Monday, September 20, 2010

"Healthy" foods that aint necessarily so

via RealJock, by Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger

Most anywhere you look, it’s easy to find plenty of healthful foods. But if there’s so much health food surrounding us, why is the obesity trend still on the upswing? There are lots of reasons, of course, but one issue may very well be the abundance of so-called health foods that are, well, not so healthy. There are so many, in fact, that it’s impossible to list them all—but here are a few of the biggest, and trickiest offenders…and why you should steer clear.

Sugar-free treats

You can find sugar-free versions of almost anything your sweet tooth desires, like cookies, cake, and candy. But don’t be fooled by the cloyingly sweet standbys: while sugar free foods do often have fewer calories, they can still pack plenty from other sources, like fat. So if you’re seeking sweet, go ahead and eat it—but stick with a small serving of the real sugar-sweetened version of whatever you’re craving. It’s more likely to be satisfying, plus, you won’t be tempted to over-eat sugar-free treats all the while thinking you’re in the clear because they are “diet” (and the calories still add up). If that’s not reason enough, consider this: many times the sweetening agents used in sugar free treats can have gastrointestinal side effects that, when eaten in excess, just aren’t so sweet.

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