8 Food Traps To Avoid.


When my clients come to see me for the first time they often think their diet is not “too bad”. Which happens to be true sometimes. In the vast majority, their diet is not that good…

And I don’t blame them! I totally get where they’re coming from:

  • I worked for many years in the advertising industry helping big food companies to promote their products. I know all the tricks they use and how good they are in marketing products as healthy when they are not…
  • With so many fads, nutrition books, blogs and so-called experts out there with conflicting opinions, it is impossible not to be confused. 
  • For those who go further and do their own research, even science seems not to be rock-solid when it comes to nutrition. One of my nutrition mentors told me one day: “nutrition science today can be compared to what surgery was in the 17th century”… Scary!

So today I wanted to share with you 8 food traps to avoid or at least to be aware of… I hope you’ll find them useful.



They are pure products of the food industry. Highly processed, these oils (often simply called ‘vegetable oil’) promote inflammation, one of the causes of most diet-related diseases. Restaurants -even the good ones- often use these oils as they are cheap and can be re-used many times… The other day I was walking by my favourite Japanese restaurant and their supplier was delivering their cooking oils. I could not help but look at the label: ‘edible vegetable oil’. Needless to say that I will NEVER go back to this restaurant.

Solution: Even small daily doses of bad oils can severely damage your health and be the cause of these stubborn kilos! It is crucial to invest in the oils you eat. Go for organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, organic macadamia oil, organic coconut oil. Organic butter, ghee and duck fat are the healthiest animal fats. More on butter – central to the French traditional diet and cuisine- in one of my previous articles HERE. When you’re out, in particular if you are going to eat fried food, kindly ask what oil the chef uses… If they can’t tell you… RUN!


When a label says ‘Low Fat’ or ‘Light’ or ‘No Fat’, it’s not a good sign at all! It clearly means that this product is highly processed and most of the time very nutrient-poor. For instance low fat dairy is pure non-sense. To make sure the product still tastes good, sugar is often added – sugar is in addition to refined oils (see trap #1) and exposure to chemicals (from food, air and water) the other main cause of inflammation.

Solution: ALWAYS go for full-cream, full-fat options. Remember: (good!) fat is critical to good health and… you need (good!) fat to lose fat. 

The only crackers I eat!

The only crackers I eat!


Well, you know my take on gluten. If not, go back to the last 2 weeks’ articles. Gluten-free ready-made products is a big no-no as they are loaded with nasties. 

Solution: don’t buy any processed gluten-free products. Choose products naturally with no gluten if you decide to avoid gluten: gluten-free Mary’s Gone Crackers is a good example; they are only made with real foods: wholemeal gluten-free grains and seeds. Choose the ones with herbs or pepper for extra flavour.


Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying kale is not healthy. I’m just saying that you don’t have to feel pressured to binge on kale if, like me, you loathe kale! First of all, there are many other green vegetables much more nutrient-rich. Check this previous blog, if you don’t believe me! Also, kale is one of the vegetables the most exposed to pesticides, greatly increasing your toxic load if you eat a lot of kale!

Solution: always buy organic! If you don’t like kale, choose other super greens here, they are better than kale.


Well, what does low sugar really mean? Not much as what the food industry calls ‘low sugar’ or ‘reduced in sugar’ is unfortunately always much higher than the recommended amount of sugar. In addition corn syrup, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, agave are also pure sugar even if they aren’t labelled as sugar… which makes most of these products still super high in sugar.

Solution: if you want your diet to be healthy, choose products that contain no more than 15g per 100g (you can find this information on all labels, it’s compulsory). If you want to lose weight, you need to look at products that have less than 5g, even better less than 3g. 


Once again, RUN! They are real sugar bombs – including your morning orange juice. There are NO exceptions. 

Solution: consider fruit juices as TREATS and serious THREATS to your health and waistline. 

nosushiTRAP #7: SUSHI

“Sushi are so healthy, I have sushi several times a week”, one of my new clients told me recently. First of all the fish in sushi is usually farmed – in particular salmon (full of antibiotics, hormones and colourants) or high in heavy metals – in particular tuna, which increases your toxic load. Secondly sushi are sugar bombs: white rice is to be avoided at all cost if you don’t want to experience any afternoon energy crash and maintain a healthy weight.

Solution: instead of sushi, go for sashimi and instead of several times a week, go for once a month (every fortnight max).


Not healthy! The ‘croutons’ are often deep-fried in highly refined oils and the sauce is highly processed, loaded with sugar and nasty oils, making this supposedly balanced salad one of the worst food traps!

Solution: given up on the Caesar salad (unless you make it yourself) and always prefer a green salad with a healthy delicious dressing (a few delicious recipes here).

One last advice: the best strategy to avoid food traps is to go back as often as you can to the time-tested best approach to food: eat REAL FOOD! And it’s easy as with my motto ‘Real Food + Pleasure = Health’! Email me here if you want to know more: yves@nutritionbyyves.com.au

Your turn now! What trap do you fall into sometimes? Do you have any other food trap you would like to share with us? Please put your comment in the ‘reply’ box below.

Have a great week.


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