Let’s quash some totally unacceptable healthy eating myths. I find branding so incredibly misleading on 99% of the things i eat and i think the hardest thing to come to grips with is that food lies. Brands mislead us all the time: think ‘fat free’, ‘low sugar’, ‘diet’ and you think nutritious healthy and wholesome. Let’s decode these phrases for a sec:
Fat free- full of sugar to compensate for lack of fat.
Low sugar/ 0% added sugar: still full of sugar but lower quantities than other brands. Or, and more likely, full of additives and sweeteners that we can’t pronounce to compensate for a lack of sugar.
Diet- a marginally lower calorie version of something that is probably not good for you. Again, probably full of chemicals to compensate- think Diet Coke…. How can something taste that good with no calories- eeeek.
Since my weight loss I’ve gone through various stages of Healthy eating, from Counting calories to cutting carbs, to finally now understanding that fats and carbs aren’t bad for you… It’s taken over 3 years and I’m still shocked by some things I learn and the ways in which foods are sold to us.
Here’s my top 5 worse offenders of “healthy” unhealthy foods to watch out for:
Cereal bars/ breakfast bars
Cereal bars are not under any circumstance a good breakfast on the go. They are full of sugar- the only reasons why the calorie content seems low is because of the tiny minuscule size that will fill you up for around the same amount of time it takes you to consume it. Lots of good healthier natural alternative available- my favourites include naked bars and eat natural bars. Soooo good (in moderation as still have lots of natural sugar in- bore fest).
Read the pack. 30grams, or at best 45grams is often the portion for which they provide nutritional information. Weigh it out, out of interest just once and it’ll terrify you. I reckon I have at least 80grams of coco pops easily and usualy go back for a second bowl… (Note to self; add coco pops to my shopping list 😉)
Sorry ‘Go Ahead’ biscuits this is mainly you. Guys read the packet- understand what a portion is according to the packet (The nutritional info I’m afraid to say is based on 1 biscuit- no one in the history of the world has ever just eaten one of the biscuits in a go ahead pack). And when you add everything together you might as well tuck into a kit Kat. (Note to self; add kitkats to my shopping list…)
I love you so much yoghurt. I really do but your packaging is so misleading. Stick to Greek or natural yoghurt and pick whether you want the fat or the sugar (fat free). Unfortunately a muller corner doesn’t qualify as a guilt free pudding no matter how fat free if claims to be. And no, Nicole Scheerzinger didn’t get so slim eating Muller light yogurts all day long.
NB- favourite Greek yoghurt toppings: banana and grated dark chocolate, berries, honey and banana with a sprinkle or muesli.
There is no denying it- Diet Coke isn’t going to make you put weight on the same way that ‘full fat’ Coke will. I mean aside from the fact it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good as Coke (it just doesn’t guys, stop kidding yourselves). But how can something with such a lot of flavour, have no calories?! Zero, nada, nothing?! It’s full of chemicals which I’ve heard can make you store fat so if you really want to loose weight stick to boring old H2O.
Now, I’m no expert in health food but just pay attention to packaging and read the ingredients- you soon learn what’s lying and what’s not! Why is it like rocket science to figure out if you are making healthy choices or not?!