7 Healthy foods that diet experts avoid

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 29, 2015

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When it comes to picking up healthy eating options, the reality is usually far from what it looks like. You are what you eat, so be sure about your food.
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    Choose wisely

    Eating healthy is prerequisite for a healthy body. Living a disease-free life largely depends on your food choices.  Unfortunately, most healthy-looking foods that you pick do not deserve to be on your plate. The confusing labels on food cartons can take even the smartest of shoppers for a ride. That is why we bring you a list of `healthy’ foods that diet experts worldwide like to avoid.

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    Agave nectar

    Although the ingredient comes naturally from a plant, it usually contains no or very little nutritional value. As diet experts suggest, agave must be used carefully like any other sweetener.

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    Fiber-added foods

    Consumption of fiber-added foods is often considered to be a great way of cutting down calories by boosting satiety between meals. However, eating too many foods with fiber can result in gas, bloating, nausea, flatulence, stomach cramps and sometimes, diarrhea.

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    Protein bars

    Protein content in protein bars is mostly extracted from unnatural sources like soy protein isolate. In the process of engineering soybean to release its protein, all the healthy nutrients are stripped off leaving behind hazardous substances such as hexane and aluminum.

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    Peanut butter

    The natural variety of peanut butter is fine, but the non-natural ones usually contain hydrogenated oils, a type of trans fat. The only ingredient you must find on the label should be nuts and probably a little salt.

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    Gluten-free products

    It is a common myth that gluten-free foods are usually calorie or fat-free too. But, the fact of the matter is that gluten-free foods are high in sugar and fat. This clearly implies that eating gluten-free foods for weight loss will yield you no results.

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    Smoothies

    Smoothies are preferred by many dieters because it is easier to blend all the healthy ingredients in one sitting. But, the mindless addition of ingredients is what causes the trouble. By the time you realize that you have gone over-board with the quantity of ingredients, your jar is filled with calories.

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    Reduced-fat mayonnaise

    It isn’t just the taste of low-fat foods that you may not like. The fact that they contain unhealthy ingredients such as added sugars, vegetable oils, etc. is equally unpleasant. These ingredients have negligible nutritional value and reduce your body’s ability to absorb fat soluble vitamins.

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