Behind every junk food, alcohol, and tobacco lover, there is a man who believes that actual wealth lies in maintaining a good health. And the history of major lifestyle diseases shows obesity as a key reason.
According to a study published in The Lancet medical journal, India ranks third among all obese countries in the world.
Some of the diseases caused by obesity are various cardiac ailments, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, gallstones, gout, osteoarthritis, breathing disorders and asthma.
Given our hectic lifestyle and career choices, neither can we hit the gym everyday nor can always check what we eat. We actually leave our health in the hands of the people around us who come up with suggestions on “healthy” food every other day.
But have you ever cross-checked if what we eat in the name of health food is actually healthy or not?
Here is a list of 10 foods that surprisingly make you fatter:
1. Dried fruits:
Because when fruit is dried, the water in it is out and the fructose gets more dense. For example, 10 grams grapes contains 7 calories whereas the same quantity of raisins has 30 calories.
2. Frozen yogurt:
A 100 gm cup of vanilla flavoured frozen yogurt contains 159 calories. According to Marie Claire magazine, since frozen yogurt doesn’t contain live cultures unlike regular ones, they only add on the belly fat.
3. Energy bars:
A 100 gm energy bar contain 350 calories. According to Cooking Light, they contain high fructose corn syrup, added sugar, and artery-clogging saturated fat. So, energy bars should always be used as a meal supplement and not as a snack.
4. Gluten-free foods:
Yes, you read it right. Gluten-free foods can actually make you fat. An article in Men’s Fitness magazine says: “Ingredients such as cornstarch and brown rice flour, which are used by manufacturers to mimic the texture and taste of gluten, are more calorically dense than the ingredients they replace.”
This low-fat dairy with blended fruits can actually make you fatter. However, they are high in calorie content since they often contain four times the sugar that is needed by the body on a daily basis, says Marie Claire.
6. Instant oatmeal:
We often are tempted to buy instant oatmeal that comes with different seasonings. But do you know these are low in fiber and protein and have added sugar? So, avoid it and go for regular oats.
7. “Fat-Free” foods:
Whenever you see a food label saying “Fat-Free”, know that it is actually offering you fats for free! We remove the fat, but make the food more processed by adding carbohydrates, sodium, sugar and starch. This only makes us fatter.
Definitely, a healthy snack that is good for heart with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin E, and fiber. But 100 gm almonds has 578 calories. So, have in moderation.
We all love coffee. The caffeine in it helps us keep our brain cells active. But while you sip a large latte with whole milk, you are actually drinking 300 calories and 15 grams of fat, says Health magazine.
10. Iced tea:
Tea has antioxidants that keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of dementia, but iced tea contained too much sugar that adds up 90 calories per cup, says fatsecret.com.