A List Of Unhealthy Foods That Are Often Considered Healthy
In the world we live in today, it is really hard to make an unhealthy foods list seeing as there is a massive amount out there in circulation for everyone to take from.
For those of you who have made a commitment to stick to the healthy way of life, we have gone ahead to make a list of unhealthy foods that many people would consider healthy even though they may not be. Make sure to avoid or at least limit your intake of such foods if you want to be healthy.
1. Sports Drinks:
Sports drinks do contain electrolytes and carbs which makes them ideal for recovery, but they are not suitable for everybody. Unless you are an athlete or someone who spends long hours doing some intense workouts, you really have no need for such drinks.
Keep in mind that sports drinks have a dangerous amount of sugar present in them which can lead to an increase in health issues related to excess sugar such as weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. let's not also forget about the artificial flavors and other harmful ingredients they may contain. So, stay away from such drinks and opt for some water instead (it is much better for you).
2. Diet Drinks:
Many people consider diet Drinks as a healthier alternative to regular sugary drinks. After all, these drinks don’t contain any sugar or calories, so they are good for weight loss. The problem is, there is no clear evidence of this.
Let’s not also forget that diet drinks are packed with artificial sweeteners and other harmful ingredients that can do damage to your health. It is safe to say that diet drinks are not healthy, and there is literally no reason why you should consume them.
3. Brown Bread:
Most people assume that brown bread is healthy, but it not always the case. Before buying anything, make sure to read the ingredients label to see if the bread is actually made with whole wheat or whole grain.
If the label reads "enriched flour'' instead of "whole wheat or whole grain flour" then you know you are basically buying some disguised white bread. We all know how bad white bread cab be for your health so opting for the whole grains option instead is your best bet if you want to eat healthy.
Make sure to choose a brand of bread that is low in sodium and contains at least 3 grams of fiber per slice. You should also read the ingredient labels to make sure that the bread you choose contains no sweeteners (such as high fructose corn syrup) or preservatives.
4. Fruit Juices:
Some people think that fruit juices are healthy because they are filled with fruits and fruits are healthy. Well, that would be true if they were actually just filled with only fruits, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
Fruit juices are actually filled with a ton of sugar and unlike real fruits, they contain virtually no fiber. It is safe to say that most fruit juices don’t offer much in term of nutrients (they are no different than other sugary drinks).
5. Industrial Vegetable Oil (Refined Oil):
Refined oil has become really popular over the past few years. Almost everyone uses them now, but not everyone is aware of the fact that they can cause a lot of inflammation to your body (they contain trans fat). These oils can cause some serious damage to your body ranging from heart disease to even cancer.
By vegetable oils, we basically mean sunflower oil, canola oil, corn oil and soybean oil (the cheap and refined kind of oils you buy at the grocery store). Instead of going for these, go for healthier options like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.” ~ Joan Dye Gussow
Many people consider margarine as a healthier alternative to butter, but it is not. It is safe to say that margarine is not good for you. It does contain some unhealthy ingredients such as trans fat. Consuming a lot of trans fat could lead to numerous health-related issues and even an increased risk of heart disease.
7. Vitamin Water:
Some people may think of vitamin water as a healthy alternative to plain water, but it is not the case. Yes, with vitamin water you get the extra vitamins which can be a good thing, but you also get a lot of the unwanted stuff (we are talking about the extra sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavors).
To make a long story short, it is a lot better to stick with plain old water (H2O). If you still need the vitamins, you can always buy a quality multivitamin supplement instead (it is a much better and cheaper way to get your vitamins).
8. Processed Cheese:
Processed cheese contains emulsifiers, coloring and other far more dangerous chemicals that shouldn’t be in your body. It also contains a high amount of calories and has the ability to spike up your blood pressure due to the high amount of salt preservatives present in it. Opting for The natural cheese instead of the processed one is your best bet if you want to eat healthy.
9. Sugary Cereal:
With the presence of the word “sugar”, you should already know why you don’t need to be consuming this seeing as excessive sugar could lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. This actually goes for most cereal brands out there, so you might as well ditch your favorite cereal for a healthier breakfast alternative like homemade oatmeal if you want to eat healthy.
10. Frozen Pizza:
Here’s a fun fact, frozen pizza has a high content of unhealthy fat (including trans fat). Who knew, right? Well, as we all know trans fat is dangerously unhealthy for the human body. Trans fat gives an increase in cholesterol level which thereby leads to heart disease.
Just so you have an idea of what we are talking about, here’s a bit of math. A slice of cheese pizza has about 17.9 grams of fat, a slice of beef pizza has about 20.6 grams of fat in it, so you can imagine just how much fat you are putting into your body when you consume pizza.
Let’s not also forget that frozen pizza can also be packed with sodium and other harmful food additives. To make a long story short, if you are craving some pizza, make sure to make a fresh one at home using some quality ingredients instead of buying some junk from your local grocery store. Needless to say, pizza is a high calorie food so make sure not to overeat.
11. Canned Soups:
Canned soups tend to have a high amount of sodium in them which when consumed in excess, could lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. They can also have a lot of added fat, sugar, preservatives and other nasty ingredients that can add a lot of empty calories to your meal.
You should always read the ingredient labels to make sure that the soup you choose does not contain any unhealthy ingredients such as hydrogenated oils. Always opt for the low fat, low sodium option if you buy one, or better yet, make your own soup at home using some healthy ingredients.
12. Protein Bars:
Most people assume that protein bars are healthy, but it is not always the case. In fact, a lot of protein bars are nothing more than just some candy bars with added protein (usually low quality protein).
Many protein bars are packed with sugar, saturated fat, artificial sweeteners, and other harmful ingredients. The key here is to always check the nutritional label and make sure to go for the healthy option before you decide to buy. After all, not all the protein bars are created equals.
There's no denying that protein bars are a convenient way to add protein to your diet, but they are not always the healthiest option and certainly not the cheapest one. Buying a quality protein powder and making your own protein shake at home using some fresh ingredients is always a better option (if you have the time to do it).
13. Energy Drinks:
You would think when you take energy drinks you are safe from harm, but that’s where you would be wrong. Energy drinks contain a high amount of caffeine which could lead to high blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting.
They are also packed with sugar, artificial sweeteners and other unhealthy ingredients like ginseng, guarana, and taurine. Energy drinks do more harm than good, and there is literally no reason why you should consume them.
14. Fast Food Meals:
Obviously not all the fast food meals are bad, but most of them tend to contain a massive amount of calories and fat due to the type of ingredients used to cook such foods. This is why you could easily gain a lot of weight if you consume only fast food meals for a short while. It is highly recommended to reduce your trips to fast food places and limit your intake of such food.
Ideally, you want to cook your own food at home using some healthy ingredients, but we do understand that it is not always possible. In such scenarios where you have to eat out, it is advisable to go for the healthier options available. Remember, some fast food restaurants have a healthy option on their menu. So, it is possible sometimes to eat healthy even when you order a take out.
15. Deli Meats:
Deli meat is basically processed meat, and these are usually preserved by either salting or use of additional chemical preservatives. Chemicals which shouldn’t be in the body. Deli meats tend to have a high amount of sodium in them which when consumed in excess, could lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke.
16. Granola Bars:
‘’Granola didn't sell very well when it was good for you. Now it has caramel, chocolate, marshmallow, saturated fat and sweeteners with a small amount of oats and grains. Sales picked up’’ ~ George Carlin
Most people assume that granola bars are healthy, but it is not always the case. Many Granola bars are packed with sugar, saturated fat, and other harmful ingredients. The key here is to check the nutritional label and make sure to go for the healthy option before you decide to buy. After all, not all the granola bars are created equals.
17. Fruit Cocktail:
Fruit cocktails might sound like a good thing but they actually contain a heavy amount of syrup with a ton of sugar which would not only lead to weight gain when consumed in excess but also other dangerous health-related diseases as well.
18. Salad Dressings:
Most salad dressings, especially the ones used in fast foods are usually laced with a high amount of empty calories. They tend to have a high content of bad fat (mostly from inflammatory soybean oil) and sugar (high fructose corn syrup) so you have to make sure to read the nutritional label before you decide to buy one of those.
It is highly recommended that you make your own salad dressing at home using some healthy ingredients such as olive oil and lemon juice instead of buying an unhealthy one at your local grocery store.
19. Bottled Coffee Drinks:
It is safe to say that bottled coffee drinks are not a good alternative to regular coffee. Unlike regular coffee, these drinks are packed with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients such as creamers and artificial flavors. Do yourself a favor, stay away from these drinks and opt for some black coffee instead.
20. Sugary Snacks:
We all know how sweet sugary snacks can be due to the high amount of sugar present in them and if you’ve read up to this last food, you should already know why we don’t need excess sugar in our body and what harm it can cause. Let’s not also forget that sugary snacks can sometimes have a high content of bad fats so you should definitely stay away from them.
For those who have a sweet tooth, dark chocolate (70% or more cacao) is a much healthier alternative. With dark chocolate, you get all the benefits of chocolate with a lot less of the unwanted stuff like the sugar. Needless to say, dark chocolate is a calorie-dense food so make sure not to overeat.
21. Reduced Fat Peanut Butter:
You may think of reduced fat peanut butter as a healthier alternative to regular peanut butter, but it is not the case. The reduced fat peanut butter does contain less fat obviously, but it does also contain a lot of extra sugar.
By opting for the reduced fat type, you are basically trading some quality fat for some unhealthy sugar which is not a good thing to do. When you come to think about it, there is nothing wrong with eating regular peanut butter (just make sure not to over eat).
Crackers are often branded as healthy and nutritious, but it is not always the case. Crackers are generally low in fat and calories, but that does not make them necessarily healthy. Most of the crackers you buy at your local grocery store are made with white flour and other unhealthy ingredients. They are typically low in fiber and high in sodium (they're not much more than empty carbs).
You should always read the ingredient labels to make sure that the crackers you choose do not contain any unhealthy ingredients. Always opt for the whole grain (high fiber), low sodium option if you decide to buy such snack (it is much better for your health).