Healthy food that’s bad for you
The first item on this list may be a surprise for many people. Health experts agree that fresh fruit and vegetables are important parts of a healthy, balanced diet. Fruit and vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, and valuable fiber.
However, oftentimes fruit juice that is commercially available contains additional sugar and flavorings. Always check the label before purchase. Watch out for the words “concentrate” or “cocktail” as this usually indicates that the juice is not 100 percent pure.
Even in its natural state, too much fruit can contribute to elevated blood glucose levels and weight gain. This is especially true for certain fruits like mangoes and ripe bananas. Higher quantities of fruit are needed to extract just one cup of juice, so in the end, you may end up consuming more than you expected.
Soy or soya milk is popular among Asian populations who are largely lactose intolerant. It does have several health benefits, however. Its benefits include being a source of plant-based protein, it’s cholesterol-free, and has vitamins and minerals.
Plain soy milk and soy products like tofu are considered healthy. However, many types of soy milk on the market are full of added sugars. These negate the health benefits of soy milk and should be avoided.
Just like bottled or packed fruit juices, check the label before you consume soy milk. Soy milk flavored with artificial strawberry, chocolate, or other flavors adds extra unwanted calories and sugar. One bottle of sweetened soy milk can contain just as much sugar and calories as a can of soda!
Canned and dried fruit
Similar to fruit juice, canned and dried fruit can be deceptive. The mention of the word fruit makes it sound healthier than it actually is. Canned fruit that contains sweetened syrup is not considered healthy.
Preserved fruits and vegetables are considered healthy (in some cases, healthier than fresh produce) when they are canned with just water. Canned food is oftentimes more convenient and accessible, especially in households without a refrigerator. Other healthy alternatives are frozen and dried fruits and vegetables.