Eight Foods You Think Are Healthy - Which Definitely Are Not
by Anna Victoria
Are you a victim of the health halo?
The term isn't as scary as it seems, but it may be the reason your diet isn't getting you the results you want. "Health halo" refers to the perception that a food is low in calories, fat or sugar because of its reputation.
Something being low in fat or calories doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. I've compiled eight great examples for you here. Enjoy!
Granola Mix and Granola Bars
Oatmeal, fruit and nuts are all healthy for you, so why wouldn't they be just as healthy combined into a snack? The problem isn't the ingredients, but the added sugar that ends up packing 500 or more calories in a single cup or bar!
So, you just powered through a workout. Time to grab a Vitamin Water or bottle of Gatorade? No! Many of these drinks are marketed as healthy, but in reality they contain just as many calories and grams of sugar as a bottle of Coca-Cola… sometimes even more!
Who doesn't love a good smoothie? They taste amazing and are a great way to get fruits and protein on the go. The problem? Store-bought smoothies – either from mixes or your local juice spot – are often overloaded with sugar in order to make them taste good to the masses. These drinks can set you back hundreds of calories.
Much like granola, the chief ingredients of trail mix – like nuts and raisins – aren't bad for you. However, the store-bought trail mix often has a ton of chocolate mixed in, along with yogurt-covered dried fruit, crackers and other ingredients that amp up the calorie and sugar factor big time.
Most Protein Bars
To be honest, most protein bars aren't any better for you than eating a Snickers or a Butterfinger bar post-workout. Sure, they contain protein, but also contain a bunch of sugar and fat. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration even warned the makers of KIND nutrition bars to stop marketing them as "health foods" because of the calorie and sugar content.
There was a time in the early 1990s when food manufacturers started producing fat-free foods because consumers thought fat in food = fat on the body. However, fat is not bad for you! It's vital for you to consume fat as a part of your diet, and no-fat foods are often infused with chemicals to replace the taste lost by extracting fat.
This has nothing to do with gluten, but everything to do with what whole wheat bread is usually made from. Most so-called whole wheat isn't made with whole grains, but with enriched white flour that digests rapidly in your body, prompting a big blood sugar spike and crash.
Yogurt is fantastic for your digestive system – and it tastes pretty great too. However, store-bought versions of your favorite snack are often – you guessed it – filled with unnecessary sugar.
To avoid these, and other unhealthy foods in disguise, read the labels! Look for foods that have less than 15g of sugar per 100g serving and try to minimize the amount of ingredients on any given label. Less ingredients = more natural and healthier for you! :)
Comment below with which of these items surprised you the most!
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