Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

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Many people would agree that healthy living begins with the quality of food you put into your body. But with all the contradicting information about what foods are actually healthy or not, it can start to get a little confusing, especially for those who are just beginning their health journey. Here are a few foods that have been labeled and advertised as “healthy”, but a closer look at the nutritional facts may prove otherwise.

Granola/Protein Bars

Many “nutritional” bars, such as granola and protein bars, love to advertise their whole grain and high protein potency to appeal to health-conscious consumers. The fact of the matter is that these bars more-so resemble candy bars. Not only are they overly-processed, there are hidden sugars and fats within these snacks, which almost completely negates any nutritional value they claim to have. When looking for any type of energy or protein bar, read the label to ensure there’s as few ingredients as possible and a sufficient enough fiber content. And definitely make sure there aren’t bucket loads of sugar hidden in them. 

Sugar Substitutes 

Many people have a major sweet tooth that they try to put a stop to early on in their health journey. Natural sweeteners are common sugar substitutes, but they have the potential to make your sugar cravings worse over time. Stevia, honey and other natural sweeteners can come highly processed and that reduces the benefits of their nutritional value. Learn more about switching to natural sweeteners and what to look out for when choosing sugar substitutes.

Instant Oatmeal

Oats are a viable source of whole grains, and many people choose oatmeal as their preferred breakfast option because they are filling and extremely customizable. Unfortunately, many people choosing the more convenient instant oatmeal don’t realize how calorically dense it is because of the added sugar. To receive all the health benefits that oats have to offer, opt for plain oats and add your preference of fruits, cinnamon and nutmeg to naturally flavor your oatmeal to your liking.

Diet Drinks

Those who have a habit of drinking soda daily tend to make the switch to diet sodas to decrease their overall calorie intake. It’s a common assumption that diet drinks are much better than their sugar-filled counterparts – but are they really? Despite it being a better alternative to regular soda, many studies have found that drinking too many diet sodas can spike your insulin, cause diabetes and obesity, and several other health issues.

Eat in Moderation

None of these foods should be labeled as off-limits, especially if you genuinely enjoy them. Just remember that eating them, as well as anything else, in moderation is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle. And if you’re keen on losing weight, understanding food labels will help you make sure you’re eating at a caloric deficit, which is the ultimate key to weight loss.

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