While some foods will still be labeled as junk food (sometimes a bit unfairly), some will retain an undeserved aura of health. Here is a Top 10.
1. Diet soft drinks
We already know that soft drinks are to be avoided in our daily diet… But some people believe that if they are on a diet, it’s fine. “While just because there aren’t calories doesn’t mean it’s good for us!
Diet sodas are packed with artificial ingredients and flavors, and often contain too much sodium. The artificial sweeteners used to give them their sweet taste is also highly controversial: some have already been linked to cancer in laboratories, some cause migraines, several studies claim that these drinks are linked to type 2 diabetes and weight gain … In addition, these drinks damage the precious enamel of our teeth, increase the risk of osteoporosis, and many other good things like that.
What to do: Tse, a good glass of water …
2. Popcorn in the microwave
When it’s time to snack, it’s better to choose popcorn than crisps, right? Especially if this one is labeled as “light”? But not if it comes from a microwave popping bag. First, its smell is abominable. Second, while it doesn’t contain a lot of fat, it certainly contains a staggering level of salt. And third, the steam coming out of it contains about 50 different chemicals, ranging from the artificial buttery flavor to the ink and glue used on the bag. One of those chemicals is really worse than others: diacetyl, which is super toxic when heated and turned into vapor.
What to do: The alternative is as quick and easy as these bags, besides being much cheaper and generating less waste: buy your kernels of corn and pop them yourself. That way we know what to put in it.
3. “Light” dressings and sauces
Does “light” mean “good for us”? Not often with condiments. Dressings and sauces (like mayonnaise) which have been removed from the fat must still retain an attractive taste … So companies fill them with a very long list of additives: a lot of sugar, sodium, thickening agents and preservatives of all kinds, often with names to sleep out.
Plus, we can’t say it enough: fat isn’t bad (as long as you choose good fats). We need it! Many of the vitamins in the fruits and vegetables in our salads are fat soluble, which means they are better absorbed with a little fat. That’s it!
What to do: A little olive oil, a little vinegar or lemon juice is perfect as a base (and you can add different things to taste)! Discover the essentials to make your homemade vinaigrette!
4. Fruit yogurt
Yogurt isn’t bad for you, that’s for sure. It contains calcium, and sometimes beneficial probiotics as well. But most yogurts today contain SO MUCH sugar that the benefits are almost canceled out. As we’re just beginning to realize the toll our hyper-sugary diets have on our health, it’s hard to ignore.
What to do: Buy plain yogurt, and add a little sweet taste yourself (fresh or dried fruit, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, etc.)
5. Soy milk (flavored)
But soy is healthy, isn’t it? Yes and no. If soy milk is not organic, it is most definitely transgenic. The phytoestrogens it contains are not suitable for everyone either, at least not in large quantities … And finally, the flavored versions, with vanilla or chocolate for example, also contain a mountain of sugar. And it’s probably not the best idea to add more to our diet, right?
What to do: Treat these drinks as the occasional treat? Buy plain milk and flavor it yourself (with a drizzle of maple syrup and a spoon of vanilla, for example).
6. “Low fat” muffins
Again, “low fat” really doesn’t mean good for you… These store-bought muffins often look appetizing but usually have very little nutritional value: between their huge size, white flour and their ton of sugar is almost a bomb for our system. You might as well eat a piece of cake for lunch!
7. Multigrain bread
Multigrain simply means that the bread contains different grains, but not that they are whole grains. A multigrain bread could contain 98% refined white flour, with just a little oats and bran for the form… It would not necessarily be terrible for your health, but that would be a little misleading as marketing and not the best choice no more.
What to do: Look for a bread with 100% whole grain.
8. Vegetable snacks
Even though they contain a little vegetable powder, make no mistake, they are crisps! They are made in the same way as Pringles, then molded into sticks. Their vegetable intake is very small, and the product is so processed that it has no benefit. It’s okay to eat it from time to time, but don’t think this is a healthy choice!
What to do: Ben… Real vegetables? (But let’s face it, it’s less satisfying when you want to snack).
9. Soft bars
Whether it’s the tender bars that go so well in lunches, the “energy” bars or the protein bars often advertised for athletes, we sometimes think that they are a good snack. Yes, they (often) contain cereals and some fruit here and there … But their health side ends there. These are ultra-processed foods, loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients and fillers… The small serving of whole grain cereal isn’t worth it when it’s drenched in corn syrup, chocolate, marshmallows, caramel, lark!
What to do: Read labels carefully, and eat them in moderation!
10. Fruit juice
Some fresh fruit juices are excellent for your health … But don’t think that you can drink them like water and replace a serving of fruits and vegetables! Not all juices are created equal… Many commercial juices actually contain very little fruit, added sugar, artificial colors… And above all, since juices usually do not contain fiber, they do not suppress hunger. can “waste” a lot of empty calories as well!
What to do: Drink it in moderation (eat fruit instead), read labels, and make your own juice or smoothies!