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Why these products are not as healthy as you think

  1. While you are browsing the supermarket, you may be guided by products labeled as 'healthy'. But some products are not as healthy as you think. Like these five overrated foods.

1. Fruit juice

  1. The advice is to eat two pieces of fruit a day. Depending on the purpose (for example: lose weight or not), more than two pieces of fruit per day is not necessary. A glass of fruit juice or smoothie easily contains three to five pieces of fruit, while you would not eat three oranges in a row. Fruit contains fruit sugars and whether this is in a healthy jacket or not: it increases your energy intake. Fruit juices and smoothies therefore fall under the heading of sugary drinks. In addition, eating whole pieces of fruit is always preferable to drinking fruit. Whole pieces of fruit fill more than fruit juices. Because of the moisture content, dietary fiber and chewing.

2. Granola

  1. Cereal products including granola and breakfast cereals are part of a healthy diet, with the exception of the unhealthy varieties. With everything that stands for crispy, but also with breakfast cereals aimed at children, you can already have doubts in advance. These breakfast cereals are usually high in calories, saturated fat and added sugars. For example, there are cruesli's that contain no less than thirty times as much sugars as oatmeal. Also be careful with additives, such as coconut (see point 4), nuts and dried fruit. Nuts and dried fruits are a source of healthy fats, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. However, you will quickly consume too many calories. Breakfast cereals are healthy if they contain sufficient dietary fiber and not too much saturated fat and (added) sugars. Examples are oatmeal, oat flakes, oat groats, whole grain muesli, barley flakes, rye flakes, buckwheat flakes and whole grain cereal breakfasts such as Brinta.

3. Dark brown bread

  1. The statement "the darker the bread, the healthier" is incorrect. Manufacturers sometimes color bread using roasted malt grains, malt extract or malt flour, so that the bread looks healthier and more attractive. Don't be fooled by the color and preferably choose 100 percent wholemeal bread. That is light brown in color. The whole grain of grain is processed in this bread, with all the proteins, vitamins and minerals still in it. If wholemeal (wheat) flour is at the top of the ingredients list, and there is at least 4.5 grams of fiber per 100 grams of bread, then it is wholemeal bread.

4. Coconut

  1. Coconut water, coconut and coconut oil are said to be super healthy, as they increase fat burning and strengthen the immune system. However, the purported benefits of coconut are mainly based on animal studies. This is insufficient evidence to make the same claim for humans. What we do know is that coconut contains the highest amount of saturated fat of all fats and oils. Coconut oil, for example, is 82 percent saturated fat. This type of fat is unhealthy; it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, among other things. In addition, coconut provides a lot of calories.

5. Raw and Organic

  1. Raw products that have not been cooked or processed contain extra enzymes for digestion and are free of harmful substances that arise when heated, according to raw foodists. However, a completely raw food diet has more disadvantages than (alleged) advantages, namely underweight, nutrient deficiencies, tooth decay, growth retardation in children, a disrupted menstrual cycle and therefore a reduced fertility, a greater risk of food infection (in the case of animal food ) and a high concentration of toxins (which are normally broken down during heating). A completely raw food diet is therefore not recommended. In addition, there are the organic products, where animal welfare and the environment come first during production. As a result, organic products would contain less residues of pesticides and have a higher nutritional value than the regular products. But regular products also do not contain unsafe amounts of pesticides and additives. In addition, more scientific research is needed to be able to claim that organic products are healthier than regular products. If you care about animal welfare and the environment, then organic products are a good choice. You don't necessarily have to choose organic products for your health.

  2. Raw products that have not been cooked or processed, contain extra enzymes for the food.

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