Fortunately, healthy foods are popular right now. From fast food chains to grocery stores, almost everywhere seems to offer healthy food options.
Be careful though, many popular health foods are actually terribly unhealthy. Disguised as healthy foods, these foods can be detrimental to your health and you waistline. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking these not-so-healthy health are good for you.
Fast Food Salads
Have you been in a rush and needed to grab something quick to eat? Those fast food salads may not actually be a better alternative than the obviously unhealthy burger and fries. With the added calories from the dressings and croutons, fast food salads can be 1000 calories or more!
A Big Mac from McDonalds is 550 calories. Some fast food Caesar salads can be upwards of 1200 calories with the dressing. Go light on the dressing and add ons to avoid the astronomical calorie totals of these salads.
At first glance, smoothies might sounds like a very healthy snack. What could be healthier than fruits and vegetables blended and put into a glass to drink?
Most store-bought smoothie drinks have added sugars. Many of these drinks can have over 50 grams of sugar in one serving.
Avoid the high amounts of added sugars by blending your own smoothies at home. Go light on sugary fruits like bananas and go heavy on dark, leafy vegetables.
Many yogurts appear to be healthy by touting a low-fat or fat-free label. Unfortunately, with the loss of fat comes a heaping serving of sugar.
Frozen yogurt typically has even more sugar than ice cream. One half-serving of ice cream yields around 14 grams of sugar, while a half-serving of frozen yogurt yields 17 grams.
When at the store, choose yogurts low in sugar, like unsweetened Greek yogurt. If you are craving some frozen yogurt, opt for a smaller portion to enjoy your treat without hurting your waistline.
Protein and energy bars seem to be a quick, healthy snack. Unfortunately, many of these bars contain heavy amounts of added sugars and carbs.
Some protein and energy bars can contain over 400 calories, more than many meals! Many of these bars contain a list of artificial ingredients. Check the nutrition labels before you buy. Choose a bar that is low in sugar and that is made with natural ingredients.
Sure, diet sodas have little to no sugar compared to a regular soda, but that comes with a price. The artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas can be detrimental to your health over a long period of time.
Aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, has many potential negative side effects. Adverse effects of aspartame include dizziness, headaches, seizures, and even brain tumors. Research from the American Heart Association has even shown there is an elevated risk of stroke from the consumption of artificially sweetened drinks.
Diet sodas are even linked to unhealthy waistlines. Overweight and obese Americans are more likely to drink diet soda than Americans with a healthy weight, according to a study by the American Journal of Public Health. Limit your consumption of diet soda and choose a healthier option instead.
Before you purchase that “healthy” food, check the nutrition label. Make sure it isn’t loaded with sugar or unnatural ingredients. Many foods will slap a “healthy” or “low-fat” label on the package, even when they aren’t healthy at all.
Be mindful of what you eat and get in a habit of knowing the ingredients in your food. Choose real healthy food and your body will thank you for it!