Cold weather is just around the corner again, and that means two things: longer nights cozied up by the fireplace, and heartier cooking to keep your body warm. With the cold weather and the holidays coming up, you might find yourself indulging more than usual. Read on for 7 foods you’ll want to avoid.
7. Foods marked as fat-free
Foods marked as “fat-free” usually contain significant amounts of sugar which is far worse. Generally speaking, fat gets an unnecessarily bad rep—while saturated fats are definitely something to be aware of, not all fat is bad and some fats are actually healthy.
6. Boxed meals
Boxed Mac and Cheese is still one of the ultimate comfort foods and one that should be consumed very rarely. Boxed pasta contain insane amounts of sodium and saturated fat, often more than a healthy adult should take in a full day.
5. Frozen meals
Frozen meals are over processed which means they often contain harmful, fat-causing chemicals. In addition, these meals are not very well balanced, and often contain more carbs than protein, which means you’ll end up hungry not long after consuming them.
4. Fiber bars
Clever marketing would have you believe that fiber bars are healthy but they’re actually heavily processed and loaded with sugar. While they do contain fiber and some other nutritious ingredients, living off these is about as bad as going on a candy bar diet. Which leads us to…
3. Candy bars
You probably knew this already, but it’s hard to fight that Snickers craving, isn’t it? A regular bar has about 35 grams of added sugar, which is the equivalent of 8 teaspoons of sugar, above the recommended daily amount. Not to mention the fact that one candy bar contains over 260 calories.
2. Flavored gelatin
While neutral gelatin can actually improve digestion and overall gut health, the popular Jell-O varieties are basically sugar bombs with color flavoring. Flavored gelatin is okay for an energy boost when you’re under the weather—Jell-O is, after all, the ultimate hospital food—but you should generally stay away from it.
Recent research has shown margarine is just as bad or even worse than butter. Full of trans fat, this so-called healthy product increases “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and decreases “good” cholesterol (HDL).
Cutting the major “bad” foods from your diet can have drastic effects on your overall health and energy levels. When it comes to food choices, the simpler the better. It’s always best to stay away from processed foods which contain a long list of ingredients and instead opt for fresh veggies and fruits, and healthy grains.