It's easy to lose sight of what's healthy and what's not so healthy, which is exactly where the food industry wants us to be.
But fear not, nutritionist and weight loss expert Lily Soutter us setting the record straight, so this time round you can avoid those 'junk foods' in disguise...
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If you’re an elite athlete, perhaps they could be a convenient way to increase your protein and calorie intake, but for the average person, the nutritionally void, low-quality ingredients can lead to weight gain and are hard for the body to digest.
If you do find yourself choosing a protein bar, one thing is for sure:
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. IF YOU DON'T RECOGNISE HALF THE INGREDIENTS, AND THE CALORIE AND SUGAR CONTENT IS HIGH THEN YOU MAY BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT!
Unfortunately, the additional potassium and other electrolytes you receive from this beverage simply do not outweigh the negatives that come with the additional sugar.
The problem with coconut water is when we drink more than a chocolate bars worth of sugar before 9am, which inevitably leads to blood sugar spikes and crashes.
A healthier alternative: There’s no denying that staying hydrated is good for us but if you’re looking for a sweeter beverage without the sugar load, then try infusing water with berries overnight.
The cold truth about frozen yoghurt is that it often contains more sugar than ice cream because in order to get rid of the tart taste, companies often have to add additional sweetness. So even if it’s fat-free, in reality, it is the sugar that will lead to the weight gain.
It just goes to show that low-fat doesn’t always mean healthier!
A healthier alternative: Try blending yoghurt, berries and a pinch of cinnamon - freeze in ice-lolly moulds for your own low sugar, healthy frozen yoghurt alternative.
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