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5 'Healthy' Foods And Drinks That Could Be Making You Significantly Unhealthier

28.11.2013

Below we have 5 ‘healthy’ foods and drinks, some or all of which you may consume on a weekly or daily basis. The likelihood is that if you consume any of the following foods or drinks, you may be doing so with good intentions.

However, replacing these following foods and drinks from your lifestyle could benefit you in many ways. Losing those few extra pounds, having more energy throughout the day and avoiding the hunger pangs experienced in between meals, just to name a few.

 

1. Snack/energy bars

The packaging and location in health shops/supermarkets of these bars lead us to believe that by consuming them we are loading ourselves with the energy and nutrients our bodies need until our next meal. However, this is anything but the truth. For example, the ‘Belvita Strawberry & Yogurt Crunch’ bars contain 13g of sugar and 8g of fat. These shocking levels of sugar and fat will give you the quick energy boost you are after but will very quickly leave you feeling lethargic and due to the size of the bar, very hungry within 20 minutes! This unfulfilling snack will also leave you with a fraction of money were you to buy fresh foods in preparation for snacks. These pre-packaged bars are designed for ease and convenience, but creating your own snacks using basic and fresh food is just as simple once you are equipped with the information! For inspiration on snacks that will boost you with lasting energy and enable you to keep your waistline in check, check out our range of recipes.

 

2. Flavoured yogurts

We understand that natural yogurt doesn’t have the same sweet taste as other fruit flavoured yogurts. However, in the case of the ‘Activia mixed fruit yogurt’ comes 16.8g of sugar and 4g of fat per serving. Compare this with 4.9g of sugar and 0.2g of fat for a basic low fat natural yogurt, and you have yourself a none-brainer. Not only does natural yogurt contain more protein – keeping you fuller for longer, but it gives you the choice of what flavours you’d like to add yourself! A handful of berries such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries make a great accompaniment to your yogurt. If you are after the added bit of sweetness, try sprinkling a dusting of cinnamon over your dish. Cinnamon is a natural form of sweetener, and studies have shown that it may even help those with diabetes by controlling blood glucose levels. Check out our blog to see the stark financial and nutritional comparisons between fruit flavoured yogurt and natural yogurt here.

 

3. Flavoured and nutrition water

Power, defence, essential, revive, detox, boost – these are all words used along side nutrition water labels in an aid to quickly inform you of it’s purpose. However, with the best intentions, you still cannot escape from the 15g of sugar the majority of these drinks come with. This large intake of sugar is not necessary and will leaving you feeling depleted of energy. Instead, get your nutrients from healthy food sources and drink pure water in order to stay hydrated and feeling at your best.

Please see our blog on the importance of staying hydrated and the impact it can have on you if you don’t.

 

4. Muesli

Muesli is often aimed at those that are health and weight conscious. There are clearly far worse alternatives for your first meal of the day, such as a thick slice of white toast or a bowl full of sugary chocolate flavoured cereal. However the idea that muesli is a wise choice when maintaining your weight or shedding those few pounds is misleading. A 750g box of ‘Alpen original muesli’ contains an enormous 173g of sugar! They equate this to 23.1g per serving. Not only are these servings underestimated in terms of the amount that we pour into our bowls on a daily basis, but even if they were accurate, 23.1g is staggering in terms of being the expected sugar consumption. This will give you a huge sugar high, and inevitably a rapid sugar low, just in time for your arrival at the office! Don’t be surprised if you’re hungry by 10am either! Why not check out our quick, easy, and weight loss friendly hot or cold breakfast ideas here?

 

5. Avocados

Avocado is somewhat of an innocent bystander in this list. After all, it has been shown to lower cholesterol, improve skin, and reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes. Each avocado contains on average 10g of fibre and more than double the potassium in a banana, but it also comes with plenty of healthy heart fat. Tanya Zuckerbrot, a registered dietician has said that although avocados are packed full with more than 20 vitamins and minerals, they are still dense in healthy heart fat. This doesn’t take away from any of the improvements avocados could make to your health, but it does mean that you’ll have to bear in mind your consumption of them, using them in moderation in order to keep your weight maintenance in check.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our healthy eating initiatives and how they could improve your business, please call 0845 533 5302.

 



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