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Seemingly healthy food that can cause weight gain

Author: FITivate | Published date: September 23, 2021 | Category: Nutrition

For better weight management and a healthier diet, refrain from stocking up your kitchen based on the following, seemingly healthier food choices.

- High sodium content foods such as soup and condiments

Sodium causes water retention in the body and is also linked to appetite stimulation that can result in unwanted weight gain.

- Foods high in refined flour such as white bread or pastries

This causes obesity as it encourages fat storage and causes blood sugar levels to spike.

- Tropical fruits such as mangoes,   pineapples and durians

These fruits are high in fructose (sugar) levels and promote weight gain.

- Fruit juices

High fructose (sugar) content, it takes a few whole fruits to make just one glass of juice.

- Salad dressings such as mayo, cheese or thousand island

Salads are healthy but some dressings can be high in sugar, sodium or fat content. Drizzle with care.

- Low or zero fat foods

Low fat labels does not necessarily mean low in calories. High sugar foods can still be low in fat content.

- Whole Milk

Try to opt for skimmed milk as it is lower in calories and saturated fat content.

- Low or zero cholesterol foods

Always check the nutrition label - potato chips which are high in sodium, calories and fat may still be labelled as cholesterol-free.

By : Alvin Ho

B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)

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