Trying to live a healthy lifestyle can be confusing. There are often healthy food trends – sugar-free, fat-free, low-carb and gluten-free. It can be difficult to find your way in the healthy world especially when some ‘healthy’ foods can be misleading. We’d all like to eat healthier, but take a close look at what’s billed as health food. Some foods that are supposed to be good for you don’t contain the added nutrition their name suggests. What’s worse, others are loaded with unhealthy amounts of sodium and extra calories. It can be well worth your time and effort to scrutinize the labels of so-called healthy foods.
Here are the top 5 unhealthiest health foods:
5.) Diet Soda
Many people have decided to change from a regular soda to a diet soda, in the hopes that they are being healthier. Chances are, drinking one or two cans of diet soda won’t hurt you. But switching from regular soda to soda that’s been artificially sweetened won’t help you lose weight.
As well as artificial sweeteners, diet sodas are filled with tooth-enamel-eroding flavors and additives. What’s worse, epidemiological studies show that significant health risks may be associated with diet soda. According to the American Academy of Neurology, people who drink four or more cups of diet soda per day have a greater chance of developing depression.
Researchers in Denmark have also linked high diet soda consumption to preterm deliveries in pregnant women. Groups of scientists have also claimed that low-calories sweeteners could lead to weight gain and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.