10 bad foods that get a healthy rap

first_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle 10 bad foods that get a healthy rap by: – September 26, 2014 Sharing is caring! Protein barsThey sound healthy, they look healthy and food companies work hard to make you believe they are healthy. But many foods that get a good-for-you rap are anything but nutritious. They’re packed with calories, fat, added sugars and artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need. Here are some of the worst offenders at the market.“Just because a bar has protein in it does not mean it’s nutritious,” says Melanie Warner, author of Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal. In fact, many protein bars aren’t much better for you than a Snickers. They’re chock-full of sugar and saturated fat with a little protein added in, usually in the form of a highly processed powder derived from soy or milk.“These powders offer no nutritional benefits beyond the protein, which most of us get enough of from our diets anyway,” says Warner. To find a bar that’s actually healthy, “Look for ones that have whole ingredients that haven’t been broken down, whether that’s oats, nuts or dried fruit,” Warner suggests. “These ingredients provide a well-rounded complex of nutrition beyond just the protein.”Or skip the protein bar altogether. “A peanut-butter sandwich on whole-grain bread is a great substitute for a bar,” says Joan Salge Blake, RD, a health sciences professor at Boston University and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It travels well and costs less than 25 cents.”Veggie burgers“Some veggie burgers are very, very healthy, but many are not,” Salge Blake says. “Often times they’re held together by lots of cheese, making them much higher in saturated fat than you’d think.” They also can be laden with unhealthy oils, made mostly of soy, and have few if any other real vegetables—especially the patties served at restaurants.When dining out, ask your server what’s in the veggie burger and how it is prepared before ordering one. At the grocery store, read the ingredients panel on frozen patty packages. Salge Blake says to look for vegetables, beans or whole grains high up on the list and make sure the burger is low in saturated fat.Frozen diet entréesLow-calorie nuke-and-eat meals might sound healthy, but they’re not so great, especially for guys. They usually have around 300 calories, which isn’t enough to cut it for dinner, assuming you shoot for the 2,500 calories a day recommended for men.Chances are, you’ll polish one off and still feel hungry. Next thing you know, you’ll be searching for a snack. Additionally, Salge Blake says these entrées don’t offer enough vegetables to make a square meal and they’re usually sky-high in sodium. Some have as many as 700 mg, which is almost half of the 1,500 mg recommended for the whole day.Gluten-free everythingAlthough some people need to avoid gluten for medical reasons, many others cut out foods containing this protein because they think “gluten-free” means healthy. It doesn’t.“Usually when people go gluten-free just to manage their weight, it backfires,” Salge Blake says. “Many gluten-free foods, especially sweet stuff like cookies, have the same number of calories as their gluten-containing equivalents, if not more. These foods are also more expensive, so if you don’t really need to avoid gluten, it doesn’t make sense to buy them.”Veggie chipsDon’t be fooled by the sea of spinach chips, carrot chips and pepper chips lining the snack aisle these days. Oftentimes these are no healthier for you than Ruffles. Most still use potato as their base, and then sprinkle in a little spinach, tomato or pea powder for color—and not a lot of added nutrition.“The product might be called ‘spinach chips’, but if you look at the ingredients list, you’ll often see that there’s not much spinach in there at all,” says Salge Blake. “It’s usually listed at the very end, and it’s often just a powder.” Also, regardless of whether chips are made from potatoes or another vegetable, if they’re fried in saturated-fat-filled oils, steer clear.Multigrain bread, pasta and cerealWhole grains are healthier than refined grains because they have more fiber, vitamins and minerals. But multigrain? The term doesn’t tell you squat about nutrition. “It just means there is more than one type of grain used in a product,” says Warner.For all you know, multigrain might mean refined wheat flour with a dash of refined corn flour. And two kinds of refined flours aren’t necessarily better for you than one. You have to check the ingredients list. If it says “whole wheat” or “whole corn” near the top, then you’re actually getting the extra health benefits.Anything with added antioxidants or vitaminsSince doctors tell us to load up on antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, manufacturers love slapping phrases like “with antioxidants” or “with added vitamins and minerals” onto processed food labels. You’ll see this a lot on breakfast cereals, bars and refined-grain breads, which are otherwise mostly empty calories. “These claims give foods a health halo, like all you need to do is sprinkle in some vitamins and they become healthy,” Warner says.Oftentimes these foods are far from nutritious—remember 7-Up with Antioxidants?—and the added vitamins aren’t coming from real fruits and veggies, which are by far the best sources. “Manufacturers don’t usually add in actual blueberry compounds, for instance,” says Warner. “They’ll use synthetic vitamins made through chemical processing.”Fat-free salad dressingNon-fat dressings often pack in scads of salt to compensate for flavor, and they often include dozens of artificial ingredients. Besides, you should have a little fat with your salad. Your body needs it to be able to absorb the nutrients in all those fresh veggies. “Tossed salads are full of fat-soluble vitamins, so I recommend low-fat or light dressings instead of non-fat,” Salge Blake says. “Plus, a little fat helps you feel fuller.”Low-fat ice creamNo ice cream is nutritious, of course, but low-fat versions get viewed as better-for-you. They’re not. “A lot of them aren’t far off from regular ice cream in terms of calories per cup,” Salge Blake says. “They take out some fat, but they add in sugar.” That’s bad, because more and more research shows that excess sugar—not fat—is the main culprit in weight gain.“The other issue with low-fat ice cream is people think they can eat more of it because it’s ‘healthier’,” Salge Blake says. “Same with frozen yogurt, since it’s also lower in fat.” To keep your portions in check, she recommends putting a pile of fresh strawberries or blueberries in your bowl first. Then use a half-cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt as a topping.YogurtGreek yogurt may be low in sugar and packed with protein, but your everyday Dannon or Yoplait? Not so much. “The sugar content of regular yogurt can be as much as a can of soda,” Warner says. Plus, it’s normally packed with artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. And compared to Greek, regular yogurt is higher in sodium and lower in protein.Healthy Living Sharecenter_img 211 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Beck back at Ballybrit

first_imgBeckwith Star will bid to claim the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle for the second year running at Galway on Monday. Eric The Grey was second to Beckwith Star 12 months ago and, rated just 2lb higher now, a big run looks likely. Dermot Weld is represented by handicap debutant Defining Year, who had his last run over timber in January 2014. He has some decent form on the level from this season and with Davy Russell now aboard, he is sure to have plenty of supporters. Gordon Elliott is represented by The Scourge (Paul Carberry) and Utmost Zeal (Jack Kennedy), and both look to have solid claims. Others to consider in this ultra-competitive contest are King Of Oriel, Theturnofthesun, Baby Jake and Rocky Court. Press Associationcenter_img The Henry de Bromhead-trained 10-year-old is rated 9lb higher than last year but Adam O’Neill takes a valuable 5lb off his back. He won over fences on his last start at Wexford and he should again give a good account of himself. last_img read more

Our ultimate goal is to have kabaddi included in Olympics: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that kabaddi has huge potential not just in India and Asia, but globally and the ultimate aim of the country is to have the sport included in the Olympics.“Kabaddi has already been included in the Asian Games and now, not just India, but all Asian countries must come together to ensure that the sport in included in the Olympics as well. That is our ultimate goal,” Rijiju said.He added, “And to achieve that goal we must improve the standard of the game in India and also ensure that we propagate it across geographical locations in India and the rest of the world.”He was addressing over 700 kabaddi coaches from all over India and from other countries, including Korea and Malayasia at the Online Coaches Knowledge Enhancement session organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 20 sporting disciplines.Speaking about the importance of the online workshops, Rijiju said, “I am sure we will win this battle against COVID-19. We would soon be able to go back to the ground to train and play, but till that happens, we will take advantage of the technology available to us. It is very important to keep ourselves updated about national and global practices and rules of a sport.”“Rules and regulations keep changing and those who do not update themselves will be left behind. We often lose out to teams from the western world because they far ahead in terms of their knowledge of rules. But with these sessions I am sure we will not be left behind,” he added.Applauding the success of the online workshops for coaches that SAI has been organising in association with National Sporting Federations, the Sports Minister said, “Everyday about 8000 coaches from 20 sporting disciplines are participating in these daily workshops and upgrading their knowledge about their sport.”“In the present times this is the largest exercise in the sporting world. I am very happy and proud that this could be achieved. This has been possible owing to the support from the federations because officials of SAI, Sports Ministry, NSFs and other stakeholders have a robust working relationship and the success of these workshops can be attributed to that co-operation.“The co-operation between all stakeholders is the only way to truly improve the sports ecosystem in the country and to take Indian sport forward,” he added. IANSAlso Read: India wants to improve presence on world stage: Kiren RijijuAlso Watch: SEBA will declare Results of HSLC-High Madrasa within 30 days from repeal of lockdownlast_img read more

Smalta Girls U-11 tournament postponed

first_imgUNDER-11 action in the Smalta Girls’ football tournament has been postponed until next week according to a release from the organisers yesterday.The sixteen-team tournament which was expected to begin today had to be postponed on account of the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) hosting of the FIFA Women’s Day activities.According to the release, the tournament will now take place on Saturday November 25 2017.Launched earlier this week, the tournament is being held in partnership with the ministries of Education and Public Health. The theme of the event is: Educating young girls against the Human Papilloma Virus.last_img

ACC Students and Residents of Alpena Attend Manufacturing Boot Camp

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisACC gave some students and residents an opportunity to get their work skills up by hosting a week of manufacturing boot camp.Here’s a look into all of that action.When it comes to spring break, people normally think that means rest, relax or even go on vacation. But for some students at Alpena Community College and residents of the area spring break means boot camp.Earlier this week ACC hosted a manufacturing boot camp to help students and residents who were unemployed or under employed with skills to take to future employers.“There’s a significant skills lack of qualified skilled employees in the world of manufacturing. So this is kind of our opportunity to get some folks in here who are either unemployed or under employed or looking to potentially change jobs and they can see what this would mean for them in a career,” TAACCCT Grant Director, Dawn Stone said.The boot camp allowed attendees to work in all types of manufacturing fields including welding, machining, and product design. The boot campers also went on tours to different plants in the area.“From what I’ve seen, not very people know this, but Alpena is actually a major manufacturing city. There are a lot of companies that do some major manufacturing here and we actually got to tour those facilities,” ACC Student, Boot Camp Attendee, Ruben Maldonado said.Companies work hand and hand with ACC to help students earn their degrees. There were four instructors at this week’s boot camp to walk each attendee through their training.“I think this is an excellent way to get into the manufacturing industry. They’ve really expanded everything I know about the manufacturing industry. How many jobs are available, and really gave me the basic skills to kind of get started moving into that industry, because it’s something that has interested me for a long time, I just didn’t know where to get started at,” Unemployed Boot Camp Attendee, Phoenix Hogg said.There were 13 attendees at this week’s boot camp. The free hands on program will have another boot camp some time this summer.In Alpena for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, Manufacturing Boot CampContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Fire Chief Speaks To Senate In LansingNext United Way of Northeast Michigan Currently Accepting Applications for Mini Grants.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Corey Seager breaks up Matt Moore’s no-hit bid

first_imgCatcher A.J. Ellis, the longest-tenured player in franchise history and a well-regarded leader in the clubhouse, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies early in the day. For some players, the first thing they saw upon walking in was a teary-eyed 35-year-old teammate saying his goodbyes.As well as Moore pitched — he walked three, struck out seven and threw a career-high 133 pitches — it’s hard to believe the emotional fallout from the trade didn’t factor into the Dodgers’ sullen offense.“They’re human. They have relationships. It affects you,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game. “There’s a point where you have to be a professional and go out there and win a game.“There’s no excuse to affect your performance.”For their part, the Dodger players were slow to offer excuses. They tipped their caps to Moore and moved on, as the old saying goes. “He got me out twice on cutters that he didn’t throw before,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “He actually hadn’t thrown a cutter to a lefty all year, and we knew that he was working on it. For us, it’s the way we like it. We won the series. We just lost today. Whether we got a hit in the first or the ninth it doesn’t matter; we got a hit.”At least Seager acknowledged the residual emotions could have been a factor.“That’s one of things you don’t really know,” he said. “It’s one of those things that you have to move on and keep playing.”The last time the Dodgers were no-hit came on Aug. 30 of last season, when Jake Arrieta threw the first no-hitter of his career en route to a National League Cy Young Award. Mike Fiers had no-hit the Dodgers in Houston a mere nine days before.At the time, the Dodgers were in a deep offensive funk. This time was different.The Dodgers were averaging 5.57 runs per game since the All-Star break, the highest rate in baseball. Moore was hardly pitching his best of the season, with a 4.18 ERA in 25 starts — 4.70 in four starts since he was traded by the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 1.The main difference Thursday, it seemed, was that A.J. Ellis wasn’t a Dodger for the first time this decade.Dodgers starter Ross Stripling (3-5) pitched around a leadoff double in the second inning before the Giants broke through in the fourth. Brandon Crawford led off with a single and scored on a single by Brandon Belt. The next batter, Joe Panik, crushed a hanging breaking ball over the right field fence for a two-run home run.San Francisco still led 3-0 when Grant Dayton relieved Stripling in the sixth inning. After a walk and an error — Turner unwisely tried to barehand a ground ball at third base — Denard Span drove in the Giants’ fourth run with an RBI single. That was more than enough for San Francisco to avoid a three-game sweep.Giants manager Bruce Bochy, having seen his team lose its grip on the National League West, then lose the first two games of the series, said “we had to win today.” Maybe a no-hitter would have been a mere bonus.Likewise, for the Dodgers, the stain of being no-hit could only be the second-most demoralizing thing to emerge from Chavez Ravine on Thursday. LOS ANGELES >> Baseball superstition holds that you don’t mention a no-hitter in progress, at least if you want it to continue.The home dugout at Dodger Stadium might well have been a very loud place Thursday night. Until Corey Seager singled with two outs in the ninth inning, it could do nothing to coax a hit against Matt Moore in a game the San Francisco Giants won 4-0.Only then did the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium join the rancor, its decibel level rising to the occasion of history being avoided. Santiago Casilla relieved Moore and got Justin Turner to pop out on the next pitch, ending the game.All of it served to contrast with an eerie quiet in the Dodgers’ clubhouse Thursday afternoon.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more