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Foods That Can Fool You
13 Common Dietary Offenders
Eating can be a truly delightful experience. Figuring out which foods are "good for you", on the other hand, is taxing to say the least. The biggest obstacle we face in this challenge isn't the evolving nutritional research, or even the countless diets that exist. The main problem lies within the food items themselves, particularly the foods that aren't necessarily what they appear to be.
The goal of this article is not to tell you what you should or shouldn't eat. There are far too many eating regimens, each limiting or exploiting a different nutritional component to do so. Instead, it is about uncovering the foods that either misrepresent themselves, or are somewhat misunderstood.
One doesn't have to go far to find a salad that includes ingredients like cheese, croutons, egg, fried chicken, etc. While all of these ingredients are delicious and can be enjoyed in moderation, they do nothing to help save on calories, carbs, or fat grams. One of the most popular salads in the USA is the Chicken Caesar. Did you know that the typical version of this salad has 700 calories with a whopping 46 grams of fat?
Salads are at their nutritional best when they predominantly contain fresh, raw vegetables and lean protein. When adding any of the more highly-caloric ingredients, do so in moderation, and try to add only one or two of them to your salad.
So, when it comes to dressing your salad, less is more. Also, stick to homemade dressings such as light vinaigrette. In a glass jar (that has a lid), add 1 part vinegar or lemon juice, 2 parts olive oil, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, fresh or dried herbs, salt and pepper. Close the lid, and give it a good shake. You just made enough vinaigrette to last you a week!
Lean ground turkey or chicken, or even various soy-based products can be used in place of beef and pork. The addition of various vegetables and legumes will add vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber to your meal, thus making chili a nutrient-dense food.
When consuming fruit juice, do so in moderation and stick to either fresh-squeezed or natural juices containing 100% juice with no added sugar. One way to limit your fruit juice consumption is to dilute it with spring water.
For starters, nuts are a fantastic source of low-carb protein. Due to their dietary fiber content, they also have the ability to curb hunger, making them a worthy between-meal snack. In the case of walnuts, they are also heart healthy as they contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
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Once again, it's important to know that we are not recommending nor discouraging the consumption of any of these foods. As a matter of fact, a well-rounded diet that includes controlled portions and concentrates mostly on whole foods is the best way to go. But this also includes an occasional splurge. After all, variety is the spice of life.
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