They may look like healthy foods to eat, but there are many lesser twins of wholesome foods that can actually be more harmful to your system than good. These health food impostors purport to have benefits for your diet, but you’re also getting unhealthy ingredients that can negate any positive effects.
Be sure to read food labels very closely to see what you’re getting (or not getting), and even consult a nutritional consultant to help you stay away from these “evil” foods. While the less healthy alternatives may tempt you with the promise of better taste, they’re probably not worth it in the long run…
1. Margarine vs. Butter
The battle between butter and margarine goes back a long way, but while margarine has been blasted for artificial ingredients, the Mayo Clinic actually recommends margarine for better heart health as it contains vegetable oils and unsaturated fats. Butter is made from animal fats, which is higher in trans (bad) fat and can negatively affect cholesterol levels.
However, the Mayo Clinic reminds you that not all margarine’s are good—so be sure to check the label if the margarine you’re buying is free from trans fat, which is linked to heart disease. The clinic says, margarine sold in a tub is often better than margarine sold as a stick.