7 Foods That Could Be Ruining Your Diet

Time to clean out your fridge and pantry and get of the foods can do be doing more harm than good!

Salad-Dressing-702x336It’s a tale as old as time: girl falls head over heels for a tall, dark, and handsome man who has the good looks and charm of a modern-day Don Draper. It all seems like a match made in heaven until that terrible moment when it’s discovered that he’s not who he says he is. Instead of being your knight in shining armour, he’s got more issues than tissues and is weighing you down like a fully loaded barbell on squat day.

The grocery store aisle is full of its own Don Drapers — seemingly healthy foods that have managed to seduce their way into your diet. Contrary to popular belief, just because a food has a good reputation or is labelled with key words like “diet,” “low fat,” and “vitamin rich,” that doesn’t mean it’s actually what your body needs. “Ingredients are listed in descending order in terms of the amount within the food,” explains Tristaca Curley, MSc, RD. “So, ideally, sugar shouldn’t appear in the first three ingredients.” But don’t just look for red flags among the ingredients that sound familiar. Curley warns that many artificial flavourings and colourings have been linked to a number of health issues, including allergies, skin problems, and ADHD.

These faux-healthy foods are just a sampling of some of the hidden diet dangers that lie in wait in grocery aisles everywhere for indiscriminate shoppers. Some of these foods may not come as a shock, while others will definitely shatter everything you’ve been led to believe about healthy selections.

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