If it tastes too good to be healthy, it probably isn’t healthy. Check to see if you are being fooled by any of these “healthy” foods.
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click Here to Find Me on Facebook
In today’s world, the word “healthy” has just about lost its original meaning. It has been stretched so far from its original definition that it should really have a whole separate name for what it has become. Seriously, let’s think about it. Consumers are being lead to believe there are such things as healthy ice cream, pizza and chips. Sorry to burst any bubbles, but it’s just not true. Today I have listed some of the most common “healthy” foods on the market, that aren’t so healthy. Maybe you are guilty of having the wool pulled over your eyes. Read on to see if any of the foods you eat made the list!
1. Veggie Chips
Everyone loves the salty taste potato chips have, but guess what they love even more? The satisfying crunch chips provide each time they are popped into your mouth. Unfortunately, Veggie Chips are about as close to vegetables as your metal fork is. I’ll put it this way. Sure, at some point in your fork’s history it came into contact with a vegetable. But that doesn’t make your fork a tomato slice, does it? No. The same theory applies for Veggie Chips. If you look on the ingredients list on the back of a bag of Veggie Chips, you’ll see some vegetable names with the word “powder” following. Ex.: Spinach Powder. This means at some point in time that powder was spinach, but it has gone through so many different modifications and changes, that it contains little to no nutritional value of spinach. You are basically eating flour, corn starch, salt and vegetable powder. No health benefits there, my friends.
2. Frozen Yogurt
In the past 10 years, frozen yogurt (AKA “Fro-Yo”) shops have popped up all over the place. They are super popular with children and college kids. Parents have been fooled to believe frozen yogurt is so much healthier than ice cream. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Frozen yogurt may have less fat than the average ice cream, but it isn’t running low on sugar by any means. Not only does frozen yogurt have a hefty amount of sugar in it, but by the time you go through the line piling on crumbled cookies, syrups and gummy candies, the sugar content on your frozen yogurt is sky high. Not so healthy sounding, is it?
3. Snack bars flavored like desserts
We all love cakes, sweet foods and desserts, but we know we shouldn’t eat them regularly because of how unhealthy they are. You may have bought a snack bar that is flavored like cheesecake and thought you were doing something pretty good for yourself. Sorry friend, you have been fooled yet again. The number one rule of thumb to follow in the food world is: If it tastes too good to be healthy, it probably isn’t healthy. Read the nutritional content on your bar. I can almost guarantee the sugar and fat content are extremely high. If you want to be technical, you can say the bar version is better than an actual slice of cheese cake; but not by much.
4. Chocolate Milk
“Wait, I thought milk was healthy?” Eh, I’ll go into detail about my opinion of milk in today’s world another time. But, for arguments sake, let’s say milk itself is good for you. It’s got calcium and Vitamin D in it. Isn’t that a good thing? Yes, yes it is. But what isn’t good is the amount of sugar that is added to the milk when it is chocolate flavored. There are many different brands of chocolate milk on the market; some of which have as much as 40g of sugar in a single serving size! I mean, seriously! Why not just drink a soda instead? Maybe have a couple of candy bars? After all, that’s really the equivalent to what you are consuming when you drink most chocolate milks.
Well, did you learn anything? You may have even had at least one of these “healthy” foods this week. Don’t get discouraged. Just be ahead of the game! If you can keep one rule to live by when it comes to eating well, let it be this: KEEP IT NATURAL & KEEP IT CLEAN! Basically, if it has an expiration date on it and was made in a factory, leave it at the store!
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