For dieters, there are many options available in supermarkets, but not everyone knows that some of them are not as healthy as they appear.
In an interview with British newspaper The Sun, physician and writer Michael J. Mosley, who is a presenter on the BBC, UK, warns consumers to be careful when shopping.
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“With huge advertisements in every aisle telling you why newly released products will change your health, it’s easy to fall into well-established traps and spend a fortune on ‘healthy’ foods that aren’t as healthy,” the expert comments to the journal.
He reminds you that too many foods you are eating can sabotage the results of your diet and mentions four of them:
Vegetable crisps (savory type)
While these snacks may seem nutritious, most of them are fried in sunflower oil to achieve the same crunchiness as traditional snacks, especially potato chips, Michael Mosley tells The Sun.
He adds that vegetable crisps are also high in sodium, in addition to carbohydrates (sugars) and high in fat, which make them so addictive. “You will fight not to eat anymore. Vegetable crisps, in fact, are not healthier than a traditional packet of potato chips”, advises the British doctor, who is also the author of the book Fast 800, on weight loss.
For those looking to satisfy the craving for crunchy snacks, there are healthy options, according to Mosley. He recommends alternatives like raw carrots, nuts and seeds, and fermented foods.
In the past, margarine was known as a “healthy” alternative to butter, due to its “low” fat content. But the BBC doctor and presenter says that although it has less saturated fat than butter, its production process makes it bad for your health.
“Margarine is processed from vegetable oil, which is a liquid at room temperature. At the factory, there is a process called hydrogenation, which results in the creation of trans fat, which should be avoided whenever possible, as there is a lot of scientific evidence linking the increased intake of these fats to inflammation, heart disease, stroke and bad cholesterol [LDL]”, explains Michael Mosley to The Sun.
Butter, on the other hand, is usually made with heavy cream, a natural whole food, according to the expert.
“As a concentrated dairy product, we are not advising you to douse meals with butter. However, a small amount every now and then will cause less damage than processed margarine”, says the doctor.
If you want to lose weight, the best option is to buy low-fat foods, right?
Mosley says this is wrong and that so-called “light” products are often devoid of nutrients and loaded with additives.
“High-sugar, low-fat products will raise your glucose levels and make you crave more because there’s nothing that prolongs the release of energy. Eating healthy fats, mono and polyunsaturated, will not only satisfy your taste buds, but will also reduce your appetite, as they slow down your stomach emptying”, explains the doctor.
Vegetable-based diets, especially vegan, which eliminate all animal products, are gaining more and more strength.
However, foods made from vegetables are not necessarily healthier, warns Michael Mosley.
According to him, some vegan products can be high in trans fat and simple carbohydrates (such as invert sugar).
The BBC presenter’s tip is to switch ready-to-eat processed meals for wholesome healthy foods that are sources of protein like chickpeas.
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