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Your kitchen shelves and refrigerator must be packed with things you like to gorge on. Some of these may be good for your health, and some of them may be doing more harm than good. You may have low-calorie foods, diet sodas, brown bread, veggies and fruits, and what not stacked in! But it in order to have a healthy life, it is important to remove unhealthy kitchen ingredients from your cooking space!
“In order to make your kitchen healthy and filled with essential nutrients you need to take some steps ahead to remove some unhealthy kitchen ingredients as they can do more harm than good to you and your family,” shared Vidhi Chawla, a dietitian and the owner of Fisico Diet Clinic, with HealthShots.
Nowadays, people are becoming more aware of the harmful effects of refined flour aka maida. So the next best alternative they find is what has become very famous, ‘The Brown Bread’. Anything that has a tagline of organic or brown tends to be perceived generally as healthy. But that may not actually be the case. “While the brown bread is supposed to be made of wheat, the packets you commonly find are just white bread with brown synthetic colouring. So instead of risking this, pay particular attention to the composition of ingredients on the cover and their proportion in the edible. This will be insightful to you to be more healthy,” said Chawla.
While canned tuna might be a delicacy to your taste buds, your body for sure doesn’t agree with it. Similarly, vegetables which are canned are highly toxic for your body. Sure, it may make life easier but it is very harmful to the body because of the preservatives used to store the fish/vegetables. So take some time out and opt for fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.
Yoghurt is usually beneficial for weight loss, when it is made at home. But “when it is processed and added with artificial flavours, it is just filled with chemicals and sweeteners to appeal to your taste and visual senses,” said Chawla.
Be it your chocolate spreads or the salty sandwich spreads, they should not be in the kitchen at all. We all know how the jar becomes half-empty within two days of purchasing it. Plus, it isn’t healthy at all, with all the sweeteners and the amount of palm oil in them. So try making spreads from scratch at home and sideline the processed sides to go with your breads.
You might blindly believe that the granola bars and the nutrition bars that you casually put in your shopping cart are healthy as they seem to read on their covers. Well, “they are loaded with sugars and artificial sweeteners, as well,” said Chawla. You might as well go for the chocolates and candies that you are substituting the nutrient bars with. A good practice would be to make our own granola bars at home using natural and unprocessed ingredients, which can make for healthy and scrumptious snacks too!