5 so-called health foods you should avoid

19 maart 2012

Eating healthy can be harder than you think, thanks to an enterprising food industry that wants us to consume more than we need. That’s because our country’s agricultural system produces twice what most people require, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. This encourages creative marketing to unload the excess, much of it with minimal nutritional value. As a nutrition consultant, I know that words such as ‘low fat,’ ‘high fiber,’ ‘multigrain’ and ‘natural’ can fool even the most sophisticated customers into believing what they’re buying is healthful. So what can you do? First, make a habit of reading the ingredients list, not just the Nutrition Facts panel. And remember the following products worth resisting.

Reduced-fat peanut butter
The oil is the healthiest part of a nut, containing most of the nutrients, so there’s no advantage to taking it out. In fact, it’s worse because it robs the peanut butter of its health benefits. ‘Reduced-fat peanut butter has as many calories and more sugar than the regular,’ says Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Bron: Washington Post 28-2-2012. Op basis van studies door Center for science in the Public Interest, Harvard University en Iowa Women’s Health Study.

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