The internet is a glorious thing, but it is also full of misinformation, particularly relating to health. When new wellness trends pop up almost daily, embarking on a healthy diet is made only the more difficult. To debunk some of the online dietary myths, I asked a couple of nutrition experts which "healthy" foods can actually be bad for you. And the results were eye-opening.
"I would be keen to highlight that it’s not helpful to label food as healthy or bad," says Aisling Piggott, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association. But some foods, like the ones mentioned below, "are perceived as being more wholesome, but may not necessarily be," she adds.
This can include everything from gluten-free and vegan labels to protein-filled products and even your favourite hot weather beverage. As the experts point out, the following foods aren't always unhealthy. But the rising number of companies looking to profit off wellness lifestyles means you need to be extra vigilant when looking for high-quality choices.
I suppose the biggest piece of advice is: take marketing claims with a pinch of salt. Oh, and consider making things at home versus opting for store-bought items.
Here's five foods and drinks to dig deeper into before consuming in the future.