Choosing foods based on the “diet” label may seem like the healthy way to go, but don’t base your choices solely on the label! Be wary of the following 10 “diet” foods to avoid at all costs.
1. Sugar-Free Sweets
We all know refined sugars are bad for us, but sugar-free sweets aren’t necessarily any better. Often, they contain added fat. Make sure you read nutrition labels for a thorough understanding of what’s in your food.
2. Artificial Sweeteners
They may be low in calories, but research indicates that artificial sweeteners leave you less satiated, meaning that your brain keeps pumping out signals of hunger. This encourages overeating.
3. Diet Soda
Ironically, research suggests that diet soda leads to weight gain rather than weight loss. Skip the soda altogether. Check out these Flavored Water recipes to enjoy this summer.
4. Trail Mix
Fruit and nuts – the perfect diet snack option, right? That would be the case if not for the massive salt content and unhealthy oils often used in the production of trail mix. Your best bet is to make your own mix using dried fruits and raw nuts.
5. Light Salad Dressings
When it comes to premade salad dressings, less fat often means more sugar. Plus, the lack of fat may actually inhibit your body from absorbing important nutrients from the vegetables in your salad. As is often the case, making your own is the healthiest way. See our 3 Easy Vinaigrette recipes.
6. Flavored Yogurt
Yogurt can be a very healthy part of your diet, but it can also be a hidden source of sugar. Check the nutrition label on your yogurt. You can avoid added sugars by eating plain yogurt; if desired, sweeten with a bit of honey.
7. Baked Veggie Chips
Premade chips are often loaded with salt. You can control salt content by baking your own! Check out this Kale Chip recipe.
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8. Fast Food Smoothies
How can you go wrong with blended fruit? Sadly, when buying premade smoothies, you’re likely subjecting yourself to a ton of added sugar. Blend up your own clean smoothie instead.
9. Microwave Popcorn
Oils, salt, and sketchy chemicals in the bag make this convenient go-to a no-go. Air-popped is the way to go.
10. Rice Cakes
Rice cakes are high on the glycemic index, meaning they cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin.
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