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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Diets which are falsely taken as safe....15412

Your diet staples could be sabotaging 

your efforts to slim down and denying 

you vitamins and minerals

Those low-fat, low-taste alternatives 

passed off as 'health foods' could, in 

fact, be costing you your health. It's

 easy to be misled with labels such as

 'high fiber', and 'natural'. In reality,

 many so called 'healthy' foods contain

 high levels of fat, sugar and salt.

 Reading the ingredient list and

 nutrition facts column could help you

 choose the right items. Here's a round 

up of the things you consider good that

 may actually be bad:


You think honey is healthier and more

 natural than sugar? You are wrong

. Both contain similarly high levels of

 glucose. Because honey is denser,

 one tablespoon actually contains more

 calories than the same sized spoonful

 of granulated sugar. Eat too much

 honey and you'll gain just as much

 weight as you will gorging on other

 sweet stuff.

Low-fat salad dressing

Scientists at Iowa State University, US,

 have found that low-fat dressing

 cancels out the goodness in salad

. Conversely, using olive oil, or a little

 butter, boosted vitamin intake

 because fat helps your body absorb

 nutrients from vegetables more 


Breakfast cereals

Studies show that people who eat

 cereal for breakfast tend to be

 slimmer than those who don't — but

 only if they're opting for a healthy

 brand. Choose the wrong box and you

 may as well start your day with a slice

 of cake, as some cereals are high in 

sugar and fat. The main ones to watch

 out for are your flavoured, chocolate

 and sugar-coated or frosted kids'

 ones. So always read the label. Not

 that you need to skip the cereal aisle

 altogether — experts agree that

 tucking into a bowl of porridge or any

 other wholegrain cereal is actually
healthy. Naturally low in calories and

 high in fibre, these will help keep you

 fuller for longer and ward off

 midmorning snacking.

Skimmed milk

Although guzzling whole milk has been

 demonised as a health no-no in recent

 years, research shows that it could be

 a better choice than its skimmed


Whole milk only contains around 4 per

 cent fat per 100ml as opposed to the 

20 per cent plus deemed to be in the

 'high fat' category. Skimmed milk

 contains 0.1 per cent fat. So switching

 from whole to skimmed milk won't

 make a huge difference.

Skimmed milk is less nutritious

 because cream contains fatsoluble

 vitamins A, D, E and K. Research

 reveals that full-fat milk boosts

 metabolism and help you burn more

 calories, while also lowering the risk

 of heart disease.

Raw vegetables

Cooking is believed to kill the vitamins

 and minerals, but studies have found

 the opposite. While cooking may

 destroy some (but not all) vitamin C,

 the process boosts the uptake of

 disease-fighting nutrients —

 antioxidants. A 2008 study found that

 vegetables such as carrots, spinach,

 mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage and

 peppers supply more antioxidants

 when cooked than when eaten raw.

 This is because cooking breaks down

 vegetables' thick cell walls, making it

 easier for the body to absorb the

 nutrients they contain. Steaming is

 best, then gentle boiling. Frying

 preserves the least vitamins and


Diet drinks

They seem like a straightforward way

 for soft drink lovers to cut calories but

 experts think diet drinks could actually

 scupper weight loss. While the

 artificial sweeteners in such drinks can

 convince the taste buds they're

 consuming sugar, the brain can't be

 tricked so easily. When it's denied the

 calories it's expecting, your body goes

 on a calorie hunt, making you feel

 hungry and eat more. Which is why

 consuming diet drinks can make

 people more likely to pile on weight,

 than reduce it.

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