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Are These Healthy Foods Secretly Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Mission?

You may have always wanted to follow every health trend that you come across on your social media feeds — there’s a plethora of healthy eating advice floating around that it’s rather difficult to ignore these pithy tips. However, you will be shocked to know that not all of those “healthy” foods are actually healthy. While everything within limits is absolutely fine, have you ever wondered what’s actually true and what’s not amongst the ongoing trends? Well, here you will get to know five of the biggest ‘healthy food items’ that are, in fact, harming you and piling on more fat to your body.

Egg Whites

Have you kept an account of how many egg yolks have been subjected to your trash bin this year just because you have been advised that the yolk has high levels of calories and cholesterol? As per science, the whole egg is one of the healthiest foods that you can consume. A research that was published in 2007 revealed that consuming one or more eggs per day has no adverse effects on your cholesterol levels and doesn’t accentuate the risk of a heart attack or any kind of heart disease. The data which surprised us the most was that there is a close connection between egg consumption and decreased blood pressure. There was another study conducted in 2008 which revealed that those who consumed three eggs per day had high levels of HDL which is good cholesterol, if you didn’t know.

Peanut Butter

This one is a favorite of the masses, especially for those who are on a keto-diet. Peanut butter is obviously nutritious for you as it provides healthy fats for your heart, gut-friendly fiber, and an optimum amount of protein. However, it’s high in calories — just a tablespoon of peanut butter contains around 8 grams of fat and almost 100 calories. So before you binge on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your afternoon snack, remember to keep watch of your peanut butter intake if you’re on a weight loss journey. According to several high-profile dieticians, it’s always best to have some control over your calorie intake, and you ought to keep an eye on the ingredients before you get hold of your jar.

Protein And Muesli Bars

Protein bars are pretty easy options that may replace some other important healthy food items being sold in your neighborhood supermarket. They can even satiate your hunger at any given time. But what you don’t know is that these bars contain higher levels of sugar than artificial candies. It’s a popular misconception that snack bars are ‘healthy’. In reality, it can hamper your diet much faster than a chocolate bar can. But if you’re really into these snack bars, opt for ones containing approximately 600 kJs. Also, make sure that you select oats since they have high contents of fiber and protein, and gives you energy that lasts for a long time. Remember that packaged food items are often a source of unhealthy saturated fat. In that case, opt for something which has less than 3 grams of saturated fat in every 100 grams.

Yogurt

Plain and simple Greek yogurt is always an awesome healthy snack, but avoid it when it’s flavor is enhanced and altered with the addition of sugar and fruits. Some flavored yogurts contain at around 8 teaspoons of extra sugar for every 200 grams which make them taste like a dessert than a nutritious dairy snack. For natural yogurts and those which are artificially sweetened, look out for around 5 to 6 grams of sugar for every 100 grams since most of the sugar in yogurt comes from milk sugar lactose which is produced naturally. If you are just a big fan of flavored Greek yogurt, select one which contains less than 10 grams of sugar. But the best thing you can do is to choose a plain Greek yogurt and top it off with sliced fresh fruits of your choice.

So remember, before believing everything you read on the Internet about “healthy” food to eat for your weight loss, do your research first. Read the back labels of food items to be aware of the amount of calories per serving and its nutritional value. Or better yet, consult a nutritionist before choosing a weight loss diet plan by yourself.

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