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Are You Really Taking The Healthy Option?

22/10/2010 15:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

Supermarket shelves are now brimming with products that claim to be the healthy option. But some of these foods are baddies in disguise and it may be worth knowing exactly what you're eating...

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Bad foods in disguise

Love it or hate it, one dollop also provides a dose of vitamins and minerals. But! Before you spread like a wild thing, yeast extract is very high in salt, and too much of this may lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes. Maybe the haters were right...

Bad foods in disguise

Tasty, full of fibre and a quick healthy meal. Right? Wrong! Baked beans are packed full of sugar, which causes a surge in blood sugar levels and, in the long run, can lead to problems with heart disease and the onset of type II diabetes - not so sweet after all.

Bad foods in disguise

The key here is to be selective as some of the biggest brands are packed full of sugar, salt and fat – a total body disaster if eaten regularly. So it's best to stick to wholegrain cereals – and never forget the most important meal of the day!

Bad foods in disguise

Who would have thought that a lean slice of beef, packed full of iron and vitamins, is also packed full of cholesterol? This is the substance that can build up inside the arteries and cause heart disease - definitely a reason not to beef around with your health!

Bad foods in disguise

If you always clashed with your mother over liver, it wasn't such a bad thing! Liver is high in vitamin A and too much over a prolonged period may lead to fragile bones in later life, and can also be harmful during pregnancy. Phone your mum and say told you so!

Bad foods in disguise

Don't be left with egg on your face – these little smashers are loaded with saturated fat, which can clog the arteries and lead to both heart disease and attacks. You don't need to banish them completely, but be sensible and boil and scramble rather than fry. Eggcellent!

Bad foods in disguise

We're told that peanuts can contribute to a healthy diet as they contain a variety of healthy fats and minerals. But they also contain high levels of Omega-6 fats, which can disrupt the delicate balance of the other good fats in your diet. It's enough to drive you nuts....

Bad foods in disguise

The perfect image of health – a fresh crisp salad, complemented by a fat-free dressing. But halt that fork – actually, this is a meal that is high in artificial flavours and sweeteners, and the lack of fat prevents vitamins and minerals in the salad vegetables from being absorbed.

Bad foods in disguise

On a hot summer's day it seems like a very British thing to reach for the squash, safe in the knowledge that it's sugar-free. Sweet! But beware as many of these squashes contain the dreaded E numbers, some of which can cause hyperactivity in children and problems for asthmatics.

Bad foods in disguise

Okay, these little sparklers contain hardly any calories or sugar but something has to give and, in this case, the sugar is replaced by artificial sweeteners which are known carcinogens (in other words, may contribute towards cancer). So literally do yourself a favour and reach for the sparkling water instead!

Bad foods in disguise

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