What makes fish unhealthy is the rising mercury content of many fish. Certain varieties of tuna, swordfish, and mackerel contain high levels of mercury and should be avoided if you are pregnant. Smoked and charred fish and meat also carry additional carcinogenic (cancer-promoting) risks.
Salads and dressing
Another surprising food on this list is salad. A generic vegetable salad contains lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, and dressing. You can add protein sources like chicken or beans to make your salad a complete meal. While most of these items are low-calorie, high-fiber, and part of a healthy diet, the wrong dressing can turn a perfectly healthy salad into a diet disaster.
Creamy salad dressings such as ranch, Caesar, and thousand island may be restaurant favorites, but these contain more fat, sodium, and sugar than you would expect. In addition, it is important to mind your serving sizes. A typical serving of dressing is just 1-2 tablespoons.
Avoid eyeballing or pouring your dressing and sauces directly onto your food. Opt for homemade dressings or vinaigrettes as your dressing.
Lastly, on this list of healthy food that’s bad for you are sports drinks. Sports drinks are popular with athletes and gym-goers alike because they replenish more than just water during heavy activities. Sweat contains electrolytes such as sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, and the like. Sports drinks contain these electrolytes with additional carbohydrates to refuel the body.
However, some sports drinks contain as much sugar as other sodas and juices. It is not ideal to drink sports drinks when you are sitting on the couch or at a desk all day. Importantly, sports drinks do not replace the need for water. Drink these in moderation.
The words “healthy” on food packaging and advertisements can be misleading at times. Just because a certain food contains just a bit of fresh fruit or vegetables does not automatically make it healthy. Always strive to be a mindful consumer and read the labels of all products you purchase. If you have a particular diet, make sure that these foods don’t contain anything you can’t or shouldn’t eat.
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