Nutrition

Overrated Health Foods

Foods that are labelled health foods always get alarm bells going for me, if you need to label something as healthy rather than it just been an obviously healthy food like a fruit or vegetables then it should always be questioned. The gym goer and health conscious person can fall victim to this clever marketing, so here are a few foods to watch out for next time you are doing a healthy shop

Protien powders

In New Zealand generally no one is protein deficient. If you are eating meat, fruit, vegetables and in general a wholefoods diet you will be getting adequate protein in your diet. Aside from being expensive, protein powders often contain sugar and many other non-legible ingredients and they can cause stress on the liver and other detoxifying organs in your body if consumed in excess. Want big muscles? Workout more and eat whole, real foods not powders.

Protien bars

These are generally not a healthy option. They are usually very high in sugars and let's be honest they usually taste yuck too!

Muesli bars

I can't find a museli bar in the supermarket that doesn't contain added sugar, generally there are elements of these foods that are good like nuts, oats and seeds and the rest is just cheap filler like flour and sugar. Instead of eating a muesli bar go for the main ingredients like nuts, seeds and oats and snack on them.

Egg white anything!

Eggs are a great source of amino acids and fats but if you are going to eat them, just eat the whole egg! The yolk is an amazing source of healthy fats and fat soluble vitamins (A,E,K,D) and it's the fat content of the egg that keeps you full and satisfied.

Dried fruits

Fruits are an awesome source of vitamins, minerals and fiber but when they are dried they are easy to overeat. A whole apricot becomes a dried apricot and it's much easier to eat 10 dried apricots than fresh ones although they contain the same amount of sugar.

Nutrigrain

This breakfast cereal endorsed by altheles and marketed to kids has 4 Teaspoons of sugar in 1.5 cups of the cereal and that's before you add the milk. A better low sugar cereal option is Weetbix with no added sugar on top!

By Kali Brydon BSC Human Nutritionist