4 Supposedly Healthy Foods that Aren’t

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No matter how hard you try, you can’t avoid packed foods. When we try eating healthy, we look for ‘healthy packed foods.’ We all get attracted to foods with labels, like healthy, natural, smart, and low calories, etc.

Food manufacturers use these labels to attract consumers. These supposedly-healthy foods are no healthier than their alternatives.

One way to look out for these foods is to check their nutritional value, not the labels. You should be aware of what foods are less healthy than they claim to be. Here are some foods that aren’t really healthy.

1. Granola Bars

Ever thought why the so-called healthy granola bars taste so good? Granola bars certainly contain healthy ingredients, like nuts, seeds, oats, and fruit. But that’s not all.

They also contain trans fats and artificial sweeteners, so that they don’t taste dry and grainy. Many granola brands add high fructose corn syrup that easily spikes your blood sugar level.

2. Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Even with all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, juices aren’t the healthiest food option. When you make yourself a big glass of juice, you extract the juice from the fruit, leaving out all the fiber.

But, it’s the fiber that keeps you full. All you have is the ‘sugar’ mostly from the fruit or vegetable. Most packed juices contain more sugar and preservatives than the fruit itself.

Next time you buy boxed or bottled juices make sure that they don’t contain more than 15 grams of carbohydrates.

3. Cereals

Most cereal brands have come up with smart or healthy cereals. These cereals claim to be a healthy and less sugary alternative to regular cereals. But most of these products contain almost as much sugar as normal cereals.

If your cereal box has more than 5 grams of sugar, it’s not healthy. Put it back on the rack. Also, the commercial fiber these cereals contain, like starch, and inulin aren’t as healthy as bran fiber.

It’s smart to go for loose oats and bran cereals instead. They are much healthier and less processed.

4. Nut Butters

Nut butter is naturally healthier and contains less fat than dairy butter. But most of the almond butter and peanut butter you get from the store contains added sugar and trans fat for the sweetness and a creamy texture.

The trans fat decreases the good cholesterol and increases the bad cholesterols in your body. The low-fat ones have more sugar in them to compensate for the fats.

Go for nut butter that only has nuts as their ingredient. You still want to limit the daily nut butter you use. A spoonful of nut butter contains almost hundred calories.

Bottom Line

Don’t get confused by healthy and natural food labels. Always check the nutritional value before you buy anything. It’s better to avoid packaged and processed foods as much as you can.

The foods mentioned above are not very healthy. Sugary foods, like cereals and granola bars, are least healthy.

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