Did you know that you could be eating something that you thought was good for you, but in reality this food could be making you fat! SHOCKING! YES!!!
Who wouldn’t be in shock? We all know about eating healthy and perhaps we try to eat healthy, as much as we can… or perhaps we are not quite yet at the point where we eat healthy. Nevertheless, we probably know that vegetables are good for us. Are all “presentations” of vegetables good for us? NO! NOT THE CASE!! This is where there is a shift in thinking as we begin to realize that all “veggies” are not created equal.
On the contrary, some veggies may actually be “not-so-healthy”. Yes, some veggies may be making you fat! Still, at a very basic level, we can AGREE that vegetables should be consumed. Actually, research studies reveal that many countries do not eat enough vegetables and in some places, only 45% of the youth eat at least one veggie portion every day . So, we do need to eat more veggies. BUT, there ARE veggies being consumed that make people FAT.
“How?”, you may wonder. Well … in most cases, it’s not that the veggie itself is bad. Unfortunately, VEGGIES can go through a lot of processing and preparation before we eat these foods. This is the MAIN CULPRIT with regards to vegetables that are making you fat. Especially in terms of the way these vegetables are presented before we eat these foods. We are actually packing on the pounds when we consume these foods.
The International Journal of Food Science and Technology describes how the demand for minimally processed vegetables is still high, and as such there is an increase in the availability of such foods .
THIS IS GREAT TO KNOW!
However, there are still ways that vegetables are consumed that can make us fat. Thus, KNOWING the FACTS and understanding the various scenarios is an IDEAL way to proceed.
So, LET’S DIG deeper into 5 of the vegetables that can make a person fat. These are foods that DO NOT help you remain or get slim or in other words – lose weight, heal you body in terms of many types of pain including joint pain, gut damage or deal with muscle pain. NO… these veggies that can make you fat actually do so by taking advantage of the fact that the vegetable classification may make people eat more of these foods while the foods DO NOT contribute in any way to low calorie intake or weight loss.
Beware of these 5 vegetables that can make you fat!
#1 – Vegetable Chips
Due to the tendency for people to shy away from veggies, people get creative and determine alternate ways to try to push the idea of “eating veggies” on other people. What do quite a number of people like? Chips!
Yes, the unhealthy, salty type of chips that are ABSOLUTELY not good for us – especially in the long term. So, WHAT HAPPENS? Veggies are made into chips and this product is marketed as an alternative to the natural form of the vegetable. SO, WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THIS?
Well… the concern is that the additives that are used to create these veggie chips are, in the long run, not very good for you. OH NO… these veggies chips can be just as bad as or even worse than the more commonly known salty potato chips. SHOCKER, right!!!
Would you believe that the veggie chips you are consuming may actually be making you FAT?! WORSE to consider as well is the mindset a person may find himself or herself operating in when eating anything that has the word “vegetable” in it.
For some reason, and many times rightly so, we expect that all veggie concoctions or preparations MUST be HEALTHY! NOT SO!!! Depending on the way it’s prepared, veggie chips can help you pack on those pounds, and simply because we think that the veggie chips we are consuming are healthy, we may tend to EAT MORE VEGGIE CHIPS, making the situation so much more worse.
#2 – Vegetable Dips
Oohh… these can look so appealing. Of course, another way we get caught in the trap set by veggie dips is the logical conclusion that we’ll not eat too much of this and we have this idea usually before we even start eating the dip.
“It’s just a dip and I’ll just put a little on this carrot, broccoli, celery stick or other vegetable”, you may say to yourself. However, what typically happens… we dip and dip… and dip and dip… until we have dipped so much into the so-called vegetable dip that we have packed on extra pounds without realizing it, and may continue to do so unknowingly.
Yes, many researchers and health-oriented organizations know that VEGGIE DIPS can be a problem. A HUGE PROBLEM. This is one area where nutritionists are battling hard to maintain the fight between effective weight loss and sabotages that seem to cleverly sneak in.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has provided tips on healthy dips including seeking the healthiest store-bought option where at least the first ingredient of the dip is a healthy option, or making your own dip .
It can seem like a no-win situation… BELIEVE ME, I KNOW… the dip can make it easier to eat veggies! Having a dip available could encourage kids to eat veggies that would typically be bypassed or ignored, and this is backed up by a study where kids were asked to eat veggies with and without the presence of a vegetable dip . BUT beware of the DIP!
#3 – Vegetable Smoothies
Yes, it’s a smoothie craze out there! AND it’s backed up by research that green smoothies can help prevent chronic medical conditions . All kinds of smoothies and in all sorts of colours too!
With veggies, you usually get a lovely green smoothie that can seem just delightful to consume, and of course you also think that these veggies are good for you. WELL… YES… and NO. To make vegetable smoothies these days, we add some other things to the mix. Many times, the objective is to add other healthy foods like avocados that can help make these types of smoothies creamy and easier to consume. While these veggie smoothies can still provide nutrition that your body needs, there is the issue of calorie count and sugar!
Be careful when you consume vegetable smoothies. Simply because these smoothies are made WITH VEGETABLES… and other seemingly healthy components… this DOES NOT MEAN that you should throw caution to the wind and drink all the vegetable smoothies you can get your hands on. No… rather, remember the calorie and sugar issues that can be associated with these VEGGIE SMOOTHIES.
#4 – Vegetable Juice
Again, the belief that vegetables are healthy is not entirely wrong. However, it’s important to remember that over-consuming some veggies could be bad for you. Over time you may find yourself gaining weight and wonder what you are doing wrong.
Vegetable juice contains lots of nutrients from the veggies that ARE good for you. YES, no problem in this regard. HOWEVER, the downside of veggie juice is the AMOUNT of SUGAR contained in veggie juice. YES, there can be a significant amount of sugar and a high calorie count when consuming vegetable juice. You’ll note that sugar and fat reduction are a major part of weight loss programs .
Again, we are likely to make the mistake of thinking: “Oh, it’s just vegetable juice – what could be so wrong with that? It must be good for me. Hence, I should drink more of this stuff”. With this type of thinking, we consume more vegetable juice and in turn more sugar content and more calories in a day!
#5 – Coated Vegetables
Don’t you like the creative presentations of veggies you’ll find at fancy parties, casual gatherings, picnics or even with your home-made creations? Sometimes people find the natural veggie presentation so bland and so… blah!… definitely not something that will entice the kids (and some adults too). So, WHY NOT DRESS THE VEGGIES UP A BIT?
Well, indeed… why not? Hmmm… perhaps this “dressing up” is not quite the best idea out there. The “dressing up” of the veggies add on extra “stuff”, including more calories, extra processing that could destroy nutrients, and potentially an INCREASED tendency to want to OVER-EAT these processed vegetables.
Examples of these coated, and usually delicious, vegetables include veggies that are drenched in flour and other coatings and then fried for that crunchy appeal. Technically you are still eating a vegetable, but it has changed from its natural form in some way or has been processed in a way that makes it easier to consume. Hence, this introduces the opportunity to consume more of these veggies and in turn such veggies can make you fat!
SO, IF YOU THINK YOU ARE EATING VEGETABLES… and as a result you are “EATING HEALTHY”… oh dear… it may be time to RE-THINK this conclusion. How healthy is that portion of vegetables you are about to consume? Yes, this makes you want to stop and think about the different ways you have consumed vegetables recently. Beware of veggies that are making you fat!
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Rick Kaselj, MS