The world of nutrition is a controversial one. As soon as one study is published and its results made public, another study will come along that disproves or completely alters the findings of the first.
Combine this with large food companies attempting to sway the public in their favour, and it can be extremely difficult for the average person to really know what they should and shouldn’t eat.
This is especially prevalent when it comes to so-called “superfoods”, which are foods that people argue are so healthy that they should be enjoyed every day. Here we will look at some of the more well-known ones and why they are actually not all that healthy at all.
Zero Diet Drinks
Sugar has long been in the bad books of the world’s leading health experts, and it’s been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that consuming too much sugar is bad for a person’s body, leading to weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, and a number of other conditions.
Soda companies were quick to take note of this and began offering alternatives that came without any added sugar. The problem is that they often included artificial sweeteners that weren’t just bad for a person, but sometimes significantly more so than normal soda. In fact, numerous research has found that most artificial sweeteners can lead to the exact same issues that sugar is so well-known for.
Fruit should be a large part of everyone’s diet, and most fruits offering a multitude of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plenty of fibre. But these benefits are only available when the fruit is eaten in whole forms, meaning that the fruit should remain as unprocessed as possible.
Fruit juices, often lauded as incredibly healthy, are completely devoid of any fibre, meaning that the body absorbs nothing but pure fructose, the primary sugar found in fruit that would otherwise not be a problem when there’s adequate fibre present.
The more that a food is processed, the worse it is for a person, so even cereals that boast about being “whole grain” are often not that healthy at all.
Modern cereals are also usually packed with way more sugar than a person should be consuming on a daily basis, and when combined with the artificial flavourants and preservatives that keep the cereal fresh and tasty, they’re actually some of the words foods to have, especially when eaten first thing in the morning while enjoying real money pokies in Australia.
Spreads & Margarines
Studies have found that consuming butter is fairly unhealthy, and it led to an explosion in butter alternatives, including low-fat spreads and margarines.
These are usually advertised as good for a person’s heart, but a quick look at the ingredients and it’s easy to see that they are anything but. Packed with refined vegetable oils and plenty of trans fats, and it becomes clear quickly that these spreads should be avoided as much as possible.