5 so-called healthy foods that aren't nutritious


Eating nutritious food is really important to live a healthy lifestyle. While grocery shopping, you may choose items that are low-fat, gluten-free or low-carb. Packaged products often come with labels promising these features. However, did you know that these so-called “healthy foods” can pose a threat to your health? Nutritionist Lavneet Batra has shared an informative video on Instagram, in which she names some foods that are considered healthy options but may contain harmful ingredients. She wrote in the caption, “Healthy foods” can come with their hidden side-effects if not chosen carefully.”

Here are 5 foods that Lavneet Batra recommends avoiding:

1. Dark Chocolate

The nutritionist suggests shoppers check the labels on dark chocolate for stabilizers and artificial sweeteners. She also recommends reading what kind of cocoa has been used to make the chocolate. The amount of sugar in chocolate should be thoroughly checked. “Dark chocolate doesn't always mean it's healthy,” she says.

2. Overcooked Protein

Make sure the protein is cooked slowly at a low temperature to avoid potentially harmful compounds. Pre-cook meat before grilling, use marinades, remove charred parts, use smaller pieces, and be sure to use a thoroughly cleaned grill.

3. Low-fat yogurt

Low-fat yogurt may contain added sugar, sugar substitutes or emulsifiers. Before adding items to your shopping cart, be sure to read the ingredients list. Labels can sometimes be misleading.

4. Creamy Salad Dressing

Lavneet Batra advises health experts to choose healthy salad dressings. Just because you are filling your salad bowl with fruits and vegetables, it doesn't mean it is healthy. According to the nutritionist, “Choose the dressing wisely to reap the benefits of eating your salad. Choose hummus/hung curd/lemon/vinegar instead of ranch, Caesar or French dressing.”

5. Low-calorie sweetened beverages/beverages

These usually make you crave more sweets and have a negative impact on your stomach health. Instead, it is better to use honey or jaggery powder, but in moderation.

Avoid consuming these foods and eat whole foods cooked at home.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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