London: Those who are conscious about eating healthy know that eating more fresh fruits and vegetables help you lose weight, but mindlessly munching on every fruit or vegetable could have adverse effects and make you gain weight instead.
Using vegetables to help lose weight is a smart idea they are low in kilojoules/calories, contain vitamins and minerals, and fill you up with their fiber and water. They have what nutritionists call a low kilojoule density. In other words, there’s a lot to eat on your plate but they have fewer kilojoules in each bite.
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Here we list five such items you should cautiously consume:
Potatoes are high in starch and carbohydrates and might be the most problematic for weight-watchers, says nutritionist Elouise Bauskis on BT.com. Though high in potassium and vitamin C, a medium-sized potato has around 110 calories, according to potatogoodness.com. When fried, like french fries, they are even worse and if you add mayonnaise, you are basically stuffing yourself with calories since 100 grams of mayo contains around 600 calories!
If taken in moderation, bananas are good for you because they contain potassium, essential vitamins, and dietary fiber. However, one medium-sized banana contains 105 calories and 27 grams of carbohydrates, according to Healthline.
The health benefits of avocados are numerous, but these fruits are high in monounsaturated fats, according to eHow. Though these are ‘good fats’ that help reduce cholesterol, they are facts nonetheless. A medium-sized avocado contains 276 calories and 27.6 grams of fat.
Dates are rich in iron and dietary fiber, but eating a lot of them will lead to weight gain as 70 percent of their weight comes from sugar, reports sfgate.com. CalorieKing suggests that there are 66 calories in a single date, so avoid eating a bunch of them if you’re trying to lose weight.
Every Pakistani loves mangoes, but those wanting to lose weight should cut down on the delicious fruit. Mangoes, like all fruits, are rich in nutrients. They contain fiber, vitamin C, and important minerals, but they also contain sugars and carbohydrates. There are about 135 calories, 31 grams of sugar, and 35 grams of carbohydrates in one mango, according to New Health Guide.
Though packed with nutrients, these fruits are high in carbs and fats and should be taken in moderation or avoided by those trying to shed pounds.