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Learn the truth about secretly unhealthy “healthy” foods for blood sugar.
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Are food corporations lying to their customers about the health benefits of their products? Discover 5 foods to think twice about, when it comes to their supposedly beneficial properties.
1) Fresh fish, on its own, can be a healthy option for diabetics, but sushi rolls contain starchy white rice, and are often topped with high sodium soy sauce or high saturated-fat mayo.
2) Packaged vitamin drinks do supply large amounts of beneficial vitamins, including B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin D, but they will also give you the same types of simple sugars and chemical preservatives as many brand-name sodas. In fact, most of the popular vitamin water drinks contain practically the same amount of calories and added sugar content as high-sugar soft drinks.
3) Spinach, on its own, is low in carbs, high fiber, and multiple beneficial micronutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K, plus calcium, folate, and iron. But spinach dip contains a ton of calories and saturated fat, thanks to the heavy cream base. In fact, just 2 tablespoons of certain packaged spinach dips may give you up to 100 calories.
4) Whole, fresh fruit is healthy, but fruit snacks and other gummy fruit treats are created with fruit juice concentrate – which has already been stripped of fiber and other beneficial nutrients, leaving only the sugar content. They are also often made with partially-hydrogenated cooking oils, which can add unhealthy trans-fat content to the supposedly healthy treat.
5) Veggie chips can supply modest amounts of some beneficial nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and potassium, along with small portions of fiber and protein, with less sodium than most brand-name chip products. However, they are often made with sunflower seed oil, which is high in OMEGA 6-FATTY ACIDS. These fats have been associated with heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.