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Here’s Why you Should Steer Clear of These “Healthy” Foods

Here’s Why you Should Steer Clear of These “Healthy” Foods
May 08
13:42 2016

The terms “healthy” and “natural” often appear on food packaging nowadays to appeal to health-conscious consumers. But if you took a closer look at the list of ingredients, they are probably not what you would call nutritious.

So what are some of these seemingly healthy snacks that you should avoid? Nutrition experts weigh in what foods you should be warier of.

Puff veggie chips

Just because something has the term veggie in it, doesn’t mean it has all the nutritional benefits of broccoli. Most of the time, veggies are not the only ingredient. “When you look at the ingredient list you’ll generally find not just veggies, but a long list of additives such as potato starch, corn starch, white rice flour, and soy flour. And they often pack around 130 calories per serving, only about 20 less than potato chips. If you have to have a veggie chip, go with the Terra ones instead,” said Cynthia Sass, RD, author of Slim Down Now, to CNN.com.

Whole-wheat bread

Unfortunately for those carb lovers, whole-wheat bread is not good for you. “This is one of the ultimate cons and deceivers. The glycemic index of wheat bread is 69. This load causes extreme blood sugar elevations, which results in high insulin response, and ultimately in inflammation and fat accumulation,” said Mark Sherwood and Michele Sherwood, authors of The Quest for Wellness.

Cold-pressed juices

Juice may be delicious, but that is mostly due to the excessive sugar added. “While these juices often contain a great deal of fruits and/or vegetables, the amount of sugar is extremely high. Also, the juicing process destroys much of the beneficial fiber in the produce. Lastly, your body can only absorb so many vitamins and minerals at one time. So a great deal of the nutrients are not absorbed.” Said Natalie Rizzo, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. That is why raw juice has grown in popularity recently.

Salad dressings

Having a salad isn’t the healthy option if you cover it with a sugary dressing! “They can contain highly processed oils or partially hydrogenated oils, added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors. Choose one with ingredients you can pronounce like olive oil, sea salt, lemon, apple cider vinegar, herbs, spices,” said Megan Roosevelt, RD, founder and host of The Healthy Grocery Girl Cooking Show on YouTube.

Other terms to watch out for at the grocery store:

  • No-sugar added or sugar free. These products tend to have more ingredients, including artificial sugars to make up for the lack of sugar.
  • Fat-free. This doesn’t mean the product doesn’t have a lot of calories and chemicals.
  • Gluten-free. This also doesn’t mean healthier. They are meant for those with a gluten-sensitivity or celiac disease. These products often have much more fat than those with gluten.
  • “Diet.” Diet sodas have harmful artificial sweeteners that your body doesn’t know how to process.

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