Increased awareness on the part of consumers has revealed several foods that are considered healthy, but they aren’t. I consider this an excellent change, but it makes things difficult as well—albeit a “good” kind of difficult. Whereas I could blindly shop for groceries before now, I dare not these days. It is becoming increasingly hard to select healthy foods off the shelves.
I know you’re wondering why—foods have labels for a reason, isn’t it? Well, bad news (which I’m sorry to break), most foods carrying nutritious tags in supermarkets are hardly healthy. If I could, I’d clear the shelves across the country and make an inferno.
I’m just kidding—about the last part only, though. Many foods we consider healthy and even recommend to others are surprisingly unhealthy. Trust me when I say it stunned me to know some of these foods. I mean, these are the things we watch on TV and give a hearty thumbs-up to.
Well, enough crying. It’s not like you can recoup or gather spilled milk, but you can create some awareness. And that, my dear, is the exact reason I’m compiling this list. So, what are the so-called “healthy foods” I should stop eating?
What Are The 7 Foods That Are Considered Healthy, But They Aren’t?
Brace for impact; this is stunning. Okay, kidding again—or maybe not.
No, nothing’s wrong with your eyes—you can see (and read) clearly. Veggie patties top the list. But, chill.
It’s not like veggie patties are without any health benefits. They are excellent alternatives for anyone looking to cut out on meat. We agree.
The problem, however, lies in the filler used in production. Studies show that processed, frozen veggies patties are nearly 70% fillers used to give off a burger texture when consumed. This means that these patties are more artificial than natural. Even in brands that list vegetables as main ingredients, be careful.
Most are produced with preserved veggies—that are typically low on protein, processed ingredients, and additives. So, in several ways, you aren’t healing your body. It’s called destruction.
Right, everyone says packaged foods are harmful—but not turkey. Turkey is clean, tasty, got some protein, and sits perfectly on a sandwich filled with tomatoes and veggies. Wait. Photocopy your heart; I’m breaking it.
Who are we holding responsible? Not me—check sodium. Yes, that’s the guilty party. Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends 1350 grams of sodium daily? Here’ the deal-breaker: a 2-ounce serving of packaged turkey provides you with over 450 grams of sodium.
Read that line again: just a two-ounce serving. Does your life flash before your eyes right now? Relax, you’re not dying yet—I can’t say how your heart is doing, though.
What’s more, packaged turkey is carcinogenic. It is prohibited or, instead, highly inadvisable. I can’t ask you to quit turkey though, so here’s a simple tip. Buy brands with just 350 grams per every 2-ounce serving. Or just cut your meat.
Did you know there are modern-day geniuses greater than Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, and Leonardo Da Vinci? The sad thing is, I don’t remember their names—but I know what they achieved. They successfully convinced the world that energy bars are healthier than candy bars.
Here’s what blows my mind: energy bars are higher in sugar and calories than candy bars. If you can’t stop eating these foods, though, here’s a piece of advice. Go for bars with at most 10 grams of sugar, 100–200 calories, and at least 3 and 4 grams of fiber and protein, respectively.
Everyone recommends bran as an excellent source of protein—also a great probiotic. Bran muffins get the nod as well. Humble and wholesome, they make a super breakfast hero. I don’t argue that.
For all of bran’s incredible nutritional value, however, it quickly becomes a supervillain when baked into a muffin. It is understandably much less nutritious. When making bran muffins, they are filled with a lot of white sugar, white flour, and butter. That’s like an alliance of known foes.
I have two words: steer clear. Or adopt muffins made with applesauce and whole wheat flour.
Let’s be guided. Contrary to what con marketers put in our heads, words like “7 grain”, “wheat” and “multigrain” are not the next best things after manna. In fact, they don’t mean much. Breads with these tags are produced from refined grains, instead of the typical (more healthy) whole grains. A multigrain or wheat bread usually lacks the fiber whole grains can give. As such, they have a spiking effect on your blood sugar levels. We must be smarter consumers.
When shopping any of these breads, only buy brands that use whole grains. They are undoubtedly healthier.
Flavored Instant Oatmeal
I was shocked when I realized this gorgeous combo was more or less a Greek offering. It’s a breakfast hero, no doubt. It’s a whole grain plus a lovely topping of nuts berries and flax. That’s like the perfect meal; what could be wrong?
Well, I’ll call a thousand times to say sorry (and hello) after this heartbreak. Flavored instant oatmeal has higher levels of sugar than steel-cut oats and standard oat rolls.
But did you think I’d take this wonder out of the menu? Of course not! An excellent alternative is oatmeal in natural peanut butter, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and vanilla extract.
I bet we drool when we have this exotic kind of grain before us. Sadly, it isn’t all that saint-like. Couscous is beauty—and the beast.
Couscous is just refined grain disguised as pasta. It’s unhealthy. Don’t give me that look; it kills me to say this. I’d advise that you settle for whole-grain couscous, although that can be difficult to find. You can just opt for quinoa. It is much healthier.
There are several other foods that are considered healthy, but they aren’t. I suppose I’ll continue with the list when I’m out of intensive care. Yeah, I’m having my heart treated; it’s broken. I mean, it isn’t easy throwing all these fantastic foods out the window. But I have to if I don’t want to be visiting a heart clinic soon—for real this time.