‘healthy foods’ that aren’t so healthy

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied.

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied. Image via Favim

Contributed by Libby Nathan

1. Agave nectar

Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.

Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.

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things you didn’t know about food – part 2

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Image via Favim

As mentioned in a previous post, one of the best things I love about studying nutrition is that it debunks a lot of myths about food.

For instance, did you know you actually need to eat fats with your veggies to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in them? Or that many greens such as bok choy, kale and broccoli contain good amounts of calcium? It’s not just in milk or yoghurt! Fascinating, right?

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