As I continue studying to take my Group Fitness Exam, I realize that nutrition plays an integral role in the world of fitness. Moreover, one of the things that an individual attempting to help a fitness client who wants to eat properly must consider is whether their diet is healthy. And while there are a lot of foods out there that are often considered healthy, this doesn’t mean that they are truly conducive to a diet designed to foster wellness. Here are just three of many supposedly healthy foods that really aren’t:
1. Frozen Diet Entrees.
Perhaps as a result of how prevalent the “go go go” mentality has become, people are often in search of meals that require little to no time to prepare. Thus the rise of the frozen diet entree. In choosing to eat these meals, some people assume that they are healthy because they are low calorie. Yet this is not the case. In explaining why frozen diet entrees are unhealthy, Dr. Oz points out that they are nutritionally vacuous as a result of things like substituting refined grains for whole grains. Additionally, frozen diet entrees contain a great deal of sodium.
2. Frozen Yogurt.
Many people opt to consume frozen yogurt in place of ice cream because they believe that it is a healthier option. Yet this is not necessarily the case. While it is true that frozen yogurt has less saturated fat than ice cream, it is also the case that frozen yogurt is high in calories and contains a great deal of sugar. The story gets worse when one thinks about all of the fattening toppings that are often added to the frozen yogurt, such as chocolate chip bites, gummy bears, etc.
3. Nut Butters.
One can easily understand why nut butters might be perceived as a healthy food. They’re derived from healthy nuts that come packed with protein and a plethora of minerals and nutrients that contribute to great health. Despite these facts, nut butters aren’t particularly healthy. In discussing why nut butters are unhealthy, Dr. Oz notes that they have had some of their healthy fats removed. This fat is then replaced with sugar and saturated or trans fat.
If you are trying to optimize your wellness, you should note that some foods that are commonly perceived to be healthy are not. In examining the list above, consider whether any of the foods discussed are an integral aspect of your diet. If they are, you can greatly improve your health by eliminating them. Good luck!
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