5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think
Most of us work hard to eat healthier to improve both physical and brain health. However, it’s easy to become confused about which foods are really healthy and the ones that only sound healthy.
To help you out, we’ve put together a look at five “healthy” foods that aren’t as healthy as you think they are.
1 – Protein Bars
Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. It helps keep you full, is vital for building muscle, and more. However, many protein bars are packed with disguised sugar or artificial sweeteners, which can cause sugar cravings and bloating. If you must have protein bars, choose options that don’t have a lot of sugar, and avoid choices that contain evaporated cane juice, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup.
2 – Granola
Think granola is a cereal that’s good for you? Think again! Just a cup of bagged granola could have close to 500 calories. Although the serving size is ¼ cup, most people eat far more. There’s often a lot of hidden fat in granola, too. Instead of pouring a bowl of granola, use a teaspoon as an occasional topping to your yogurt or oatmeal.
3 – Dried Fruit
Most people think that because fruit comes from nature, dried fruit is a healthy snack. But when fruit is dried, all the stomach-filling fiber is gone, so it won’t keep you full like fresh fruit. Even without added sugar, there’s a lot more carbs, calories, and sugar than you need. So don’t turn to it as a ‘healthy’ snack.
4 – Flavored Yogurt
We’ve all heard about the gut-friendly probiotics found in yogurt, but most people grab flavored yogurt, which isn’t a healthy choice. Flavored options come with loads of added sugar, which negates some of the health benefits. Go with plain yogurt, check to make sure it’s low in sugar, and add a bit of fresh fruit if you want additional flavor.
5 – Veggie Chips
Veggie chips sound like a healthy way to snack. But they’re still chips. Many veggie straws and chips are made with potato starch and only have a smart amount of vegetable powder in them. They’re often high in fat and salt, too. If you want a healthy snack, make veggie chips at home by slicing up veggies, drizzling with a bit of oil, sprinkling with a bit of pepper and salt, and roasting until crispy in the oven.
You don’t need to avoid these foods entirely but think of them as a treat instead of a health food favorite.