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"Healthy" Foods That Aren't So Healthy After All

Are you looking to eat healthy? Well, it turns out that some of the foods you’re eating aren’t as healthy as you think. In fact, many “healthy” foods are actually unhealthy for your body.

Read on to find out which foods may not be so good for you after all. It’s hard to know what’s healthy and what’s not. Just when you think you have it all figured out, a new study comes out telling you that some “healthy” foods are actually bad for you.

So how do you know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid?

One way to figure it out is to look at the ingredients list. If a food has a lot of unhealthy ingredients, then it’s probably not good for you. Another way is to ask yourself if the food is processed or unprocessed. As you would have guessed, processed foods are usually unhealthy, while unprocessed foods are usually healthier.


Granola Bars

Granola bars can be a great on-the-go snack and they’re usually marketed as being a “healthy” choice. But unfortunately, many granola bars are loaded with sugar and processed ingredients that can do more harm than good. Look out for granola bars with added vegetable oils or hydrogenated oils—these are signs that the bar is not as healthy as it claims to be. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a truly healthy granola bar, look for one made from natural ingredients like oats, nuts, and dried fruit.


Common Granola Bars available in the Grocery Stores that are not so "healthy" after all:

Amazon Brand Granola Bar

1 Bar contains: 160 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 160mg sodium, 23g carbs (2g fiber, 11g sugar), 3g protein


granola bars to avoid happy belly

Nature Valley Granola Bar

1 Bar contains: 150 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 110mg sodium, 24g carbs (1g fiber, 9g sugar), 2g protein


granola bars to avoid nature valley

Cascadian Farm Granola Bar

1 Bar contains: 140 calories, 3g fat (1.5g saturated fat), 95mg sodium, 26g carbs (1g fiber, 10g sugar), 2g protein


granola bars to avoid cascadian farm

Healthy Alternative: The best option is to make your own Granola Bars at home. This way, you know what goes in the bars. Use simple ingredients, make small batches, consume fresh!

But sometimes, that is not possible. So, here are some better options you can buy off the store shelves.



 

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice may seem like a healthier alternative to soda or other sugary drinks but the truth is that it has just as much sugar (or even more). Many store-bought juices also contain added preservatives and artificial sweeteners, making them even less healthy than they appear. If you want to enjoy the benefits of fruit juice without all the extra sugar and additives, try making your own at home using fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Smoothies

Smoothies have become increasingly popular in recent years because they can be a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables without having to actually eat them! However, while smoothies can definitely be part of a balanced diet, they can also contain hidden sugars and calories if they’re not made properly. To make sure your smoothie is truly healthy, opt for natural ingredients like almond milk or coconut water instead of sugary syrups or sweeteners. Also, watch out for store-bought smoothies that contain added preservatives or artificial flavors—these are never good for your health!



 

Yogurt Parfaits

Yogurt parfaits may seem like a healthy option, but in reality, they often contain more sugar than you might think. Many brands of yogurt parfaits are loaded with added sugar and sweeteners, making them far from the healthy snack that they appear to be. In addition to the high sugar content, many yogurt parfaits also contain artificial flavors and colors that can be harmful to your health. If you’re looking for a healthier option, try making your own yogurt parfait at home using natural ingredients like fresh fruit, nuts, and Greek yogurt.

 


Sushi

Sushi is often thought of as a healthy food, but not all sushi is created equal. While it’s true that many types of sushi are made from fresh ingredients and can be part of a balanced diet, some store-bought varieties contain added sugars and artificial flavors that can make them less healthy than they appear. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a truly healthy sushi roll, look for one made with natural ingredients like fresh fish, brown rice, and vegetables.

 

When it comes to making sure you’re choosing the healthiest snack possible, the best way is to ask yourself if the food is processed or unprocessed. Processed foods are often full of added sugar, preservatives, and artificial flavors that can do more harm than good. Try to stick to whole, natural foods for the healthiest snack possible!


Making healthy food choices doesn’t have to be difficult—simply keep an eye out for hidden sugars and additives in packaged snacks, opt for natural ingredients when possible, and opt for unprocessed foods instead of processed ones. With a few small changes, you can make sure that your snacks are as healthy as they can be.



Eating healthy doesn't have to be difficult but it does require attention and dedication - especially when it comes to food labels! It's important to remember that just because something is labeled "healthy" doesn't mean it actually is; always read the ingredient list before purchasing any prepared food item and do research into how certain foods affect your body before adding them to your diet. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to make smarter decisions about what foods you're putting into your body!




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