Diet Foods: Is It Good For You?

Have you noticed that even after eating only diet foods still you end up getting some pounds? One reason could be you are over eating the so called Diet Foods i.e. chips, cola etc. A study conducted by the scientists have proven that many diet food are unhealthy as they temp people to over eat them even though they have dieting in their minds. The misconception about diet food makes them even fatter.

Below are some diet foods with hidden calorie traps.

Diet Drinks- artificial sweeteners used in low calorie drinks can make you put on weight, according to researchers in US. The sweeteners used in these drinks trick the body into thinking it’s about to get to huge surge of calories and when it doesn’t, you get hungry and over eat.

Breakfast Bars- low fat cereal bars look tempting but avoid them if you can. Many are packed with artificial sweeteners and sugar. They give you an instant hit of energy, then crash your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling tired and hungry. Those tiny little bars rarely satisfy hunger either, so one is never enough.

Smoothies- smoothies are a great way of hitting your five a day fruit and veg target. However, studies show pureed fruit doesn’t full you up as much as the whole fruit equivalent because some of the fiber gets wiped out in the smoothie making process. They can also pack a real calorie punch. Avoid smoothies with coconut. A pineapple, banana and coconut smoothie from innocent, for example is 190 calories more or less same like a sandwich.

Oat Cakes- are a great source of fiber and make a healthy snack but, most oatcakes contain around 50 calories each. If you have a topping with your oatcakes, such as peanut butter or cheese, you can double that calorie total.

Salads- are another food that people automatically assume are perfect. But ones with coleslaw, croutons, rich dressing or potato salads are anything but, and can contain more calories than a jacket more calories than a jacket potato, sandwich or even a Big Mac!

Low Fat Muffins- Even muffins described as Low Fat or lite are packed with butter, sugar and fat. Just slightly less butter, sugar and fat than regular muffins. Low fat coffee-shop muffins also contain a lot more sugar than regular ones (manufacturers take out some of the fat and replace it with sugar for taste). This simulates hunger so you’re likely to be peckish within an hour and they are still packed with 300-400 calories.

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