6 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Aren’t Actually Too Good For You

December 19, 2013 | Filed Under Nutrition Update 

People think certain foods are healthy, but I want them to know they’re not as healthy as they think.

I’m sure you love the fact food companies provide you with tasty food, but how would you feel if certain foods weren’t as healthy as you first thought? There are a large number of foods we eat because they’re deemed healthy, but we’re going to look at some of the ones that are actually a little evil. You can still eat them, but first you should know the truth.

Pasta

Pasta

When you walk into the supermarket you might see pasta salad on the shelf and how can anything associated with salad be unhealthy? People rave about Mediterranean cuisine being healthy and pasta is a staple of the diet. At the end of the day it’s simply processed food which doesn’t offer your body much at all. Carbohydrates might be cheap and they will fill you up when you’re hungry, but people are overweight because they eat too much of them.

Ketchup

Ketchup

It’s hard to believe ketchup was close to being classified as a vegetable in the US. Maybe that is part of the reason why everyone thinks it’s healthy. Another reason is because it contains tomatoes, but you will find a lot more than that inside your ketchup bottle. The reason it’s very unhealthy is due to the fact it’s full of sugar. Just because something is sweet doesn’t mean you should be eating it.

Soy sauce

Soy sauce

Soy sauce is delicious and it can add some flavor to many different dishes, but you shouldn’t use a lot of it because it’s not the best condiment in the world. Don’t be fooled by the fat free claim even though it might sound nice. The problem with soy sauce is the very high salt content which isn’t too great for your body. It’s easy to resist putting too much salt on your food, but when it’s hidden inside a sauce you don’t even know you’re consuming it.

Fruit juice

Fruit juice

How many gallons of fruit juice have you drunk over the years? Most people have a glass every morning when they’re eating breakfast. Drinking lots of fruit juice is the same as tilting your head back and pouring a packet of sugar into your mouth. Even though it contains vitamins and minerals it’s packed full of calories, so if you still want some fruit at breakfast time you should pick up an apple or an orange from the fruit bowl.

Brown bread

Brown bread

White bread isn’t great for you, but I’m sure you already knew that. It’s laughable when people turn around and tell you brown bread is different because at the end of the day it’s basically the same thing. Let’s forget everything that is good about brown bread and instead we’ll concentrate on what is bad about it. Brown bread is nothing but processed carbohydrates and we already know we eat far too much of it.

Vegetable oil

Vegetable oil

Vegetables are great and you should eat them every day. Your mom probably taught you that when you were young, but she wasn’t talking about vegetable oil. It’s only popular because it’s cheap, but it’s definitely not healthy. Luckily there are healthier options out there and the best one you can choose is coconut oil. I think we’ve reaffirmed the fact you can’t always assume something about a particular food because of its name.

You’re being tricked

If you knew the truth about how companies played tricks with your mind you would end up with a headache. We’ve not even mentioned healthy cereals or fat-free yogurt and I’m sure there are many more bad foods out there. If you cut down on the foods we’ve spoken about today it will improve your diet.

The author of this post, Amy Jackson, works at Sugar Tree, providers of cake decorating tools. A tech enthusiast, she is always on the lookout for the latest gadgets to hit the marketplace.

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