Health Foods You Should AVOID

By on August 31, 2015

The only real health foods out there are whole foods. These include fresh fruit, vegetables, oats, lean sources of protein and all the other nutritious, delicious foods available. Although true, supermarket aisles are filled with “health foods”.

Health conscious consumers gravitate towards these items hoping that they will assist in the battle of the bulge. There are options out there that are smart additions to a diet while others should be avoided. Since the list of foods to avoid is extremely lengthy, let’s go over the warning signs to look out for on your next shopping trip.

First, you want to avoid foods with misleading labels. Aisles are riddled with foods whose packaging reads, fat free, sugar free, natural and low carb. Of course those that want to eat well would consider trying these foods but they are often misleading. Foods that are fat free can be unhealthy.

Simple carbohydrates like white bread, ice cream and candy can all be fat free and many sugar free foods actually contain sugar. In fact they can include half a gram of sugar per serving. As for the natural and low carb claims, these labels are not regulated meaning they can be placed on any product. In order to determine if a health food should be purchased, look at the nutrition facts.

Serving size and calories per serving are important but pay close attention to the ingredients. If all of them are clean, meaning it doesn’t include things like artificial flavors, colorants and preservatives, you are good to go. Ingredients to look for include whole grains, barley, nuts, fruit, etc.

To give you more specific guidelines, avoid health foods that are high in calories, fat and/or sugar. In order to determine if a food falls within this group you must refer to the nutrition facts (this cannot be stressed enough). The numbers are right there. A lot of seemingly good choices like gluten free snacks, protein bars and fiber packed foods do not supply quality calories.

There are even clean foods to watch out for like yogurt, avocados, and fish. Although they shouldn’t be avoided like the foods discussed previously, they require additional attention. Yogurt is not supposed to have the sugar content of a dessert so find the best option available.

As for healthy sources of fat like avocados and fish, they are great additions to any diet but portion size is crucial. Too much healthy fat can make too much you.