Five Health Foods That are Bad for Your Health

man with mask and rain protectionToday we count down some of the most prolific ‘health foods’ that are actually really not healthy in the slightest. Health foods are often full of hidden baddies like sugar, salt, fat and lots more calories than you’d think. Take a look at the list below and you’re sure to see some surprises.

Vitamin Water

There is a whole host of new vitamin waters on the market that all promise to deliver various vitamins and minerals to you to invigorate you, wake you up and to keep you going for the whole day. You may be surprised to discover that Vitamin Water is actually owned by Coca-Cola. The waters are relatively innocent looking, with pretty colors and wordy labels that make it sound as though you’re simply drinking lightly flavored, colored water, with a few vitamins added. Well, did you know that Vitamin Water actually contains 32.5g/8 tsp. sugar per bottle? There is a low calorie version of Vitamin Water, but that still contains high amounts of artificial sweetener that is incredibly bad for your health.

Vitamin Tablets – Chewable

Many of us take vitamins on a daily basis in order to supplement our health and our diet. By far the most common vitamin tablet is the vitamin C tablet. Vitamin C can also be ingested through orange juice, grape juice, fruit, vitamin C tablets that are swallowed and going out in the sun. If you don’t like any of those things, chewable vitamin C tablets are probably for you. The scientific name for these is ascorbic acid, which may tell you what the problem with these tablets is – in some cases, these tablets can actually cause your teeth to erode. Dentists advise that you brush your teeth as soon as you’ve taken a chewable vitamin C tablet, or alternatively, you could just take a tablet that doesn’t require chewing.

Salads

I’m not talking about salads that you’ve made for yourself. I’m talking about fast food salads from places like McDonalds, Subway, and Burger King. You may be surprised to learn that in some cases, the salad on the menu can have even more fat and even more calories than the quarter pounder or the sandwich. One example is Burger King – their tender crisp chicken salad has 10g more fat, 210 more calories, 15g more carbohydrates, 3g more sugar and 1200mg more of sodium than their junior Whopper burger. Always make your own salad and never, ever buy a salad from a fast food chain and drench it with full fat salad dressing. If you want to do that, buy yourself a burger instead.

Herbal Supplements

If you’re like me, you’ll probably have a bottle of herbal tablets in your cupboard, that promise to help you lose weight, grow long hair, strengthen your nails – amongst all sorts of other supplements that promise to help your libido and to increase your vitality. None of these products are regulated by any medical body, and some of them are incredibly dangerous. Chinese herbal supplements in particular can be quite dangerous, with the Chinese supplement for eczema being the most dangerous herbal supplement ever, with two people dying of kidney failure after having taken the supplement. If you feel ill, go to the doctor, don’t seek advice from someone who hasn’t been medically trained.

Cereal Bars

You may think that cereal bars, filled with granola, are a fantastic way to keep your energy levels up during the day whilst keeping the calories and fat level down low. However, in most cases, granola and cereal bars have the same calories and fat as a chocolate bar – because most of them have chocolate, honey, dried fruit and all other sorts of delicious ingredients. If you want to keep your energy levels up, have a handful of dried fruit rather than a granola bar. It will keep you going for longer energy-wise for less calories and far less fat.