Practicing mindful eating is vital to maintain a healthy diet, especially if you've been trying very hard to shed those extra kilos (or simply because you want to be healthy). Often, this begins with people trying to find healthier alternatives to food that is harmful. In most cases, however, the replacements do not even land up being anywhere close to healthy. In fact, some of these so-called "healthy" food items silently sabotage your efforts.

To help you separate fact from fiction, we have compiled a list of five healthy eating rules you could ignore completely. To know what they are, scroll down:

Sea salt is a healthier version of salt
The everyday table salt comes from a mine, while sea salt comes from evaporated seawater. Both contain about 2,300 milligrams of sodium per teaspoon. Here's the catch – traditional table salt is regularly fortified with iodine, which plays an important role in regulating the hormones in your body. Sea salt, on the other hand, gives you virtually zero iodine.
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Dried fruit is the best snack
Drying makes fruit lose up to 80% of its vitamins and antioxidants. Also, there are chances of manufacturers adding syrup to sweeten them further. This means, you should probably have fresh fruit instead.

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A carton of apple juice is a healthy substitute for coke
One has always believed that a carton of apple juice is a healthy substitute for a can of soft drink. In reality, a carton of apple juice contains more calories.

To stay healthy, strike both off your diet. Go for water instead.
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Popcorn is unhealthy
Popcorn that has been prepared in hot air is actually healthy food. A cup of popcorn contains twice as many antioxidants as any fruit or vegetable. Moreover, it contains fiber that is good for your health. This does not, however, mean that you should eat a bucketload.
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Healthy oils make better food
People on a healthy diet often use linseed oil, coconut oil, pumpkin oil, etc for cooking, without even thinking.

What one needs to consider is the fact that some of these “healthy” oils can become downright poisonous on heating. This is due to the large amounts of unsaturated acids present. For instance, linseed oil.
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Artificial sweeteners as a substitute for sugar
Sugar consumption, as most of us would already know, is a complete no-no for those that wish to lose weight or for those that have high blood-sugar. However, this does not mean that you should opt for artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose. These can cause dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, weight gain and hard-to-control food cravings.

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