Vegetables are essential elements for a healthy diet, but not all vegetables are healthy when consumed in their modern avatars and many are just purported to be vegetables. When eaten in their natural form or cooked at home, vegetables are great, but unfortunately many people do not always consume vegetables in this manner. Here are some supposed vegetables and vegetable transformations that you should stay away from.
Veggie chips: You skip potato chips because of the starch and the lack of nutrition. But veggie chips are no better, especially if they are store bought. If you read the label on the packet of veggies chips, the first ingredient is potatoes and corn, which are no better than regular chips. Moreover, corn is not a vegetable, it is a grain. You would be better off making your own veggie chips rather than buying veggie chips from the store.
Vegetable dips: Spinach dip or sundried tomato dip might sound healthy, but don’t be fooled into thinking that spinach is the main ingredient in spinach dip. Yes, it does contain healthy spinach, but it is also chock-full of heavy cream, mayo and cream cheese, and quite often topped with breadcrumbs or croutons.
Canned vegetable soup: It is easy to think that food manufacturers are doing you a favor by preparing a delicious, hearty and frequently low-calorie vegetable soup, but the reality is there are a multitude of unhealthy products hidden in that can. High sodium content aside, many of these soups also contains honey, sugar and other natural or artificial sweeteners that can amount to as much as 15g of sugar per half-cup serving.
Your best bet for a healthy diet is to eat your vegetables as they are, by trying to retain as much of their original color and nutrition as possible.
Cook them lightly, stir-fry or pan cook and learn to love the natural taste and flavor of fresh vegetables. Once you love these subtle flavors, you can enjoy then without trying to mask their taste in any way.