In Salt Lake City, the weather is getting cooler and fall has arrived. With the cooler evenings and shorter daylight hours, exercisers are tempted to slow down the burn of calories. Therefore, this is the perfect chance to turn to a healthier diet by choosing better foods. However, while most health foods on the market today are specifically designed to help people live a healthier life, several health foods are not good for you. This deception ruins millions of people's diets without them ever knowing. Sure, you have weight loss options that can shed pounds quickly, but it is also advised to go the long term route.
Here are four health foods that you should stop consuming immediately before you rack up your credit card at your next Whole Food's trip:
Most people see the zero calories included in a diet soda and think they are making a responsible choice, but that could not be further from the truth. While diet sodas may be better for you than regular soft drinks, they still can cause several health problems down the road. The artificial sweeteners used in diet soda are linked to increasing your chances of heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes, according to WomansDay. Consumption of diet sodas has also been proven to actually make people gain weight because they start to crave sweet foods on a regular basis. Start reaching for a nice glass of water, when you are thirsty. You will be amazed at how much better you begin to feel.
Granola has the look of health food, but all of its health benefits are completely outweighed by several harmful ingredients that are included. The whole grains and nuts found in most granola is packed with potassium, protein and fiber that everyone needs in a healthy diet, but it is filled with unwanted fat and sugar. Most granola available in grocery stores comes filled with added sugars to enhance the flavor of the granola. The other main problem with granola is portion size. In order to get the best health benefits, you must eat granola in very small portions. These servings are usually not enough food for a meal or snack for a normal person. This also falls under the category of "all-natural cereal,” which is also a phony way to get people to buy, even though the Cornucopia Institute recently detected GMO matter in 100% of the soy in Kashi GoLean.
Fruits are a perfect addition to a healthy diet, but once dried they lose most of their health benefits. The process of drying fruit removes all of the water from the fruit while retaining all of the sugars. You are getting all of the sugars in a normal sized piece of fruit every time you eat a piece of dried fruit but it a much smaller package. Since dried fruit is usually rather small, most people have to eat a lot to get a proper snack. This means that you will be adding a lot of extra sugar to your diet than if you ate a normal piece of fruit without gaining any added nutritional value. If you are in Salt Lake City, I suggest that you keep track of the farmer’s markets, visit them often and purchase fruit which you can freeze. This will allow you a chance to still enjoy your fruit, without the additional sugars.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
Reduced fat peanut butter is almost unanimously picked to be featured on every list of health foods that are not good for you, according to Business Insider. Many people get worried when they see the high fat content of peanut butter, but this fat is actually very good for you. If the fat is the best thing about peanut butter, then it makes absolutely no sense to remove it to make reduced fat peanut butter. When removing the fat from peanut butter, companies are forced to add extra sugar to maintain the flavor. This makes the reduced fat version have the same amount of calories without the benefit of the oils and fat that are great for your diet.
As you can see from the list above, many of the foods you may have viewed as a health alternative are actually adding to your health issues in one way or another. The best advice is I can offer to those who are searching for ways to maintain a healthy body during the cooler months that Salt Lake brings to us is to eating a balanced diet of vegetables, protein, fruits, fiber and a bit of fat. Also, consider joining a gym, such as Gold’s or Planet Fitness. This will provide you with a warm and dry place to continue exercising. Take time to think before you eat. Analyze the package data before you open that granola and decide if it is actually worth the possible health detriment it may cause.