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How true are their claims? 9 health foods that are, actually diet-sabotaging fare
So you picked up a packet of oat biscuits because the tertrapack claims it’s ‘fat free’, ‘zero-cholesterol’ and ‘no transfat’.

Well, watch out, because these sort of packaged foods contain other ingredients that may harm your health twice over. Have you ever wondered about the claims healthily cooked or natural variety that scream ‘health food’ from counters and menus may be making?

Advertising and misinformation surround what we eat, making every food appear healthy–even if the reverse is true. Here are nine diet-offenders hiding behind the facade of `healthy’ food.

Bran muffins
Treat these as a calorie cake, not a healthy coffee companion. A typical bran muffin has more than 400 calories and up to 15 grams of fat, with most of the calories coming from sugar, butter and refined flour.

Sushi
Sushi rolls can be deceiving because they’re packed tightly and look small, but some are calorie bombs just waiting to explode up your waistline.

Dried fruits
While they are loaded with vitamins and minerals, dried fruits are also free calories on a platter. With more than 100 calories per ¼ cup serving, calories can add up quickly when you’re eating dried fruit.

Mutton cutlets
Many people think that ordering a mutton cutlet sandwiched between two buns is kinder to the waist than a beef burger.

Margarine
In a battle between butter and its artificial com petitor, the original wins. Although both have the same amount of calories, margarine has more transfat, which simultaneously raises your bad (LDL) cholesterol and lowers good (HDL) cholesterol.

Reduced-fat peanut butter
When manufacturers take fat out of peanut butter, they replace it with sugars. As a result, reduced fat peanut butter has the same total calories as the original, but more than twice the amount of carbs. It’s better to stick to the regular stuff.

Protein bars
Protein bars are vitamin and protein-infused candy bars and contain more than twice the amount of fat and carbohydrates a brownie would; not to mention chemicals and preservatives.

Yoghurt
Natural yoghurt is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. But some packaged varieties have as much fat and sugar as a butter cookie. Stick to the good old dahi at home.

Fat-free salad dressing
If you’re watching your blood pressure, steer clear of this stuff. In just two small tablespoons of fat-free Italian dressing, you take in up to 500mg of blood-pressure-raising sodium.

Source : TOI Health News

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