A protein bar to start the day, a fruit yogurt as a snack, and a sports drink during exercise: many are the followers of this routine considered to be good for health. But is this really the case?
Five foods that are considered healthy but are actually bad were listed by nutritionist Zinaïda Medvedeva of the Healthy Eating Centre.
So she called for attention to the protein bars. According to her, in addition to dry protein, dried berries, nuts, and seeds, this product often contains highly processed cereal flakes with large amounts of added sugar and sweeteners.
It is because of its high content of sugars and fast carbohydrates that this bar cannot be called a healthy snack. Indeed, just after eating it, there will be a reasonably rapid energy boost followed by fatigue and hunger.
Zinaïda also dispelled the myth about the benefits of vitamin sports drinks. According to her, in addition to nutrients, they contain significant amounts of glucose and fructose – up to 30 grams per 300 milliliters – roughly the same proportion as in drinks like Coca-Cola.
She recalled in this context the dangers of crystalline fructose, the abuse of which can cause intestinal problems up to cancer.
Fruit yogurts are nowhere near as healthy as advertised for this product. Indeed, they hardly contain any vitamins but are, on the other hand, rich in sweet additives, and mash took from highly processed products that contain a lot of sugar. The expert recommended making a homemade product by buying plain yogurt and fruit and mixing them at home.
The nutritionist also called for eliminating processed red meat, such as sausages, cervelat, and smoked brisket, from the menu. According to her, consuming meat products that have undergone processing, whether by salting, drying, preserving, or fermenting, can cause colon cancer.
From a carcinogenicity standpoint, regular meat is almost as bad. In addition, it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart failure. Red meat should not be eaten more than once a week and should be cooked to a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees, the expert said.
Last on that list of unhealthy products is butter. Zinaïda Medvedeva noted that it should not exceed 10 grams per day. If this standard is not met, cholesterol levels will rise, leading to the formation of plaque in the vessels and complicating the functioning of the cardiovascular system, which will disrupt the blood flow to all organs, especially the brain, at the risk of causing a heart attack or stroke.