7. Vitamin Water
Vitamin water was, and is, a huge hit in the drink industry. Yummy, flavored drinks with vitamins? They must be healthy!
However, when Coca Cola was sued for making unfounded health claims about their Vitamin water product, their lawyers had an unbelievable defense. They asserted that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage” (28). Apparently their definition of “vitamin” isn’t the same as the rest of the world…
This is where label-reading comes in. Even though a product is labeled with healthy-sounding words or phrases, nutritional content doesn’t lie (29). Vitaminwater and products like it are usually sugar water with a dash of synthetic vitamins and a lot of artificial flavoring. In fact, one bottle of vitamin water has almost as much carbohydrates as a bottle of soda (30 ).
Coca Cola and other companies count on consumers to not read the nutritional labels. If they did, then their claim about no consumer being reasonably “misled” would hold true across the board. Stick to water, tea, and reach for a piece of fruit if you get a sweet craving.
8. White Bread and Pasta
As mentioned earlier, the ingestion of carbohydrates raises blood glucose levels (31). Fiber helps to prevent blood sugar from spiking and reduces the insulin response. For diabetics – especially type 2 diabetics – this is very important (32).
Most white breads and pastas have processed out most of the fiber and nutrients from the grain (33). This removes the majority of the bread’s nutritional value and increases the glycemic index (34). Try replacing your white bread and pastas with “100 percent whole grain” or “100 percent whole wheat” versions. Additionally, try to limit your starchy carb intake (like breads and pastas) to 25 percent or less of your daily calories (35).