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Say Adieu to Junk food

Say Adieu to Junk food

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You do not need an expert to tell you that junk food is unhealthy, and you should avoid it not only during pregnancy, but also at other times.

Monday, September 4th, 2017

What you need to know is that it’s not only aerated drinks, doughnuts, desserts that are obvious culprits, but foods seemingly healthy may also deserve the label.

What are Junk Foods?

Junk foods are unhealthy foods that have little or no proteins, vitamins or minerals but are high in salt. These foods are also high in sugars and fats and therefore are calorie-dense.

Silky chocolate, thirst-quenching aerated drinks, crispy and lip-smacking potato chips, ice creams, French fries all go into the basket of junk foods. Grabbing onto some of the street foods like idly, vada, dosa from the nearby stall; fast foods, such as noodles, burgers; and instant foods, such as instant noodles, soup powders need a rethinking.

Why Such a Fuss about Junk Foods?

  • Street foods prepared at stalls or restaurants may not be prepared hygienically. Furthermore, they may provide energy and protein; however, street foods have been found to be low in calcium and certain B complex vitamins.
  • Fast foods again have high risk of microbial contamination due to improper handling and storage. These are also typically loaded with calories from fats.
  • Instant foods undergo special processing so that they can be quickly cooked and served. Additives used in instant foods are also a concern, especially during pregnancy. Examples of additives include monosodium glutamate, artificial colours and added flavours.

Homemade traditional foods are best choice during pregnancy and if choosing packaged foods, do read labels to know the nutrient content, shelf-life and additives.

Additives used in instant foods are also a concern, especially during pregnancy. Examples of additives include monosodium glutamate, artificial colours and added flavours.

  • Eating at fast food outlet more than twice in a week has been shown to result in weight gain and increases the risk of diabetes among otherwise normal adults.

Being pregnant, you surely need extra calories, but it does matter from where these calories come from. Hence, choose foods that are high in proteins, minerals and vitamins, low in fat and sugar and say adieu to junk foods.

Be wise! Eat healthy! Stay Healthy and keep your baby healthy!

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