Superfoods that AREN'T as Healthy as You Think
For the past few years, superfoods have been all the rage. Health experts have gone on and on about how these superfoods can improve your health, fight disease, promote weight loss, and the list goes on. But are superfoods really all that? Can you go all out on the superfoods and eat them in massive quantities just to get all the antioxidants and minerals? The truth is that these superfoods may not be as healthy as you'd think:
Yes, bean-based noodles do provide you with a low-carb alternative to noodles, one that is rich in protein and nutrients. On the flip side, you've still got all the calories found in beans. The nutrients in the noodles will help to encourage weight loss, but you need to remember that calories still do matter. Keep your portions controlled unless you want to start packing on the pounds!
No matter how nutrient-rich the fruit, fruit juice is not the best choice. Juice lacks the fiber that slows down sugar absorption, so the fructose in the juice is absorbed into your body and causes spikes in your blood sugar levels. Yes, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, dark grape juice, and Acai berry juice do contain lots of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, but you're getting more sugar than is good for you.
Walnuts are one of the best natural sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, and they're loaded with fiber and important minerals. But that doesn't make them any less high in calories, courtesy of their high unsaturated fat content. You should still stick with a handful of nuts—no more—unless you want to pack on the weight. Too much fat is going to lead to weight gain, regardless of whether it's saturated or unsaturated fat.
On the face of it, quinoa is an excellent superfood. It's rich in protein, packed with fiber and minerals, and an awesome complex carbohydrate. But it's not very low in calories—in fact, each serving of quinoa contains roughly the same calories as an equal serving of pasta. You do get a lot more nourishment in every bite, but you still need to eat it with the same moderation.
Everyone is talking about how the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are so amazing for your health. But what they're not telling you is how high in fats coconut oil is. Remember, it's OIL we're talking about. Coconut oil is wonderful for your skin, your hair, your digestive tract, and your immune system. Heck, it can even encourage weight loss. But if you eat too much of it, you'll still pack on the pounds.
It's a well-known fact that avocadoes are packed with fat. Sure, it's polyunsaturated fat—the kind that's good for your heart and waistline. However, remember that fat has more than twice the calories you get from protein and carbs. Eating half an avocado is an excellent way to increase your healthy fat intake, but you can easily add a few too many calories to your diet if you go all out.
Olive oil is considered one of the healthiest oils, courtesy of its high antioxidant and unsaturated fat content. It's one of those ingredients you should be adding to your food in order to lose weight and improve your health. But stick with no more than a tablespoon per day. Excessive fat intake (even healthy fats) can lead to weight gain, and can cause cardiovascular health problems. Keep the amount of fat you consume to healthy limits!