Healthy Foods That Actually May Cause Unwanted Weight Gain

Don’t you just hate it whenever a healthy food is debunked, and revealed to be not nearly as healthy as it once claimed to be? Sometimes certain supposedly “healthy” foods turn out to be far worse offenders to your health than others, but it is still disappointing regardless of how unhealthy the food in question turns out to be.

I think it is always particularly disappointing to find out about a food that was once praised for its supposed ability to help people lose weight, only to end up being revealed as a food that not only does practically nothing to help with weight loss, but can actually cause weight gain in the people who consume the food often due to a false belief and hope in its “healthy” properties and capabilities. As I learned from an enlightening article post by Women’s Health Magazine, here are some foods that claim to be healthy, but may actually end up causing you to gain weight.

Let’s just start right off the bat with one of the more surprising, if not completely ironic, offenders: foods that are labeled fat-free or gluten-free. You would think that these food products will help you lose weight, but in fact, the opposite tends to be true most of the time. Fat-free foods are almost always loaded with sugar, preservatives, and other unhealthy added ingredients in order to make up for the loss of fat that contributes to taste and nutritional content. These artificial ingredients offer no health value, and often encourage weight gain for many people. Gluten-free foods, meanwhile, are often stripped of important nutrients such as protein and fiber, which will more than likely cause you to be hungrier throughout the day (since you aren’t getting the nutrition youneed) and you may end up overeating other unhealthy foods to compensate.

As for cooking at home, you may want to be wary of coconut oil. Yes, the trendy healthy food coconut oil actually contains a whole lot of saturated fat. To be precise, just two tablespoons of coconut oil contains a whopping sixteen grams of saturated fat, which is about eighty percent of a person’s daily recommended amount. Steer clear of this stuff and swap it out for olive oil instead, which contains a good amount of healthy unsaturated fats which are good for the health of your body and brain. 

In conclusion, the basic guideline to follow is to avoid added artificial ingredients, and to always check the nutrition facts label on all so-called healthy foods.

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