15
July
2013

Foods That Are Not as Healthy as They Seem

Stay away from these "health" foods

These foods have a reputation for being healthy, but you'd better take a second look. They aren't as healthy as they seem!

Dark Chocolate

We often use the excuse that dark chocolate has “antioxidants”, making it a “healthy” chocolate treat choice. However, most commercial chocolate candies have a lot of added sugar and very little cacao (real chocolate). To get the health benefits of dark chocolate, make sure it is 85% cacao. Cacao nibs can also be eaten, if you have a chocolate craving.

Multi-Grain or Whole Wheat bread

These terms may sound healthy but many types of bread that are labeled 7 grain bread, or multi-grain bread may actually be made with refined grains, so they don’t contain all of the nutritional benefits that’s whole grains provide. In order to avoid this, read the nutritional labels carefully. If the first flour ingredient is “refined”, “bleached” or “unbleached enriched wheat flour” then that product isn’t 100% whole-grain bread.

Fat-free or reduced-fat dairy

It is said that if you opt for fat-free or reduced- fat dairy products, you can more easily lose weight. However, we do need some fat in our diets because it slows the absorption of food which can actually reduced food cravings, and it also absorbs soluble vitamins like Vitamin D. Rather than fat-free dairy products, try grass-fed dairy products and then the fat from those products is more nutritious and has more CLA, which is a type of fat that’s been know to help reduce body fat levels.

Energy bars

Most people like to have an energy bar, pre-work out or for a snack. These bars are sometimes even used in place of a meal. They “seem” healthy but often times these bars are high is sugar, saturated fat and high fructose corn syrup. The better option can be trail mix, healthy granola bars and whole-grain crackers.

Salads, especially those that are pre-prepared

Prepared chicken, tuna or shrimp salads usually have a lot of calories and fat due to the mayonnaise. A large chicken salad, for example, can have as much as 700 or 800 calories. The better option is to opt for low-fat mayonnaise and a smaller portion. Salad dressing also adds a lot of sodium, sugar and calories to your salad. The better option is to make your own dressing and choice low-fat, low- sodium balsamic dressings.

Sports drink

We often drink these to refuel and reenergize our body because they contain important electrolytes, like potassium and sodium, that our body needs. Many sports drink contain calories, as much as 150-200 calories per sports drink and often 10-20 grams of sugar. Sometimes just drinking plain water cuts out all calories and sugars and can keep you just as hydrated.

Smoothies

Though initially smoothies start are fairly healthy with fruit, and low-fat dairy, if you order a smoothie sugar or ice cream is often added with makes this more of a high- calorie treat than a low calorie snack. The best way to avoid this is to make your own smoothies. In doing this you can be sure to use only fresh or frozen fruit with no added sugars, and add other “healthy” ingredients as you see fit, minimizing the sugar and calorie content.

“Fruit” flavored yogurt

Yogurt is often thought of as a healthy, fiber filled snack. Though this can be the case, fruit flavored yogurts often contain up to 20 or 30 grams of sugar per container of yogurt. The fruit flavor is often artificial which is why it contains so much sugar. It is better to buy low or non-fat vanilla or plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.

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Nutrition Facts

15
July
2013

Foods That Are Not as Healthy as They Seem

Stay away from these "health" foods

These foods have a reputation for being healthy, but you'd better take a second look. They aren't as healthy as they seem!

Dark Chocolate

We often use the excuse that dark chocolate has “antioxidants”, making it a “healthy” chocolate treat choice. However, most commercial chocolate candies have a lot of added sugar and very little cacao (real chocolate). To get the health benefits of dark chocolate, make sure it is 85% cacao. Cacao nibs can also be eaten, if you have a chocolate craving.

Multi-Grain or Whole Wheat bread

These terms may sound healthy but many types of bread that are labeled 7 grain bread, or multi-grain bread may actually be made with refined grains, so they don’t contain all of the nutritional benefits that’s whole grains provide. In order to avoid this, read the nutritional labels carefully. If the first flour ingredient is “refined”, “bleached” or “unbleached enriched wheat flour” then that product isn’t 100% whole-grain bread.

Fat-free or reduced-fat dairy

It is said that if you opt for fat-free or reduced- fat dairy products, you can more easily lose weight. However, we do need some fat in our diets because it slows the absorption of food which can actually reduced food cravings, and it also absorbs soluble vitamins like Vitamin D. Rather than fat-free dairy products, try grass-fed dairy products and then the fat from those products is more nutritious and has more CLA, which is a type of fat that’s been know to help reduce body fat levels.

Energy bars

Most people like to have an energy bar, pre-work out or for a snack. These bars are sometimes even used in place of a meal. They “seem” healthy but often times these bars are high is sugar, saturated fat and high fructose corn syrup. The better option can be trail mix, healthy granola bars and whole-grain crackers.

Salads, especially those that are pre-prepared

Prepared chicken, tuna or shrimp salads usually have a lot of calories and fat due to the mayonnaise. A large chicken salad, for example, can have as much as 700 or 800 calories. The better option is to opt for low-fat mayonnaise and a smaller portion. Salad dressing also adds a lot of sodium, sugar and calories to your salad. The better option is to make your own dressing and choice low-fat, low- sodium balsamic dressings.

Sports drink

We often drink these to refuel and reenergize our body because they contain important electrolytes, like potassium and sodium, that our body needs. Many sports drink contain calories, as much as 150-200 calories per sports drink and often 10-20 grams of sugar. Sometimes just drinking plain water cuts out all calories and sugars and can keep you just as hydrated.

Smoothies

Though initially smoothies start are fairly healthy with fruit, and low-fat dairy, if you order a smoothie sugar or ice cream is often added with makes this more of a high- calorie treat than a low calorie snack. The best way to avoid this is to make your own smoothies. In doing this you can be sure to use only fresh or frozen fruit with no added sugars, and add other “healthy” ingredients as you see fit, minimizing the sugar and calorie content.

“Fruit” flavored yogurt

Yogurt is often thought of as a healthy, fiber filled snack. Though this can be the case, fruit flavored yogurts often contain up to 20 or 30 grams of sugar per container of yogurt. The fruit flavor is often artificial which is why it contains so much sugar. It is better to buy low or non-fat vanilla or plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.

Categories: Food and Health

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