Health and fitness can sometimes be such a big marketing ploy for some companies to exploit. Sometimes when you think you are eating something healthy it is actually making you fat. There is not a lot of rules in Australia when it comes to marketing products and how we can market products. For example a "low fat" product can just mean that it is lower in fat than the other fuller fat products within their brand only. So don't always believe what you read. Here we go!
Fruit juices and smoothies
Be very careful of the "fruit" trap. Yes fruit is good for you but it is also high in fructose sugar. Too much will make you fat. In the smoothie below it contains way too much sugar for it to be classified as a fat burning smoothie. When it comes to smoothies and fruit juices try to get ones with low sugar fruits such as berries, green apple, pineapple especially if it's a daily thing. In regards to juices I would tend to have more green juices with just the one or two fruit sources with the majority of the liquid being vegetable juice. Its much better for you and you don't feed that sugar monster.
Gluten Free snacks
The good old gluten free trap. Of course going gluten free has its health benefits but just because a product is gluten free does not mean you can eat it for days. If you eat the brownies below it will make you fat. It still contains the same amount of carbs, sugars and fat as a normal brownie would just gluten free so don't fall for it. Potato chips are potato chips and cake is cake there is no excuse for eating these ones including when you tell yourself "oh it's gluten free so it's fine".
Fat Free Products
If you have been reading any of my blogs you would have learned by now that fat is not the enemy, sugar is. We all need good fats in our diet. Vitamins A,D,E & K are all FAT SOLUBLE vitamins. Cutting out fat in your diet will decrease your ability to absorb these vitamins. This is just one of the many side-effects for cutting fat from your diet. Fat does not make you fat. Sugar does. So whenever you see a "Fat Free" product I want you to remember that if the fat content is low generally the sugar and carb content will be very high. Fat free products also go through many artificial processes to make them fat-free which makes them contain more toxic chemicals than most of your normal full fat products.
Healthy snack and muesli bars
This one is very sneaky. When you compare these bars to your normal chocolate bar in the supermarket of course they are much better for you. They contain some really healthy ingredients but unfortunately they are usually also sugar ladened products containing dried fruit and high amounts of natural sources of sugar such as honey which will cut out the value of the ingredients that are good for you. Snacks that are high in sugar just promote an energy spike but later on you will crash quite quickly and energy will not be sustained.