My great aunts and uncles ate fried food, lots of butter and all the “bad” things. They all lived well into their 80’s. They also worked on a farm from sunrise to sunset. Our problem today is that we have grown too lazy. Gazillion dieting ideas, medical interventions, fat free food seem ineffective. The world is growing fatter.
Here are some snacking myths – commonly believed to be healthy, while they are not.
1| Diet Sodas, Drinks And Teas
Zero calories isn’t always a good thing, particularly when diet or sugar-free drinks are loaded with artificial sweeteners. (Not exactly an all-natural, wholesome additive!) Sweeteners may increase sugar or carbohydrate cravings, and if consumed in great quantity, may actually impact weight gain.
2| Fat-Free/Reduced Fat Cheese
If you’re looking to drop a few pounds or eat more healthfully, fat-free or reduced fat cheese may not be your answer. It tends to be less flavorful and satisfying than full-fat cheese, so you have to eat more to feel full, which can translate to overdoing it on calories.
In small doses, granola is super satisfying and can provide many health benefits (it’s high in fiber and unsaturated fats, which lower cholesterol). But add in excess sugar and chow down portions that could feed three people, and this iconic hippie-friendly snack isn’t so wholesome anymore.
4| Fat-Free Salad Dressing
These “light” dressings line grocery store shelves, promising dieters with a healthy halo of sorts. But they’re generally crammed with extra sugar or high fructose corn syrup to make up for flavor, and they are too often missing all the heart-healthy olive oil or any other healthy substitutes, that makes vinaigrettes both good for you and delicious.
5| Smoothies and Yogurt Drinks
The typical bottled yogurt drink you’ll find on grocery shelves contains about 40 grams of sugar. (That’s 10 teaspoons!) To put that in perspective, a healthy adult’s entire day’s recommendation of sugar is 48 grams.