9 Foods You Should Avoid When Food Shopping Posted in: Featured, Food Power – Tags: , ,

If there’s one thing ‘healthy’ foods have, it’s good marketing. Here’s a quick list of 9 foods to consider avoiding when buying groceries.

Smoked and Cured Meats

Smoked meats are very flavorsome, however eating large amounts of smoked meat can lead to an increased risk of cancer. The carcinogens carried in smoke are not healthy for the body. The National Cancer Institute claims polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (organic compounds containing only carbon and hydrogen) form when meat is cooked at high temperatures, such as smoking.

9 Foods You Should Avoid When Food Shopping

9 Foods You Should Avoid When Food Shopping

Despite sodium being important in diet, eating smoked meats can mean an over-intake of sodium, because of the cooking process involving brine and salt-curing. High salt intake can bring on migraines, heart disease and even high blood pressure.

Lastly, as with all meats, grease and fat is prevalent. Current regulations allow up to half of the weight of pork sausages to be fat.

Cereal

One of the most popular breakfasts, consumed daily by millions, is actually fairly unhealthy. They’re high in sugar and low in nutrients due to trying to increase shelf life. Preservatives replace vitamins, while the ‘with added vitamin B’ marketing ploys mean customers end up consuming vitamins and minerals that don’t offer much nutritional value at all, as opposed to fresh foods.

Try whole foods and fresh fruit instead, oatmeal and a banana for example.

White rice

In a recent study carried out by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, studies found that people who ate white rice more than five times a week had a 17% higher risk of type 2 diabetes than those who ate it less than once a month. This research includes three studies and 197,228 people taking part!

“Replacing white rice with brown rice and wholemeal bread could cut the risk of diabetes by a third,” the BBC reported. The researchers estimated that a person’s diabetes risk was reduced by 16% if a portion of white rice was replaced with brown rice and 36% if it was swapped with wholegrains.

Reduced fat peanut butter

If you thought incorporating reduced fat peanut butter to your diet would help shed the pounds, you may be interested to find out it’s actually much less healthy than traditional peanut butter. The reason for this is when the fat is removed, it’s replaced with sugar and artificial flavors to keep the taste, and when sugar is not used, it’s stored as fat. Peanut butter is high in fat, but it’s what’s known as ‘healthy fat’ meaning it promotes good heart health by preventing blood clotting and regulating heart rhythm.

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Bagels

Bagels are seen is a healthy way to start the day, but they’re very high in carbohydrates, containing up to 60 grams in just one bagel. With a daily allowance of 310 grams just a couple in the morning takes up nearly half of the recommended intake. When toppings are added it becomes a lot less of a snack.

Sport & energy drinks

Despite being marketed for on-the-go people and athletes, these drinks are loaded with sugar and sodium. Red bull and Monster energy, even lucozade are only slightly healthier than soft drinks like sprite and coca-cola.

If you’re a long distance runner or a boxer, then perhaps electrolytes may be necessary, however water is a much healthier alternative, and cheaper too. Save your money and fill up a bottle with tap water before heading off to the gym.

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Store-bought salad

Marketing is not needed for salads however some are more fatty than a big tasty from McDonald’s, the mayonnaise, cheese, bacon and processed chicken means store-bought salads are unhealthy.

A recent study shows that when 268 store-bought salads were analyzed for sodium content, only 2% had less than 0.5 grams, the same as a 30 gram bag of Walkers/Lays. Shockingly, one in ten had more salt than the 2.1 grams in a Big Mac. Always read that label!

Fruit Juice

Despite containing many nutritious vitamins the sugar content in fruit juice is nothing short of incredible. When Orange juice is compared with coca-cola, there’s 1 gram of sugar less in Orange juice, and 7 calories more per 100 milliliters. While both contain 10 grams of carbohydrates.

9 Foods You Should Avoid When Food Shopping

Ditch the fruit juice and make your own smoothies from fresh fruit, here’s our pick of the best smoothie makers available.

Low fat and fruit yogurt

I’ll be honest, I was a sucker for buying these for months, however low fat yogurt is just as bad as full fat if not worse. Fat is taken out but replaced with sugar, meaning the body converts the sugar back t fat if not used, sugar causes chemical imbalances too, meaning it’s a better choice to buy full fat and supplement your diet with good cardiovascular exercise.

Yeo valley yogurts are among the most popular, yet the label shows a 150 gram low-fat pot has 5 teaspoons of sugar in!

So there you have it, 9 Foods You Should Avoid When Food Shopping. Always read the label and understand what you’re eating. Food companies shouldn’t be allowed to market ‘healthy foods’ in such ways if it’s just not true, unfortunately though that’s not the case, so be vigilant while shopping. Please comment if you have any other suggestions to add, and share to spread the word.

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