(Not-so-healthy) Health Foods

Feel­ing saintly af­ter that rice milk latte and sushi lunch? You might want to read this…

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Sushi, honey, tofu… so far, so healthy, right? Well, maybe not. Ac­cord­ing to nu­tri­tion­ists, cer­tain foods we think will im­prove our health could ac­tu­ally be pump­ing sugar into our body and mak­ing those kick-flare jeans feel that bit tighter. Meet the eight health-food fraud­sters to avoid on your next shop…

1 Sushi

‘the amount of pro­tein and veg­eta­bles you get in sushi is of­ten tiny in com­par­i­son to the amount of white rice in each serv­ing. it’s health­ier to have a fist-sized por­tion of pro­tein with half a plate of veg­eta­bles and an espresso cup por­tion of brown rice,’ says Shona Wilkin­son, nu­tri­tion­ist at Su­per­fooduk.com.

2 Whole­meal Bread

‘Al­ways choose a loaf made with whole­grain wheat as the main in­gre­di­ent. Avoid those that just say “brown” bread – this can be made from re­fined grains with colour­ings added to make it look brown,’ ex­plains Shona.

3 Rice Milk

‘plant milk is great for peo­ple who can’t tol­er­ate an­i­mal milk, but rice milk is made from white rice, which re­leases sugar quicker than brown rice. try Rude health Brown Rice milk in­stead,’ adds Shona. Rude Health Brown Rice milk, £1.85, Sains­bury’s

4 Tofu Burg­ers

‘Soya foods like tofu burg­ers are of­ten touted as be­ing “health­ier” than meat. How­ever, soya has some plant oe­stro­gens, which are not nec­es­sary for a lot of women. Limit soya to once or twice a week,’ says nu­tri­tion­ist Cas­san­dra Barns.

5 Pre-made Smooth­ies

‘Shop-bought fruit smooth­ies can eas­ily con­tain 25g of sugar or more – that’s five to six tea­spoons! make your own with 100g of berries, ¼ large av­o­cado and a hand­ful of spinach, topped up with unsweet­ened al­mond milk. as well as con­tain­ing less sugar, it will fill you up for longer,’ ex­plains Shona.

6 Low-fat Fruit Yo­gurt

‘Low-fat yo­gurt can con­tain up to eight tsps of added sugar. this makes it a high Gi food, caus­ing your body to re­lease more in­sulin – the fat stor­ing hor­mone,’ says mar­i­lyn Glenville, au­thor of nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives to Sugar (mar­i­lyn­glenville.com).

7 But­ter Spreads

‘But­ter spreads of­ten com­bine a smaller amount of but­ter with but­ter­milk or other oils. Those that con­tain a higher con­tent of veg­etable oils may not be a good choice as they’re “trans” fats. Con­sumed in large quan­ti­ties, they may be linked to a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the heart. Real but­ter might be high in sat­u­rated fat, but it’s a nat­u­ral fat,’ says Shona.

8 Honey

‘although this is a nat­u­ral food, you should use it spar­ingly. honey is a sim­ple sugar, made up pri­mar­ily of glu­cose and fruc­tose, and is ab­sorbed into your blood­stream quickly. it’s not ideal for con­trol­ling your blood sugar or help­ing to lose weight. the fruc­tose con­tent can be up to 40 per cent,’ ex­plains Dr mar­i­lyn.

Go­ing ba­nanas? Try drink­ing a home­made smoothie in­stead of a shop-bought one

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