4 “Health Foods” That Are Actually Junk Foods in Disguise

– Unhealthy foods are the
main reason that the world is fatter and sicker than ever before. Surprisingly, some of these
foods are actually considered healthy by many people. In this video we’re looking at
some popular unhealthy foods disguised as health foods. Processed low-fat and fat-free foods. The war on saturated fat was a big mistake in the history of nutrition. It was based on weak
evidence and most experts now consider saturated fat to have a neutral effect on health. When it all started
processed food manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon
and began removing the fat from foods, but there’s a huge problem. Food tastes terrible when
the fat has been removed. That’s why they had to add
loads of sugar to compensate. Saturated fat is pretty
harmless, but added sugar can be very harmful
when consumed in excess, which is not all that difficult to do. Unfortunately, the words
low-fat or fat-free on packaging usually
means that the product is loaded with added sugar. Margarine. Back in the day, butter was demonized for its high-saturated fat content. Various experts and
organizations started promoting margarine instead. Well, margarine is now
virtually free of harmful trans fats, it’s still
just a mixture of refined vegetable oils and other
ingredients designed to look and taste like butter. Except, it tastes much worse than butter and shows no health benefits over regular butter consumption. In fact, the Framingham
Heart Study found those who replace butter with margarine
were slightly more likely to die from heart disease. So they’re probably on par
with each other, really. Now, that’s not to say that
butter is a health food because that has been
oversold to us as well. Basically, eating more butter
than you normally would is not healthy, much like
eating more margarine. Fruit juice. A lot of people consider
fruit juices to be healthy, after all, it’s made from fruit, right? Turns out most fruit juice
you find in the supermarket isn’t really juice from a fruit. Sometimes there isn’t even
any actual fruit in there, just artificial ingredients
that taste like fruit. What you’re drinking is
basically fruit flavored soda or soft drink without the bubbles. That being said even if
you’re drinking 100% quality fruit juice, it’s still not
a good idea in the long run. Fruit juice is like fruit
except with all the good stuff, like the fiber, taken out. The main thing left of the
actual fruit is the sugar. If you didn’t know, fruit
juice actually contains a similar amount of sugar
as a regular sugar-sweetened beverage like Coca Cola or Pepsi. Sports drinks. Following on from juice,
sports drinks are also not as healthy as they appear. They were first made for
elite athletes so they contain electrolytes, or salts
and sugar for energy. However, most regular
people don’t need any additional salts and they
certainly have no need for liquid sugar. Although, often considered less
bad than sugary soft drinks, there really is no difference
except that the sugar content is sometimes slightly lower. No doubt, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially after a hard workout, but the majority of us are way better off sticking with regular water. It’s fair to say that if the packaging of a food says that it’s healthy, it probably isn’t because
the truly healthy foods don’t require any health claims. Thanks for watching. If you found this video useful, please give it a thumbs up
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