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You've proudly switched your morning bacon, egg and cheese biscuit to a slice of whole-grain toast with avocado and hummus, and your vanilla latte has become a big glass of fresh-squeezed juice. You feel more energetic, but you're not losing the weight you thought would fall right off. What's up with that?
Even though our bodies benefit from the added nutrients, overdoing seemingly "guilt-free" foods can do our bodies more harm than good. Here are five health foods to keep in check.
This component of the Mediterranean diet has been celebrated for its heart-healthy properties. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which, according to the Mayo Clinic, could lower your cholesterol as well as your risk of heart disease.
Although olive oil is considered a "good" fat, it could quickly increase the calories in an otherwise healthy dinner. "Instead of pouring the oil into the pan by sight - which could add several hundred calories to what's cooking - use your measuring spoons per portion," says nutrition and wellness coach Lara S. Sutton.