It’s unfortunate but true, we have come to rely on the pseudo-scientific instructions of marketeers for our dietary needs. Out of the window has gone our precious food culture and knowledge on how to cook and eat. And in are unhealthy foods marketed as healthy food. Kellogg’s is such an example. Rejoice they will remove Ricicles from the shelves, but they have left Frosties. Kellogg’s now classify it as an adult breakfast. That’s to keep the sugar-saturated bestselling product falling foul of the child obesity sugar rules. ‘They’re’ not so great with 30% less sugar. A total contrast to John Harvey Kellogg’s position. The sanctimonious Seventh-day Adventist thought food should be bland. But America has not just influenced breakfast. Our diet is 100% American led and bad for us. And here are seven ‘healthy foods’ to avoid along with all carbonated sugar drinks.
Healthy Food To Avoid
O how I fell for this one. A well-known supermarket sells a tasty loaf. But when I made enquiries I found that bakers make ‘multigrain’ bread from refined grain. So, I might as well be eating the crusty white stuff. The real healthy food alternative is wholemeal.
Hands up, I bought into bagels being brain food big time. Did I do my homework? No, I heard it, not through the grapevine that would have been healthy, and fell for the bagel.
The dense dough with cinnamon and raisins, toasted is tasty. But it’s made with refined flours. And the density usually translates to one bagel being the equivalent of five slices of bread. About that wholemeal sandwich.
Pre Packed Sandwiches
Aaargh run for the hills. I know how tasty and tempting pre-packed sandwiches can seem. And inexpensive. But in addition to being packed with refined sugars, fat and salt, the ingredients are cheap. Given the average sandwich has approximately 400 calories the healthy food alternative is to make your own. Naturally with wholemeal bread.
I know they say or promote protein, but they are just masquerading as healthy. That is not to deny the high protein content. It’s the other stuff besides protein that is worrying. Like sugar! And fat. Instead, grab a hand full of nuts and seeds and throw them in a natural yoghurt.
My super healthy late nephew got me into eating popcorn. It’s the healthy food alternative to crisps. Anyway, it turns out that although popcorn is healthy, it’s the fibre content. Not so the microwave stuff. The flavourings contain some very unhealthy chemicals which affect the immune system, fertility and cholesterol levels to name a few.
Go ‘old skool’ make it in a pan and sprinkle with a little butter and salt, though plain is best. I know I said a little butter because it is way better than margarine.
Whatever the marketeers say, margarine is not a healthy alternative to butter. It is full of trans fat. And they are known to increase the risk of coronary artery disease. Brexit has made butter painfully expensive. But with its richer taste, less is needed. So, opt for butter instead of marg and where possible replace butter with virgin olive oil.
There is nothing quite like the crunch of the cabbage, carrots and veg in coleslaw. But it’s doused in mayonnaise, and Caribbean folk like to blend that with salad cream of the 57 variety. The average portion size is a whopping 240 calories. The saturated fat is a killer. And some have sugar too. Give up the coleslaw and go for a salad. Same ingredients more variety and much lighter dressings.
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