wholesome nutritious foods. But unfortunately, many snacks which are marketed as ‘healthy’ actually contain hidden nasties which make them anything but. Today we explore the seemingly healthy foods you may want to reconsider during your next grocery shop!
Processed dried fruit found on supermarket shelves is loaded with sugar which, if not burnt off throughout the day, is converted to fat. A healthy diet should only include 1-2 serves of fruit per day, so munching on a bag of sugary dried fruit isn’t the best idea.
Agave and coconut nectar are often touted by health gurus as a better alternative to traditional sweeteners like sugar and honey. Unfortunately, nectar is the same breed and reacts in exactly the same way inside our body, so isn't quite the healthy option it's made out to be.
Even if they’re filled with fruits or vegetables, or are made with seemingly healthy ingredients like oats or bran, muffins are still a calorie bomb and loaded with sugar and fat in a similar fashion to cakes. If you love a muffin for morning or afternoon tea, then we suggest making your own so you know exactly what’s inside.
The supermarket cereal aisle generally contains two major ingredients: processed wheat and sugar. And boy, does your average cereal have a lot of sugar! Even cereals marketed as ‘organic’ or ‘healthy’ contain plenty of the sweet stuff, so it’s best to avoid them come breakfast time.
It may seem like a convenient and healthy lunch option, but packaged processed meats could be endangering you and your family. The World Health Organisation has listed processed meat as a known carcinogen (meaning cancer-causing) so ensure you keep these foods to an absolute minimum.
The makers of fruity yoghurts often claiming to be ’99% fat free’ have to introduce some kind of flavour to counteract the lack of fat—and that often comes in as sugar. Your average single serve of yoghurt can contain up to 20 grams of sugar, so if you’re a yoghurt lover it’s best to opt for the healthy plain variety which you can flavour with fresh fruit and spices yourself.
Often added to kids lunch boxes as a healthy snack, muesli bars fall into the same category as cereals—loaded with sugar. Making your own muesli bars is a far better option, as homemade bars aren’t processed or as full of sugar as the packaged alternative.
Have you made any swaps for some of these ‘not-so-healthy’ foods? Let us know what you’ve managed to cut out of your kitchen.
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