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3 Foods That are Ruining Your Diet

We all know that eating a healthy and well balanced diet is crucial for good health and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s just that...this is a little bit easier said than done. Many of us think that we are making healthy choices, when in reality, we are consuming foods that are detrimental to our health. Here are 3 foods that you may be eating and think are healthy, but are actually ruining your diet in the long run.

 Diet Sodas

You’ve likely heard this before. In truth, even if you are choosing diet over regular, soda is just not good for you. While the sugar content is better in diet sodas, the artificial sweetener may not be any better. In recent studies, it has been linked to cancer and other diseases. What’s more, sodas provide zero nutritional value, so by consuming this drink you are taking in calories that are doing your body no good at all. Instead, opt for water for the best health possible.

Snack Food

If you snack on fruits and veggies, then you can count this portion out. For the rest of us, snack foods may be doing you in. Do you eat chips, crackers, chex mix, nuts, or similar items? If so, it’s possible that you are taking in way too much sodium, too many calories, and very little nutritional value. While nuts can be good, they should be eaten in moderation. Chips and chex mix likely have zero nutritional value and are doing much more harm than good. To stay healthy, plan ahead and eat snacks that are low calorie, packed full of vitamins, and will bring your body benefits instead of harm.

“Fat Free” Food

While not all fat free food is bad for you, many of the options are just as unhealthy as their “fat” counterpart. So, it’s fat free? What about the sodium levels? Does it contain any healthy nutrients? Does it contain sugar that will later be converted to fat? There are so many other options to consider besides just the fat content. Many fat free products are not nearly as healthy as they report themselves to be. Not to mention that your body needs some fat to be in optimal health. When it comes to “fat free,” read the label, consider your choices, and choose wisely.

You don’t have to eat like a bird to enjoy a healthy life. It’s all about good choices and moderation. If you have trouble choosing healthy foods, use this list as a guide. Stay away from a bad diet, and you will improve your health and wellness in no time.

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