How often do you just assume certain things are healthy without questioning it further, because it tells you it is?
This one surprises a lot of people!
So many blokes get caught out when they try and pick a healthy option and choose Banana bread. It sounds healthy right? Yet one piece that you get from the cafe is likely to have over 50g of sugar in it! To put that in perspective, that’s more than a can of coke.
Sports drinks are loaded with electrolytes to help with recovery right? Well, they’re also loaded with sugar.
One 600ml bottle has over 35g of sugar in it and contains over 150 calories. Considering you just exercised to burn those calories off, why would you undo your hard work by drinking them back in? The best drink post-exercise is water.
Many of the fruit juices available on the market contain very little real fruit. Instead, they are packed full of concentrates and preservatives to extend the shelf life.
But even if it’s a brand that only includes actual orange juice, the fruit itself is still full of sugar. One glass of orange juice has over 20g of sugar in it, so you’re better off eating your fruit, not drinking it.
Rice, seaweed, lean meat – that makes sushi healthy right? Well, unfortunately, no.
Ultimately, the goodness of sushi depends on how it’s prepared. The rice is more often than not prepared by soaking it in sugar water, and the roll is then covered in high-calorie sauces. For a treat meal, sushi is great. For a healthy option, not all sushi passes.
If you do enjoy sushi, simple things like choosing nigiri and less processed options can make it much healthier.
Do you know which yoghurts are healthier than others?
A lot of yoghurts (especially those targeted towards kids) are packed with added sugars and retain very few of the real benefits yoghurt has. When choosing a yoghurt, opt for a natural greek yoghurt with no added sugar. You can then add your own fruit and flavouring to it. As for the rest, look for yoghurts with less than 6g of sugar per serve.
But wait, surely all salads are healthy, right? After all, it’s salad!
Well shockingly, a salad can sometimes be as calorie-filled as the burger you really wanted. The danger with salads is the sauces. Mayonnaise, for example, contains nearly 100 calories for every tablespoon. Then, think of how many tablespoons there are on a salad. Yep, should have just got the burger.
Dried fruit is just normal fruit made convenient right? Wrong. Because the fruit is dried, the sugar content becomes way more concentrated, and you don’t get a lot of the nutrients you would from the fresh stuff.
One serve of dried fruit is just 30g, yet contains over 20g of sugar in it.
Iced tea is marketed as a healthy alternative to soft drinks, yet I still wouldn’t call it healthy. One 250ml serve can contain up to 22g of sugar, which is nearly on par with juice and soft drink. And because you think you’re making a healthy decision, you’re more likely to have a second glass (or the whole bottle).
Nutella / Nut Spread
For some reason, there is a conception that nutella isn’t just chocolate in a tub. “But it’s next to peanut butter on the shelves!”, people say. Honestly, it should be in the lolly aisle next to cadbury.
One serve has 200 calories and over 20g of sugar in it, and who uses just one serve? Other nut spreads also contain sweeteners in them to make them taste better, so always look at the nutrition panel before buying. Organic or 100% nut spreads are the go, all the goodness without the added crap.