Know the rules of healthy foods? Can you pick the best fruit for you in your local grocery store? Well, the following facts might shock you.
More than 50 percent of Americans say they carefully consider the foods and drinks they consume. However, much of what you read or hear from distinct perspectives about nutrition—from the dangers of fat to the positives of fruit juice—can steer you to make decisions that are less healthy than you think. How many of these food facts shock you?
Decaffeinated coffee has some caffeine
Most decaffeinated coffee contains some coffee. For instance, a decaf espresso can contain as much as 16 milligrams. In a decaffeinated latte, which has two espresso shots, that is almost the same quantity of caffeine present in a Coke can.
Multigrain foods are not necessarily whole grain
Although multigrain may sound like another name for whole wheat or whole grain—which is linked to a decreased risk of diabetes, digestive issues, and heart disease—it is not. It just means the food contains various grains which might be refined or whole. To ensure the food is full of whole grains, take a look at the ingredients. The first ingredient should have the word ‘whole’.
Fruit juice may contain more sugar and calories than soda
An 8 oz apple juice glass has about 115 calories, compared to around 95 calories in Coke. And a cup full of grape juice has 36 grams of sugar—roughly 9 grams more than in a similar amount of Pepsi. Although juice contains natural sugar, it’s still sugar.
All fibers are not the same
To increase their amount of fiber, many packaged foods have additional fiber with names like inulin, polydextrose, and maltodextrin. While these add towards the fiber total of a food, they have not been shown to provide the same benefits as the natural fiber found in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
Cooked vegetables may have more nutrients than raw ones
Whether a veggie is more nutritious raw or cooked depends on the kind, the cooking, and the nutrient. For instance, you get more lycopene antioxidant from cooked tomatoes compared with raw ones. Similarly, boiling carrots boosts the level of antioxidants known as carotenoids. However, cooking carrots also reduces the amount of other substances.
Adding fat to salad may make it healthier
Eating vegetables together with a fat can assist your body to absorb their nutrients better. Thus, eating a salad of carrots and tomatoes along with a fat-filled dressing is healthier than eating vegetables with a fat-free dressing or avoiding the dressing altogether.