Of these five food crimes, how many are you guilty of? By Sasha Gonzales
Most natural, unprocessed foods are highly nutritious, read: popcorn, yogurt, olive oil, black coffee and meat marinades. But when you prepare foods wrongly or add unwholesome ingredients to them, you unwittingly make them unhealthy. Which of these food crimes are you guilty of? And how are you make it right?
Pop whole grain kernels and top with olive oil or herbs for a wholesome popcorn treat. (Photo: Unsplash / www.pixabay.com)
Food Crime #1: Adding high-calorie ingredients to popcorn
Served plain or prepared with the right ingredients, popcorn is a nutritious and tasty snack. It is low in calories, high in fibre, rich in vitamins, minerals as well as antioxidants, and provides a satisfying crunch.
Add butter-flavoured oils, high amounts of salt or sugary caramel, powdered cheese, and a host of other unhealthy ingredients, and you change the nutritional profile of this whole grain, says Pooja Vig, nutritionist and co-founder of The Nutrition Clinic.
Popcorn is easy to overeat, too. Typically a movie or TV snack, we tend to consume it mindlessly, and before we know it, we’ve had far more than we should have. Plain, air-popped popcorn is the best, but limit yourself to a few handfuls as this snack is also packed with carbohydrates (about 19g per 25g serving or three cups’ worth).
For flavour, choose low-calorie seasonings and toppings like a good olive oil, dried herbs like thyme, sesame seeds, citrus zest, garlic powder and freshly grated parmesan cheese or lemon pepper. It is also advisable to avoid the microwaveable varieties and pop whole grain kernels instead. Some contain additives as well as preservatives.