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5 “Diet” Foods That Are Actually Making You Fat

September 8, 2017

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Healthy nutrition is often all about marketing and how well a certain product can be sold.

It can be full of all sorts of lies, myths and misconceptions, and sometimes it takes years, even decades for people to figure out which foods are actually weight-loss friendly and good for their health, and which are falsely represented as such.

In that name here are 5 popular “diet” foods that could actually be HELPING you gain weight.

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Breakfast Cereals

So-called healthy breakfast cereals are usually packed with sugar and refined carbs, and we all know these are some of the most fattening ingredients out there. This is why the best breakfast options include unprocessed foods that are high in protein.

Eggs and veggies, for example.

NOTE: If you really want to make cereal your main breakfast food, make sure the product you choose doesn’t include sugar or highly refined grains.

Whole Wheat Bread

Although whole wheat is indeed a healthy alternative to refined wheat, we need to realize that all types of bread are making us fat. Whole wheat is simply “less bad” than refined wheat. That’s it.

When it comes to glycemic index – a measure of how quickly foods spike blood sugar – whole wheat bread is just as bad as regular white bread.

Granola

Granola is essentially healthy and good for weight loss as it contains oats and nuts, but if this food has added ingredients like sugar and oil (which encourage overconsumption), granola stops being a healthy option.

Commercial Salad Dressings

Vegetables are always welcome in your diet as they are loaded with:

  • nutrients,
  • antioxidants,
  • soluble fiber,
  • vitamins,
  • and many other goodies.

However, most people tend to add commercial dressing to their salads, which is usually packed with many nasty ingredients like soybean oil or high-fructose corn syrup.

Instead, try making your own dressing using extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and the spice of your own choice.

(RELATED: Can Diets High In Soluble Fiber Prevent Weight Gain?)

Fruit Juices

The trick with most fruit juices is that they are usually simply fruit flavored sugar water. Some cheap products that like to go by “fruit juices” don’t even contain any fruit! It may in fact just be water, sugar and some unhealthy chemicals that make these sugary products only taste like fruit.

Read the labels, people!

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