When you are totally obsessed with reaching a fitness goal, you tend to naturally gravitate to the mantra, “great bodies are made in the kitchen.” Spending time calorie counting, planning and prepping your meals alongside your regular workout routine just comes with the territory. I’m guessing that if you are heading towards this path that you are also type of person who is “label-conscious,” analyzing all the ingredients and additives of your food. Although you may think you are doing a pretty good job of filtering your food choices, you could still be making some seriously unhealthy mistakes.
A lot of companies hide the unhealthy side of their foods, glossing over harmful ingredients and trying to pass their products off as health foods; or least foods that seem safe. After all, these “healthy” products are safe… they don’t contain fat or sugar, do they? Here’s some food for thought, as we rundown a list of five food offenders that you might not think are harmful… but might actually be wrecking your diet.
1. Diet Sodapop
When trying to eliminate soda from your health plan (as you should), you could very easily make the mistake of switching to it’s diet counterpart. After all, diet sodas have significantly fewer calories; with some people actually preferring the taste to their high calorie versions. This train of thought is misleading as it persuades you to believe that diet soda is, in fact, a healthy drink choice. But contrary to that belief, while diet soda recreates the original flavor without the use of sugar and syrup, the manufactures turn to artificial ingredients and chemicals instead.
Common popular chemicals used in these “diet” drinks include:
Aspartame – Indicated in the rise of the rate of brain tumors
Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) – Can cause headaches and fatigue if consumed, in excess, over an extended period of time.
Aspartame and BVO are often hotly debated as to their negative effects, each with numerous conflicting (often negative) health studies. The question is, that if you can avoid these chemicals, why bother consuming products including them as ingredients at all? BVO is currently widely banned as a food additive in both Europe and Japan in general; while just being banned as a soft drink ingredient in India. Considering the negativity surrounding products containing these chemicals, opt for a healthy alternative for your beverages and always check the product’s label!