Many of us are confused about the type of food that can make us healthy. Many of us are thoroughly inundated with a wide variety of food lies. This could obscure the truth and the situation can be made even more complicated by the fact that manufacturers habitually label food products falsely. In this case, we should have a common knowledge about sweets, fast food and other kinds of junk foods. It can be quite tricky to identify them. We should pay attention to these common lies:
- Cereals are always healthy: Many people would immediately believe it if they are told that cereals are healthy. In fact, some people would consume more Cheerios, because it is also cereals. In fact, manufacturers often say that their cereals are able to lower our cholesterol. However, we should be aware that marketers often use the word “can” conspicuously to allow them escape any allegation related to their claims. In many cases, cereal products are often consisted of starch and sugar. In this case, Cheerios and similar products are consisted mostly of carbohydrates and small amount of protein and fiber. In some cases, it is acceptable to consume bagels and bacon for breakfast, but such a meal won’t be sustainable for our health. Cheerios is not the healthiest breakfast option we get. We could eat it, but we shouldn’t consider it healthy food. There are cereals products that are healthier than others, with very low sugar content, higher complex carbohydrate content and more dietary fiber.
- Sugar free products are better: This is also a common lie provided by food manufacturers. Many of their products are often touted as sugar free. However, we should know that although they are low in sugar or simple glucose, they could contain ore saturated fat. They hide this nasty fact, by telling people about their low sugar status.
- Fat free products are better: This claim is also often used in the food industry and often considered as the opposite to sugar free claims. In this case, the highly advertised fat free products are often heavily laden with sugar or even some artificial sweetener to reduce costs. We often find that fat free cookies and ice cream are quite sweet. In this case, fat free products are not always healthier options and they could actually cause to gain weight. Fat isn’t something that we need to avoid entirely, unsaturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids could help us stay healthy. It should also be noted that making food products completely free of fat is difficult and expensive, so it is quite possible that the product still contains less than 0.5 grams of fat per 100 grams serving.
- Low-calorie options are healthier: For many dieters, getting a low-calorie, tasty food can be like music to their ear. They would love to get an opportunity to consume a pack of cookies and get only 100 calories. However, we should be aware that even if the product is low in sugar and fat, it still contains some preservatives, coloring and taste enhancers.