Healthy labeled food that are not really that healthy

Healthy labeled food that are not really that healthy

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We all have wonder in the back of our heads if what we are eating as healthy as it claims to be is actually good for us, there is a lot of food that is marketed as “healthy” or “better for you” but are they actually? Today well find out if a lot of the processed foods that claim to be good for us are actually the best way to go when it comes to healthy choices. Next we will be talking about some processed foods that are believed healthy and we often reach for when we are outside our homes (because as most of us know, only when its homemade you truly know what is going inside your body) or we are just in a hurry and we need to grab something quick without “breaking the diet”. But also we will mention some foods that all together are really not that great for you and can easily be replaced.

12 Healthy foods that can easy become your most unhealthy nightmare:

To make the dried fruit taste better, look prettier, and preserve better, companies add chemicals and sugar to this once healthy option. Believe it or not, one cup of fresh cranberries contains four grams of sugar while one cup of dried cranberries contains a whopping 70 grams! To mass-produce dried fruit, companies add chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and acrylamide, which studies have shown can cause stomach pains, asthma attacks, and nerve damage.

Granola

Most granola does contain nutritious ingredients like fiber, zinc, iron, and vitamin B. However, all of that good stuff gets canceled out when only one cup of store-bought granola has approximately 25 grams of sugar! When it comes to weight-loss, and overall health, sugar is one of the worst things you can put into your body. You can get all of the same nutrients with less sugar by opting for a bowl of oatmeal with some berries instead.

 

Green juices

Hate to ruin it for you, but one popular bottled juice has 270 calories, 63 grams of carbs and 53 grams of sugar! If you want to get benefits from juicing, stick to bottled juices that contain vegetables only, or invest in a juicer and make your own. By drinking juice fresh from the juicer or simply eating raw veggies, you’ll reap the benefits of all those healthy enzymes and antioxidants minus the sugar demon.

Portobello mushroom burger

Vegetarian options are seemingly healthy, so you opt for the Portobello mushroom burger from one of the best burger joints. It ends up being a deep-fried, breaded Portobello mushroom filled with cheese. In this case, a standard burger would be healthier, especially if it’s made with lean beef. Sure, there are plenty of reasons not to eat red meat, but ground beef is more beneficial nutritionally than a fried, breaded, cheese-stuffed mushroom.

Protein bars

Most protein bars actually have similar nutritional contents as many of our favorite candy bars. Most are packed with artificial ingredients and preservatives that can cause bloating and sugar cravings. Similar to smoothies, all protein bars are not the same. If you’re in a pinch and must use a bar as a convenient option, make sure you read the ingredients and nutrition facts. If there is a word in the ingredient list that you cannot pronounce, I would stay away from it.

Smoothies

Most smoothie shop concoctions contain 400 to 500 calories and between 18 and 50 grams of sugar. However, all smoothies are not created equal. You can create your own smoothie for a healthy and delicious after workout snack that won’t hinder your weight loss goals. Try to stick to water as a base instead of milk or frozen yogurt, and add one or two fruits, some veggies, and a scoop of unsweetened protein powder.

Sushi rolls

There are definitely healthy options at your favorite sushi joint, but the maki sushi roll is not one of them. Many don’t know this, but most sushi restaurants add sugar to their white rice to give it that sticky consistency. Combine that with the other ingredients they often add like cream cheese, mayo, and crispy anything and you can rack up a good 500 calories in only a few bites. When having sushi, opt for sashimi or a Naruto roll, which is a sushi roll wrapped in cucumber instead of rice.

Sweet potato fries

Yes, sweet potato fries are high in vitamin A, but they are often no better than regular fries. There is nothing unhealthy about a sweet potato. They’re one of many complex carbs great for weight-loss. The fact that sweet potato fries are fried in some unknown vegetable oil, though, is what makes them so unhealthy. Baking fries, whether sweet or not, is the best option.

Tuna sandwich

If you want to eat a tuna sandwich, ditch the soggy white bread, the thick mayonnaise, and the mercury-laden canned albacore tuna. Instead, make it fresh in your kitchen with a pure, organic brand of albacore and add fiber and antioxidants with celery and colorful peppers. Moisten with a tad of anti-inflammatory olive oil and vinegar. Serve on toasted whole-wheat bread or sprouted grain bread for an extra dose of fiber.

Vegetarian sandwich

Lettuce, tomato, onions, sprouts, avocado, and cheese on whole-wheat bread sounds healthy, but this combo can be a diet disaster if you’re ordering out. The bread is often oversized, toasted, and buttered. The description can be misleading, not to mention the mayonnaise or other sauces used on the sandwich, and larger portions of fats (even if they are healthy fats) that pile on calories. Instead, make a vegetarian meal at home. This can allow you to reduce those extra, unnecessary calories. And forgo the extra slices of cheese. Just using one slice instead of two or three may cut up to 200 calories, depending on the type of cheese.

Veggie burgers

Veggie burgers are often loaded with over-processed proteins and soy products. While they are vegetarian, there aren’t a whole lot of actual vegetables in veggie burgers, so they’re not necessarily a healthy choice. Rather, they’re often just a non-meat junk food. Homemade burgers are very easy to make and incredibly nutritious. Controlling the ingredients of your favorite vegetarian meals is the best way to ensure you continuously provide your body with sound nutrition.

Whole wheat wraps

Whole-wheat wraps contain gluten and are high on the glycemic index, and she urges you to toss them out and switch to lettuce wraps. Chicken salad lettuce wraps and apricot orange lettuce wraps using romaine and Boston lettuce can be healthy swaps. Making them yourself allows you to control how much sugar, fat, and, ultimately, calories are in your healthy diet.

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