Clever marketing makes many foods seem healthier than they really are
There are many products on the market that appear to be really good for you. Often, however, these foods are not what they claim to be. Some examples are:
The correct portion size of muesli, as part of a kilojoule controlled weight loss or maintenance diet, is between 25 and 50g, or approximately two to four level tablespoons, depending on the specific brand.Choose a muesli with a sugar content of less than 10g and a fat content of less than three to five grams per 100g serving, and be sure to keep portions between 25–50g, depending on your overall energy requirements and weight loss goals.
The general perception of smoothies is that these can be a healthy snack or meal. The average store-purchased smoothie reveals that a 340 ml smoothie contains the energy equivalent of eight slices of bread! The sugar content can also be high due to the use of sweetened flavoured yogurts, a lot of fruit, added honey, agave syrup or even fruit juices or nectars. Choose smoothies that have a higher vegetable content such as spinach, kale, carrot or cucumber.
It is often thought that grabbing a “healthy” energy bar in place of a chocolate is the better, more health-conscious choice. Unfortunately, these “healthy” options can be higher in energy than a chocolate bar, or sometimes even a full meal! Some of these bars contain hidden sugars which can cause a high rise in blood sugar levels. This may lead to rebound blood sugar lows, bringing about fatigue, headaches and hunger cravings. Insteasd opt for 30g of lean biltong, a serving of fresh fruit, two or three wholegrain crackers with two teaspoons of peanut butter, one dried fruit bar or a handful of home-roasted chickpeas.