Late last year, new evidence came out fingering sugar as the main culprit behind heart disease. Turns out, it wasn't dietary fat that was leading to high rate of heart attacks. Just like that, sugar was out, and fat, the holy grail of every adherent to the paleo diet, was once more firmly in.
These days, it's difficult to determine what food is healthy for you, and what's not. Food that was once bad is good, and vice versa.
While this certainly isn't a complete guide, here are a few foods that are often mistaken as healthy to get you started.
1. Anything labeled "fat free"
Fat free is good right? Presumably, they’ve extracted all that harmful fat leaving you with only airy goodness that’ll have negligible effect on your fat cells.
You’ve heard of Newton’s Third Law. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Well, that applies to food too. See, whenever you read the words “fat free,” just think tons and tons of sugar.
In order to strip fat from a food while maintaining tastiness levels, companies often add up to six times the amount of sugar they would on a food’s full fat version.
Just goes to show, there’s no fooling nature.
2. Reduced sugar or no sugar added (i.e., artificial sweeteners)
There’s always a catch. That’s basically a law when it comes to these gimmicky-type foods. In the case of reduced sugar and no-sugar-added foods, this catch comes in the form of artificial sweeteners.
Artificial sweeteners mess you up in multiple and sinister ways. The first is, they’re so much sweeter than regular sugar, they make your actual sugar tolerance high.
That’s not all they do, however.