Eating as a ‘hobby’
Motivational talks often say that Asians see an opportunity in all crises. The quarantine we live in, for example, is a situation in which we can pick up forgotten hobbies and even have a brilliant idea to monetize. But, let’s face it, most of us are overconsuming social media and online series.
Another of the favorite pastimes of those of us who are being held at home is to take an excursion to the kitchen. We open refrigerators and pantries in search of some food that we can take to our mouths. Watch out for this practice! Moving from calories and uns nutritious foods at a time when we are more sedentary than normal can bring us problems.
If you want to know which foods you should run away from as from the devil, here are those that greatestly promote overweight and obesity. These foods, which epidemiologist Miguel Angel Martínez-González exposes in his book Health for sure (Planeta, 2018), are as attractive as they are dangerous.
The side dish and the appetizer par excellence. In fact, one of the main dangers of this food is that we eat them without realizing it: we open a bag out of boredom and, after eating the first one, we cannot stop. They are low in fiber and, therefore, it is very easy to pass on quantity because they do not make us feel full.
A 2011 study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health says chips are more about being overweight than pastries and biscuits. Potatoes have about 88 kilocalorías per 100 grams and do not have an interesting profile from a nutritional point of view. When fried, their energy value soars: they become 470 kilocalorías in the same amount.
Sugary soft drinks
These drinks, which are part of many people’s usual diet, are a health hazard. This is not an exaggeration: the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends not exceeding 25 grams of sugar daily and with these products it is easy to pass. A single can of cola soda contains approximately 35 grams.
From a nutritional point of view, soft drinks have no interest and facilitate weight gain. Abusing them is therefore related to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, according to an American Heart Association (AHA) study.
Juices with sugar
One of the big lies we live with every day is to think fruit juices are healthy. Fiber is what makes the sugar naturally present in the fruit not harmful: it prevents it from entering the bloodstream quickly and producing glucose spikes. If we remove that fiber to make a juice, sugar is considered free and therefore bad for health.
If, in addition, the juice we have purchased contains more added sugar, it becomes as unhealthy as the soft drinks mentioned above. One trick to identify the worst juices is to look at the labeling: if it is called juice, it has no added sugar; if it’s called nectar, yes. It is best to always take the whole fruit.
Surprisingly, burgers, hot dogs or kebabs are less associated with obesity than the rest of the above products. Fast food consists of the worst groups of health foods: carbohydrates from refined cereals, red and processed meats, sugary sauces and greasy…
In addition, junk food menus are often accompanied by chips and soft drinks, increasing your health hazard. Eating one of these usually accounts for more than half of the kilocalorías needed in a day. However, through them we will not meet the really important demands for the body of vitamins and minerals.