Foods You Thought Were Healthy But Actually Aren’t

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A lot of foods and snacks we eat as part of our daily diet are not as healthy as you think they are, if you take a closer look at what is actually beyond the label. Take a look at some of the offenders that you may want to avoid.

Soy sauce

Soy sauce contains 1000mg of sodium per one tablespoon of sauce which may pose a health risk to your body. It also contains some bits of isoflavones that may increase the possibility of breast cancer and disrupt your body from functioning normally.

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Agave nectar

Most of us think agave nectar is the best substitute for sugar, but it contains 70-80% fructose that is higher than what is found in high-fructose corn syrup. High amounts of fructose are an underlying factors to weigh gain and health risks that accompany too much fat in the bodies.

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Prepared salads

Salads including chicken salads, tuna salads, and shrimp salads are loaded with hidden fats and calories that are harmful to your heart. Also, while preparing the salads, it is hard to kill some types of bacteria that are found in the pre-cut salad bags.

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Dark chocolate

Although dark chocolate may help you to lose weight, it only curbs your sugar cravings so that you don't go chewing a pile of sweets.  Dark chocolate is candy and still posses the risk of weight gain quite quickly. It has a higher content of caffeine than both milk chocolate and white chocolate which may lead to increased heart rates, irritability, nervousness, and dehydration.

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White bread

White bread is made from wheat which contains protein gluten and may be bad for those people who are sensitive to gluten. Refined wheat used to make the bread has low nutrient content and lots of calories that lead to high sugar levels.

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Margarine

Margarine is a processed food that is loaded with artificial ingredients and hydrogenated industrial vegetable oils which increase its trans-fat content significantly.  These ingredients and fats contribute to heart attacks, lower the quality of breast milk and decrease the immune response of the body.

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French fries and potato chips

 Apart from the weight-adding calories they also contain acrylamides which are carcinogenic substances that form when the potatoes are fried, baked or roasted. The fats raise the level of cholesterol in your body which increases the risk of heart attacks.

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Yogurt

Yogurts are frequently low in fat but have high sugar content to make up for the sweetness. They also do not contain the probiotic bacteria as we believe because they are usually pasteurized , which kills the bacteria in the drink.

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Sub sandwiches

Dough used to make sub sandwiches is made in industries where it is loaded with additives like azodicarbonamide, which breaks down into carcinogenic when heated, and is also a chemical used in the production of foamed plastics. Therefore, unless you are buying a sandwich made out of pure vegetables, there is nothing fresh in it.

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Breakfast cereal

For years we thought that a breakfast cereal is healthy and rich in vitamin D and fibers. However, cereal processing destroys both vitamins and fiber, therefore apart from the additives, what remains in the grain hardly survive up to your breakfast bowl.

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Diet soda

All sodas increase a man's risk of prostrate cancer by around 40%, and the diet soda is worse. The artificial sweeteners added to it fool your body into thinking that you are eating real food and thus cause a spike in the production of insulin which is in turn stored as fat. This Increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and makes you eat more.

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Bran muffins

Bran is the outer layer of grains like wheat, rice, and oats that offer lots of fiber, proteins, and vitamins. Bran muffins, however, are not as good as natural bran because they contain triple amounts of what you should be taking, and contain more wheat, sugar, and sodium that are harmful to your health.

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Packed turkey

Packed turkey contains saturated sodium because they are loaded with salt and other preservatives.

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Pretzels

Pretzels do not have any nutritional value. They are made with white flour which quickly converts into sugar immediately you eat them hence spiking up your sugar levels and making you feel hungry all the time.

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Sport drinks

Sports drinks are water and artificial food coloring. They contain electrolytes which can easily cause obesity if taken in large amounts.

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Skim milk

Although skim milk is low in fats, it also lacks essential nutrients found in natural milk.  It is fortified with artificial vitamins to replace the nutrients that are lost during processing.

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Packaged fruit juice

Most of these drinks are full of sugar and also lack the fiber and vitamins found in whole fruits. The fact that you are not even chewing the fruit means that you are taking in all the fructose-laden sugar that is rocketed to your liver where it can be lodged and stored as fat.

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Granola

Apart from the sugar added during the cooking process, granola may contain seeds, nuts and dried fruits which also add up the sugar content that may cause unnecessary weight gain and obesity.

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Pastries, cookies and cakes

Most pastries, cookies and cakes are unhealthy as they are made with refined sugar, refined wheat flour and added fat which makes them high in trans-fat. Taking them means that you are taking tons of calories with no essential nutrients.

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Industrial vegetable oils

These oils are very high in omega-6 fatty acids, more than what humans should naturally consume. They are also sensitive to oxidation and cause increased oxidative stress in the body and high risks of cancer.

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