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Healthy” Foods That Aren’t So Healthy

June 16, 2015

Some foods you’ve always thought were healthy choices may not be as healthy as you thought. The Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton have the lowdown on which foods to watch for along with some healthy food swaps.

Energy Bars

Energy bars include meal replacement bars, snack bars and power bars. A lot of energy bars are loaded with sugar, saturated fat and even high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to diabetes. Plus, the calorie count of these bars, with some upwards of 350 calories, is far higher than a snack should be (around 200-300 calories), and does not have the healthy fat content that a balanced fresh meal would contain.

Multigrain Foods

Many people get confused by the food label “multigrain.” They have been told to eat whole grains as a healthy source of carbohydrates, and think that the “multigrain” designation is included. However, “whole grain” means that all parts of the grain kernel are used, whereas “multigrain” only means that a food contains more than one grain, even though these grains might not necessarily be whole grains. In fact, many multigrain products contain refined grains and lack the fiber and nutrients contained in whole grains, factors that lead to blood sugar spikes.

Frozen Diet Dinners

Frozen diet entrées may be convenient and inexpensive, but they also carry certain health-related disadvantages that need to be considered. Many frozen diet meals contain significantly less calories than their non-diet counterparts, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing, as some are too low calorically (under 300 calories) to provide adequate fuel or nutrients to the body. The high sodium content of frozen diet meals is another concern, as most meals contain between 700 and 1800 mg of sodium. Plus, the low nutritional content of frozen diet meals can lead to vitamin deficiency if used regularly to replace fresh foods.

Dried Fruit

Although a small amount of dried fruit can add sweetness to a balanced diet, any more than that may be too much of a good thing. Because the fruit has been dehydrated, it carries less volume. As a result it is easy to eat too much dried fruit while trying to achieve the same fullness that occurs when eating fresh fruit. And since a lot of dried fruit has been further sweetened with sugar, an overdependence on it as a fruit substitute may lead to blood sugar problems and weight gain. Further, dried fruit contains an abundance of fiber, which can lead to bloating, constipation and abdominal cramping for those who are not used to that much fiber in their diet.

Swap This for That

Here are a few food swaps that are healthier choices:

  • Whole fruit instead of fruit juice
  • Seltzer water instead of soda
  • Lightly salted popcorn instead of potato chips
  • Balsamic vinaigrette instead of ranch dressing
  • Quinoa instead of couscous or rice

A healthy diet makes you glow from the inside out. Why not enhance that natural glow with a cosmetic or noninvasive facial rejuvenation? To learn more about the different ways you can refresh your face for a more youthful appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cabrera by calling (561) 393-6400.

Category: Healthy Habits

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