Monday, January 17, 2011

Beware Of These Healthy Foods

Some foods are definitely healthier choices than others because they contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants. I think it is commendable when people try to replace junk food with healthy whole foods, but sometimes people get a false sense of security when they are eating healthy foods. Despite being nutrient-rich, many healthy foods are also very high in calories and can cause weight gain if eaten in excess.

Here is a list of some healthy foods which are also high in calories:
almonds and other nuts
avocados
olive oil
granola
fruit juice
trail mix
dried fruit

Sometimes we have the mentality that if something is good for us, then eating more of it is even better. Despite being good for you, if you eat too much of any food, it can create a calorie surplus and produce negative results. That's another great reason to eat vegetables. They are typically much lower in calories than other food groups so it's hard to pack on the weight from eating squash, cucumbers, celery, and broccoli. Remember moderation is an important principle when it comes to your diet. Even something as essential and vital to your body as water can be fatal if consumed in extreme amounts.

I enjoy all of the foods listed above and I think people should go ahead and eat healthy foods, just don't overdo it and be aware of which foods are not only nutrient dense, but also calorie dense. When it comes to weight gain, your body will respond the same to almonds and 100% fruit juice as it does to hot dogs and potato chips if your caloric intake exceeds your requirements.

4 comments:

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

good thing I don't like avocados. i know, weird, huh?

Raymond said...

I love all those foods you mentioned, nothing better than a big juice.
But I lean't what you are trying to show now ..too much is a bad thing.
I couldn't lose fat for while but realised I was chowin down on all those food way too much.
I still eat them but in much smaller portions.
Raymond

Sam said...

These are all definitely healthy foods but as with anything, moderation is key. Too much of a good thing is never good.
-Sam

Ahmed said...

I think the cashew/nut/dried fruit combo is what gets me. Luckily, not buying those foods killed the habit.

I snack on them from time to time, but make sure to buy them rarely.

Nice article.