We’ve been bombarded with a truckload of information on this new study and that new study about why a certain type of food is considered healthy and should be consumed regularly; or unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs. Many foods that we’ve all grown up thinking to be nutritious have been disproven to be so and we’re now being told to stay away from them.
Take cereals for example. Every morning for breakfast, we grew up munching on Fruit Loops and Corn Flakes and Lucky Charms mixed with fresh milk because the commercials said they were good for us. Then ten or 20 years into adulthood, we’re finding out that these cereals are laden with copious amounts of sugar and we’re told that milk feeds on cancer cells and can ultimately lead us to death’s door. So yeah, around 90% of the food we’ve consumed in our lifetime is considered hazardous. In other words, the food listed below can supposedly “kill” you.
While it’s true that avocados have tons of health benefits, filled with nutrients, loaded with fiber, and can lower cholesterol, eating too much of it can also prove dangerous to your health. While it’s true that it’s loaded with monounsaturated fats, which are good for you—fat is still fat, even if it’s of the acceptable sort. According to an article on Pop Sugar, avocadoes are high in calories, a medium-sized one bringing in 250 calories, as compared to the same-sized apple, which is only comprised of 100 calories. Eating it in moderation is fine, as long as you avoid other fatty foods as well.
The long-standing debate on whether eggs are good for you or not has been going on for far too long. Based on an article on Huffington Post, eggs in general can be nutritious. They’re said to help lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, and decrease inflammation. But this only bodes true for individuals in the pink of health. What of people who are diabetic, have a history of hypercholesterolemia or athletes trying to stay trim? Three eggs a day for people in this category could greatly affect their health or in the case of the athlete, hamper his weight loss efforts due to the high caloric content of eggs.
17 Low-fat milk
We all know that while it’s packed with calcium and is therefore the best weapon to combat osteoporosis, milk is also loaded with fat. That’s why as adults, we switch to low-fat or non-fat or even skim milk. But as published in Time, people who take full-fat dairy are in no less danger of contracting diabetes or becoming obese than those who take low-fat milk. That’s because filtering out the fat in milk may also remove some of its essential nutrients. So some experts say you may be better off just taking full-milk.
Nuts in their barest and most natural form can actually be considered healthy if taken in moderation. But preserved nuts coated in sugar and salt are high in fat and calories and there are certain kinds of nuts that ought to be avoided, as published by Health. The nuts that can cause harm to your health are those packaged in roasted oil because of the fatty acids; macadamia nuts and pecans due to the high amount of calories but low levels of protein; and party mix nuts.
15 Cereal bars
It’s positioned as the breakfast meal for on-the-go folks, as it’s something you can easily grab and stuff into your bag as you rush off to work or school. But an article in the Telegraph states that cereal bars may actually be as bad for your health as croissants or chocolate bars. A cereal bar is said to contain an insane amount of sugar—42% of its entire content, bringing it to nearly half of it. Advertisers always focus on the bar’s whole grain ingredient so that they can market it as healthy, but they conveniently fail to mention that the sugar content is higher than the fiber.
Contrary to what most news reports claim, not all forms of seafood are completely healthy and safe to consume. According to PETA, tuna can actually be hazardous to your health if consumed in large amounts and not cooked properly. The website goes on to state that tuna accumulates mercury in its flesh and can lead to mercury poisoning and cause a heart attack. Added to that, the way the big tunas are caught is that they’re impaled on barbed metal hooks, which can cause the metal to suffuse with the fish’s insides, thus elevating the risks of food poisoning for the consumer.
13 Deli meats
We all love the occasional cold cuts, especially if they’re served with wine a good variety of cheese. And it’s been generally stated that so long as deli meat is fresh and smoked, it can actually be healthy. But where’s the rub? According to The Star, deli meats should only be eaten occasionally, a couple of times a week at best. The reason? Majority of deli meats are sodium and preservatives before they’re smoked in order to keep them as fresh and tasty as possible. In the long-run, if consumed on a daily basis, it can elevate blood pressure, cause kidney damage, and increase the risk of heart diseases.
Like cereal bars, granola bars are apparently and shockingly far from nutritious, according to The Daily Mail. It contains more sugar than a can of soda and even though the sugar is actually advertised as honey, it’s still sugar. It may be low in sodium, but the fat content in a granola bar is apparently through the roof. Most alarming of all, its caloric content more or less comprises already a third of the ideal calorie intake needed for a day.
11 Artichoke spinach dip
It’s usually the go-to dip when you’re eating at a restaurant and want an appetizer to tide you over until the next course arrives. Apparently, just because they have the words artichoke and spinach in them doesn’t mean it’s good for you. According to Shape, a few spoonfuls of the dip contain hundreds of calories, as well as loads of fat. There are certainly healthier alternatives to this ever so popular restaurant fare and they can be made right at home.
10 Fat-free yogurt
Yogurt is usually a staple for the health conscious and is seen to be a good alternative to milk or other fatty dairy because it’s said to contain less fat. But same with the whole full-fat milk and low-fat milk debate, the same issue is up in the air for full-fat yogurt and fat-free yogurt. As reported in The Daily Mail, fat-free yogurt may actually cause more weight gain than the whole-fat yogurt because while the fat is most certainly reduced, there’s plenty of sugar added to compensate for the lack of fat.
9 Smoothies and Fruit Juices
It’s been ingrained in our heads that fruit drinks are a much better alternative to soda or alcohol, leading to a significant drop in soda sales and an increase in fruit juice consumption. But according to The Guardian, fruit juices and fruit smoothies can actually be quite the health hazard simply because the ingredients include high contents of fructose and concentrate. At the end of the day, scientists say we’re better off eating the actual fruit than taking it in its liquid form.
8 Chicken wraps
While generally considered to be a healthy dish, chicken wraps can also be considered unhealthy. It really all depends on the kind of chicken you use, the type of wrap, and the little extras you add to it. As reported by SF Gate, a wrap made up of chicken wing or thigh parts cause an increase in calories, as these chicken parts are comprised of 240 calories compared to chicken breasts. White wraps, like white bread, also pack in the calories, making whole wheat or whole grain wraps a better alternative. And of course, extras like cheese, mayonnaise, and ketchup make the entire wrap one huge calorie machine.
7 Gluten-free products
The whole gluten phenomenon has been permeating healthy living and some experts say that while having a non-gluten diet can be beneficial, products that are free of gluten are not exactly healthier than products that contain it. A report on CTV Canada shows further elaborates that gluten being removed also means there’s an absence of wheat, which is a source of carbohydrates. But the problem is, the wheat is often replaced by cornstarch or rice flour, which contain even more carbs and are therefore more fattening.
6 Vegetable pizza
Pizza definitely falls into the category of junk food, but it’s too delicious to do without. So we’re lulled into that false sense of reassurance that if we order a vegetable pizza, then we’re eating healthy. But according to Shape, a pizza loaded with vegetables also contains heaps of cheese to make up for the absence of meat or tomatoes and olives that are soaked in oil, not to mention the fact that the vegetables are likely not fresh. Your best bet? Making your own homemade pizza with fresh and natural ingredients.
5 Wild mushrooms
Almost all vegetables are considered healthy, whether fresh or steamed or baked. But what of wild mushrooms? According to Mother Nature Network, mushrooms sold in grocery stores and farmer’s markets are largely considered edible and even fibrous, but for those who enjoy foraging for their own mushrooms in the wild, it’s wise to heed the warning that there are many wild ones that are inedible. In fact, some are downright poisonous, having the potential to cause liver failure or even death if consumed in the raw.
4 Spinach pasta
Pasta is generally considered fattening because the noodles are loaded with carbs. So many switch to spinach pasta, as they’re under the assumption that the vegetable part of it makes it healthier. But a report in Huffington Post debunks the notion. According to the article, spinach pasta is actually devoid of fiber and is usually not even made from real spinach—rather, the white pasta is likely dipped in powder form spinach only, a poor substitute for the real thing.
As reported by SF Gate, beans are actually quite healthy if eaten in their natural form. But of course, that wouldn’t be the most appetizing thing and so people mix them up with other ingredients to make them more palatable. But depending on the way bean dishes are prepared, they can sometimes prove to be undesirable for the health. Beans that are fried and mixed with meat are largely considered hazardous to the health because they contain lard and salt, leading to a bad case of uric acid or cardiovascular diseases.
Because it’s comprised of fresh seafood and vegetables, sushi is largely considered healthy by many celebrities who supposedly swear by it to stay trim. But an article on The Daily Mail says outright that sushi can actually make you put on weight rather than lose it. Shockingly, sushi averages around 300 calories per roll and has the same amount of carbs as two slices of bread. And one roll is not enough to satisfy our cravings, as we normally consume four on the average each meal.
There’s been a long-standing debate on which dairy is healthier: butter or margarine. For a time, studies said it was butter. Then they said it was margarine. Based on an article on The Daily Mail, the verdict rules in favor of butter. Even if margarine is marketed as healthy if it’s in its non-homogenous form, it’s still synthetic and laden with chemicals, not to mention lacking in taste, as compared to butter, which is infinitely easier on the taste buds.