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)