Let’s be honest. Not every ‘healthy’ food is good for you. Sure, they’re based on natural ingredients and they get marketed as healthy options. Plus, almost everyone you know says they’re healthy. But the dirty truth is that a lot of the food we think of as healthy isn’t.
Seeing labels that say things like ‘organic,’ ‘all-natural,’ and ‘gluten-free’ doesn’t make them healthy. And while the label maybe technically true, you really need to check out the ingredient list and the nutrition facts label to really know if it’s good for you or not.
To help solve some of the mystery, here’s seven foods that sound healthy but really aren’t.
Flavored/Enhanced Water – While they are better than soda, most flavored or enhanced waters carry a lot of sugar to give it that flavor that you love so much. Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s School of Medicine said water shouldn’t contain any sweetener, whether that’s sugar, alternative or artificial. Any water that’s sweetened should be called what it really is – soda.
Trail Mix – Yes, that’s right. Trail mix is not as healthy as you may think and a big part of that is due to what’s in them. Chocolate and flavor coating raise the sugar content to unnecessary levels. So if you want a healthy trail mix, you’re better off making one from scratch with unsalted nuts, pumpkins seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes.
Sub Sandwiches – You are definitely better off stopping at your local sandwich shop for lunch than hitting up the nearest burger joint. However, depending on what you put on that sandwich could negate the healthy effects of your choice. Condiments like mayonnaise and ranch dressing contain a lot of sugar. Plus, no matter how you slice it, those sandwiches have a lot of carbs.
Granola/Protein Bars – Fruit. Nuts. Oats. High-fructose corn syrup. You’ve seen variations of this list on a lot of granola and protein bars. The kicker here is the high-fructose corn syrup. That’s because it’s just another form of sugar, plain and simple.
Fruit/Vegetable Juices – This one hurts on an emotional level. How could something that comes directly from fruit and vegetables be so bad for you? Because it’s just pure sugar. When you eat a fruit or a vegetable, you’re also getting fiber. But juice doesn’t have fiber. Even if you get an orange juice with extra pulp, it’s not enough to compensate for the heavy sugar. Plus, even though the juice you buy at the store says 100% natural, it’s still considered artificial.
Sushi – While some sushi is perfectly healthy, the ones that most people are not. Specialty rolls like California rolls and Philadelphia rolls are filled with fake crab meat or cream cheese. Plus, tempura fried ingredients like spider crab or shrimp add unnecessary carbs to the meal. And let’s not even talk about the various sauces they layer on top.
Low-Fat Anything – One of the biggest mistakes we’ve made as a society took place in the summer of 1976. That’s when the United States Congress started investigating the link between diet and disease. Soon everyone was afraid of fat in their food. So low-fat and fat-free foods started being developed. There was only on problem. When you take the fat out of food, you take out the flavor, too. In order to make low-fat and fat-free foods taste good, they started dumping one particular ingredient into their recipes. If you guessed sugar, you’re a winner.
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