Despite the many temptations of fast food, we’ve become a much more health-conscious food consumer. There are many substitutes and tips we’ve incorporated on a daily basis in an effort to achieve healthier minds and bodies through our diet.
Unfortunately not everyone knows that even healthy food can sabotage our health efforts if it is prepared a certain way.
Rodney Bilton, a professor at Liverpool John Moores University, shares information with The Daily Mail that shows us that it’s not always what we eat, but how we eat it that has an impact on our health. He explains that despite our best intentions, some of the common things we eat to stay fit can actually have the opposite effect.
Bilton also explains the importance of knowing how cooking changes the chemical make-up of our food. How food is prepared can actually biochemically alter what we consider to be a healthy choice so that we never actually experience the benefit in our diet.
Healthy Foods That Make You Fat
That healthy fruit smoothie you chose instead of a heavy breakfast can provide a natural and healthy energy boost, thanks to its fruit content. And many of us choose smoothies not only because they’re a quick on-the-go fix, but they also keep us away from artery-clogging bacon.
But your morning smoothie may be packed with sugars that the body can’t handle in high levels. Normally as sugar enters the blood stream it triggers a release of insulin, which is used by the body to manage how glucose is stored in the system and helps to prevent fat accumulation and even liver complications.
In large amounts, however, these sugars are processed differently. The high quantities of fruit sugars don’t stimulate the production of insulin and hormones that control our appetite, so we’re not reaping the proper benefits but still taking in the extra calories.
So you love potatoes? Don’t feel guilty about that! A lot of us are scared of carbohydrates, and the humble potato gets a lot of blame for excess weight. But it is actually a great source of starch, if properly prepared.
Mashed potatoes are the biggest offender.
Bilton explains that when it comes to starchy foods, it is the release of sugar that takes place during the preparation that impacts our weight. Factors such as heat alter how much sugar is released from the starchy membrane of the food.
When you’re preparing mashed potatoes, the heat releases more sugar from starches that will end up in the bloodstream. Additionally, the mashing increases the surface area exposure of those sugars which leads to faster absorption than if the potato were whole.
Other starchy foods, such as apples also fall under the same rule; better served whole than in a broken-down state.
A Low-Fat or Fat-Free Diet
If your aim is to lose weight, then you’re probably trying to cut back on fatty foods. But this runs the risk of relying too much on a carb-heavy diet for energy. This will leave you feeling hungry fast and could lead to eating more than you should. Plus refined carbohydrates are high in sugar. It tastes great, but you’ll keep eating more and more of it.
Combat this by incorporating foods in your diet that are high in healthy fat, such as avocados. These will actually release hormones that stimulate the pancreases’ ability to break down body fat stores!
Cooking with olive oil is considered a much healthier alternative to butter, but it might be best used as a drizzle on salads.
When heated, oil produces lipid peroxides — these toxins are not your friend. They may actually lead to increased risk of heart disease and cancer. If you absolutely must cook with oil, adding water to the wok or pan can help maintain a cooler frying temperature for the oil.
Tofu is a favorite meat and protein substitute for vegetarian and vegan diets.
But it’s not a great idea to rely on tofu as your sole source of meat replacement as it can lead to mineral deficiencies. This is because tofu is high in phytates, which block the absorption of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and other important minerals.More Like This: Food, Food & Home