Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Unhealthy Foods: Five Sneaky Foods Revealed


With the array of different diets and diet foods available to help with weight loss and health, it's sometimes hard to figure out what's healthy and what's not. Of course, part of the problem is that people have different health needs: for example, while fruit juice is often a good source of vitamins and other nutrients, some people with diabetes may find that some fruit juices have more sugar than they can tolerate. So what sounds healthy may not be healthy for you. How to tell? Look past the advertising to get label-savvy and nutrition aware so that you can avoid sneaky foods that seem like a good idea but may clash with your health needs.

Check out these examples:

1) Bottled waters: Water seems like the one thing on earth that has to be natural? But many bottled waters, even ones promoted by athletes, may contain things besides water, including minerals and salts. Some bottled waters contain a big chunk of sodium, so if you're on a low-sodium diet, check that label before you buy.

2) "Low fat" foods: By law, foods labeled "low fat" contain less than 3 grams of fat per serving. But check the label so you know what you're getting. First, check serving sizes: if serving sizes are very small, and you're planning a traditionally-sized serving, your intake of fat may be larger than you expect. Second, make sure you're not trading off the benefits of lower fat foods for extra sugar and salt. Manufacturers may increase salt, sugars or artificial flavorings to compensate for the loss of flavor in low-fat foods. So, if you're trying to lower your blood pressure (for example) check to make sure you aren't getting a big dose of salt; if you're trying to move towards a more organic or natural diet, you may want to compare levels of artificial sweetening.

3) "Low carb" alternatives to regular prepackaged foods may also trade off carbohydrate content for other things that you might be trying to avoid, so get savvy about reading labels on prepackaged food. Keep in mind that the FDA has not yet fully determined what the qualifications are to be a "low carb" food, so double-check the label to see if the carb content fits your needs. In addition, a number of reports suggest that "low carb" labels are being used inappropriately, so look at the label to see the actual number of carbohydrate grams.

4) Guacamole: Avocados look like vegetables, but they are actually the fruit of an avocado tree. Fruits and vegetables are generally considered to be healthy foods - just look at the number of servings that are recommended in the new FDA pyramid. But avocados are a sneaky fruit - unlike most others, they are full of fat, which accounts for their less sweet taste and waxy feel. One medium sized avocado has about 31 grams of fat, equivalent to a Baskin Robbins milk shake! So if you're trying to reduce the amount of fat or cholesterol in your diet, watch that guacamole. If on the other hand, you're looking to increase vitamins C and A in your diet, avocados pack a positive punch.

5) Fish: Fish can be a great source of nutrition, with lean protein and many nutrients. Make sure that if you're eating processed fish, it's packed in something that you don't mind eating - if you're cutting down on fats, tuna packed in oil isn't for you. Lastly, not all seafood has the same nutritional content as fish - unlike other fish, shrimp has a lot of cholesterol, even before you add butter or mayo.

Clinical Reference Systems, Adult Health Advisor, "Food labels," 2004.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "Fact Sheet: Carbohydrates," 2004

Schafer, E., et al, "Bottled Water: to drink or not to drink?," Iowa State University, PM 1813, 2000

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "What you need to know about mercury in fish and shellfish," EPA-823-F-04-009, 2004

U.S. Department of Agriculture, "National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference," 2004

Copyright (C) Shoppe.MD, PhenForum.com and Ian Mason, 2004-2005

Learn more about health, diet and exercise at our weight loss forum.

PhenForum.com is a popular discussion forum for weight loss programs, diet advice, and tips to help you burn fat.

All the best,

Ian Mason


MORE RESOURCES:

Michael Irvin Touts Nutrition Supplement For Relieving Achilles Pain
Forbes
Michael Irvin used to run by defensive backs with ease. But a couple of years ago he was in so much pain that he thought he might be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. “My Achilles just hurt so much that I was at my wit's end,” said the Hall of ...



Grand Rapids elementary to host live performance of 'Jump with Jill' nutrition ...
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
JWJ-large.jpg Jill Jayne (center), star of the rock and roll nutrition show, "Jump With Jill," performs in dance video for "The Bone Rap" song about calcium. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy in Grand Rapids has won a visit Thursday, Sept. 25.



Nutrition How-To: Eating During Pregnancy
WDTV
Nutrition How-To: Eating During Pregnancy. Written by Rachel McDevitt. Last updated on September 22, 2014 @ 7:24PM. Created on September 22, 2014 @ 6:47PM. People often say that pregnant women are "eating for two" and while that's technically true, ...



Institute of Development Studies

Vice President of Zambia Calls for Investment in Nutrition to Sustain Current ...
AllAfrica.com
If current economic growth is going to continue then the Government of Zambia (GoZ) must invest in nutrition, according to Guy Scott, Vice President of Zambia in new IDS report 'Turning Rapid Growth into Meaningful Growth: Sustaining the Commitment to ...
Low nutrition status worries Zambian governmentStarAfrica.com

all 9 news articles »


USDA Requests Applications for Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center
USDA.gov (press release)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that up to $2.5 million is available to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. This competitive grant is part of USDA's efforts ...

and more »


AgriLife Today

Applied nutrition modeling producing beef more profitably, helping reduce ...
AgriLife Today
COLLEGE STATION – Nutritional modeling systems developed in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University have helped participating Texas feedlot operators keep feed costs in check and produce beef more profitably. Now, these models ...



Sports Nutrition Market Will Reach $37.7 Billion in 2019, Globally ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Persistence Market Research Released New Market Report on "Global Market Study on Sports Nutrition: Asia Pacific to Witness Highest Growth by 2019," the global sports nutrition market was valued at USD 20.7 billion in ...

and more »


Retired NFL punter kicks around nutrition ideas with Wilkes-Barre students
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Anthony said Landeta encouraged students to eat nutritious foods during the meal, and said he plans to participate in the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program. Emily also said she plans to join. Both eating healthy breakfasts and exercising for an hour a day ...

and more »


Nutrition's Impact on Diabetes and Childhood Obesity
abc40
(WGGB) — A child's nutrition can often impact the likelihood of suffering from childhood obesity and being diagnosed with diabetes. Richard Wood, the director of Springfield College's Center for Wellness Education and Research, sat down with ABC40's ...



OSU Seeks Nutrition Education Volunteers
myCentralOregon.com
Volunteers demonstrate cooking healthy recipes at local food pantries and lead small groups with fun, interactive nutrition activities. To become a Nutrition Education Volunteer, applicants must take a 6 hour class on October 8th at the OSU/Deschutes ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.