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Health Food labels

The growth of health foods has given the average British shopper a massive range of products to choose from when they go to the supermarket. Low-fat; diet; zero fat; and light – labelled food products make us believe that we’re eating a healthy diet. However, these labels are deceptive especially when it comes to weight loss. The simple fact is that low fat doesn’t equate to low calorie. The so-called low-fat healthy foods are actually packed with hidden calories, salt, sugar and additives.

Food packaging claims like low-fat can be misleading for consumers. These foods may contain less fat than similar products, but low-fat does not mean low calories. Low-fat yoghurts are often packed with more sugar and additives than yoghurts that are not low-fat.

Healthy Sushi?

Sushi is rapidly becoming the new healthy choice for fast food snacks. Millions of people are replacing their lunchtime sandwiches with pre-packed sushi boxes because they mistakenly think sushi is healthier. In actual fact, the popular California Roll contains more calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger. And with many pre-packed boxes containing several California rolls, along with a lot of fat and salt, sushi is actually a lot less healthy than traditional lunchtime fast foods.

Ketchup – Calorie monster

It’s not just food itself that can be packed with hidden calories; the sauces we add to food can easily make a healthy dinner bad for you. Tomato ketchup is one of the worst culprits. A lot of people think that because ketchup is derived from tomatoes that it must be healthy. In fact tomato ketchup is packed full of calories and other additives. One of its main ingredients is high fructose corn syrup, which means that tomato ketchup, far from being healthy, is actually 25% sugar. In fact, one tablespoon alone can contain up to 20 calories.

Salads – the hidden calories

Healthy sandwiches and salads often come with generous dollops of mayonnaise, which contains both animal and vegetable fats. Oily and creamy salad dressings, fried croutons and fatty meats are loaded with fats and sugars. So, whilst your salad itself is very healthy, the extra tasty bits rack up the calorie content on what you thought was a light snack.

When it comes to healthy food, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Low fat doesn’t mean low calorie and it’s very easy to eat healthy food smothered with unhealthy sauces and dressings. If you’re trying to lose weight you have to count the calories – ignore the rest.

 

10601 March 2012

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