Margarine

Originally, margarine was created to be a healthier alternative to butter. But, over the years, the spread has become so processed, that it’s hardly any better than butter. While significantly lower in cholesterol and fat when compared to butter, margarine is still not much better. It’s high in saturated fat, contains trans fat, and has very little nutritional value. But, margarine’s nutritional value varies, depending on the brand and type. One popular brand of margarine that many people don’t realize is margarine is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Some margarines contain less trans fat and low salt, so always check the nutritional information before buying.

For an alternative, try using vegetable oils or olive oils on different foods and breads instead.   

Low-Fat Products

Many food products use catchy words to make them sound healthy; low-fat, fat-free, reduced-fat, light, etc. These words appeal to people who are trying to cut fat out of their diet. But, in order to make up for the lack of fat and lack of taste, these foods tend to stock up on sugar, salt,  and all other type of ingredients that drive up the calories. This is also why it’s important to always check the nutritional value before eating.

But, do these food descriptions all mean the same thing? Negative. In fact, each has a completely separate meaning:

Low-fat means a serving size of food has three or less grams of fat.

Fat-free means a serving size of food contains less than 0.5 grams of fat.

Reduced-fat means a food product has 24% less fat than the regular food product.

Light foods either have one-third less fat than the original food or half the fat of the original food.

Salad toppings

Salad is seen as the ultimate healthy meal. But, when all those greens are covered in thick dressing, croutons and strips of meat, then it’s no longer as healthy as it once was. Beware of pre-made salads bought at restaurants and fast food places, where the salads can be over one third of your daily calorie intake. When making or buying a salad, be careful of what goes in it. These can include:

Dressings, especially thick, creamy dressings like ranch or russian; Instead, try oil or vinegar based dressings.  

Toppings, such as croutons, cheese, fried meats, fish, salted/roasted nuts, etc; Instead, opt for crunchy fruits and vegetables, grilled or baked meats-fish, and regular nuts and seeds.