Are Healthy Food Frauds holding you back?

Do you feel like you are doing all the right things with your diet, but still not losing weight? Are you trying to buy all the right foods, but still struggling to see results? Maybe you are being tricked by the Healthy Food Frauds.

A little while ago now we appeared in a segment on Today Tonight Adelaide featuring Healthy Food Frauds. You can click here to watch the segment.

Healthy Food Frauds are foods or drinks that sound healthy, but contain hidden fats and sugars. Food marketing is big business and food packaging is premium marketing space. Those packages need to convince you a product is going to be appealing – whether that is in the way it makes you feel, or how it nourishes your body. Think of words like natural, whole, earth, vitamin and baked – they all make a product sound as if it is going to be good for you. Unfortunately this is not always the case!

As you will see in the segment, we poured a decent serve of muesli and showed it contained 10 teaspoons of sugar and four teaspoons of fat! This bowl held about one and a half cups of muesli. Whilst this may be greater than many of you would even contemplate after weight loss surgery, the sugar and fat hiding in there is surprising nonetheless. What may surprise you even more is that eating this bowl of muesli would be like sitting down and eating nine slices of bread!

In researching this segment we investigated a lot more foods than were actually shown.

  • Here are some other common Healthy Food Frauds we like to expose:
  • Fruit juice may contain up to 13 teaspoons of sugar in a 600ml bottle you grab at the service station or deli, including the “no added sugar” varieties.
  • Muesli bars may contain two teaspoons of sugar and two teaspoons of fat in a small bar.
  • Low fat yoghurt may contain up to 6 teaspoons of sugar per 175g tub.
  • Juice bar smoothies: can easily contain six teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of fat.
  • A bottle of vitamin water can contain 7 teaspoons of sugar.
  • A small, 250 ml coconut water contains 3 teaspoons of sugar.
  • A small box of dried fruit, easy to throw in the kid’s lunchbox can contain up to six teaspoons of sugar.

Check out the segment to see more Healthy Food Frauds exposed, it only takes a few minutes.

Making small changes to our daily food and drink choices can make a big difference – the difference between gaining weight and losing weight. By reducing five teaspoons of fat per day, or 10 teaspoons of sugar per day (or a combination of both), you can lose about one kilogram per month. Whilst you may think this seems small, over a year that is 12 kilograms! It really adds up!

We expose a lot more Healthy Food Frauds and simple swaps you can make in our book, Spoons for Thought available in our online store.

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