Previously, I talked about 5 foods which are often misconstrued as not suitable for diets. Now I’ll discuss 5 foods which are often seen as diet-friendly, but are actually the opposite.
This fashionable drink is touted as perfect for before and after exercise. Coconut water, however, contains a lot of sugar and there are better sources of potassium. Tap water is just as good for hydration, and a cup of beans for breakfast or lunch is a better option for potassium.
Although Greek yogurt can have 10 to 12 grams of protein, there are better sources of this nutrient. When yogurt is eaten with added flavors, fruit or honey, the sugar content is high and that, plus the fat it contains, counteract the benefit of the protein.
For many years we have seen this as an excellent way to start the day. In general, cereals are a less than recommendable option, because although they are high in fiber, they are also laden with sugar.
Vegetables lose their vitamins and minerals when canned. On average, they have 30% less nutrients than fresh veggies. If you want an alternative, try frozen vegetables, as they conserve their nutrients and are not prone to the excessive sodium or dangerous preservatives, like BPA, of canned varieties.
Sugar is one of the most common ingredients in “light” dressings. Sweeteners like corn syrup and dextrose are used to compensate for the lack of flavor in these products. A light dressing could have the same amount of sugar as half of a chocolate bar or small can of soda.