When you’re trying to eat better, you try to choose food that seems healthier. But not all ‘health’ foods are actually that. In fact, some of them are downright bad for you. Here are a few things you should stay away from, or at least limit.
Most kinds of margarine contain partially hydrogenated (trans) fats, which can raise your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and lower your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This increases your risk of developing heart disease.
Replace margarine with a tiny amount of extra-virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil.
When manufacturers remove most of the fat from a food, they tend to add sugar in a bid to improve the flavor. So, if something is advertised as fat-free, it’s certainly not free of calories or sugar.
Always read food labels to check the sugar and fat content. And try to steer clear of pre-made, packaged foods anyway.
The jury’s still out on whether or not coconut oil is good for you, but the American Heart Association warns that it is high in saturated fats. But apart from that, coconut oil is high in calories. In fact, one tablespoon is 120 calories.