Foods you thought were healthy…

These seemingly good-for-you things do not completely serve the purpose.

By Author   |   Published: 17th Jan 2017   11:20 pm Updated: 17th Jan 2017   11:24 pm

The golden rule here is to read the labels and the nutrition information before your intake. Take a look at some of these foods you need to cut down a bit from your healthy list.

Soy milk
It is advisable to either cut down or drink soy milk as it is. Chief Dietitian, KIMS Hospital, Radhika says, “Two glasses of soy milk a day can significantly alter the hormones in a woman’s body, disrupting the menstrual cycle.” Adding flavours will only increase the sugar level which is not healthy at all. Beverages like energy drinks, soda and fruit juice are also not healthy.

They can be not very healthy especially if you ordered a salad in the restaurant. It is assumed that salads are low in calories but what about the chicken ceasar salad you ordered? What you can do is ask for the dressing separately; that way, you can control the intake of add-ons.

Low fat yogurt
Do yourself a favour by purchasing yogurt with no sugar added instead of focussing on low fat. The culprit is not the fat but sugar. “Low-fat sugar-sweetened yogurt contains too much sugar to qualify as a nutritious choice,” says Dr Radhika. You can add honey or fruits if you want to sweeten the yogurt later.

Whole wheat bread
Just because it has a stamp that says, ‘100% whole grain’ doesn’t mean it is. If your wheat bread tastes like white bread, you have been tricked. Dr Radhika says, “Choose whole-grain products made from the entire grain kernel over products that say ‘enriched’.”

Organic stuff
Everything organic is healthy, right? Well, it is healthy but if you take a mixture of organic and processed items, it’s no longer 100 per cent healthy. Your packet of cookies which has the organic label has sugar which won’t really help.

You might be wondering — if it means that nothing is healthy, you are wrong. You just have to be a little more aware, know the ingredients and limit what’s unhealthy.