What you think is healthy when it comes to food may actually not be!
Everyone wants to eat healthy. And now that a new year is upon us, losing weight and eating a better diet is on the top of everyone’s list, especially, after the holidays!
But did you know that some food that you may automatically assume is healthy, may actually not be that good for you? It might surprise you, but these foods are actually not healthy for you. So, perhaps it is best to avoid them in the New Year.
Cereal and Granola
Did you know that certain cereals, especially granola, can be high in fat and sugar? They can also be high in calories, oils, and sugars. Even though it might have the reputation of being “healthy”, it is best to limit your consumption of granola.
Also, check the labels on other cereals at your grocery store. Many breakfast cereals contain high amounts of refined sugar and carbs so watch out.
Smoothies are another culprit when it comes to your diet.
You might think that a smoothie is one of the best breakfasts you can have, but think again.
Did you know that some smoothies contain a ton of sugar, even if you don’t add agave or honey? Smoothies may be one of the best ways to add fruit into your daily routine, but be aware that too much fruit means too much sugar.
What can you do about this? It is best to make a smoothie with 70% vegetable and only 30% fruit.
This can keep both the sugars and calories low.
Fruit juices on the whole contain a ton of sugar. If you are someone who is watching their weight, it is best to limit your intake of fruit juices.
Also, it is best to eat your fruit, rather than drink it, so you won’t be losing the fiber that you might consume when you juice it.
Acai bowls are also marketed as “healthy”. But did you know that many of these bowls have a lot of sugar and calories which can leave you feeling bloated?
Even low-fat canned soup is not really “healthy”.
Why? It contains a ton of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and salt! Just one can can contain upwards of double your salt intake. Restaurant soups are always a mystery, so stay away from coconut cream bases or sugary purees.
Another culprit that people automatically assume is healthy are protein bars. Many contain artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and soy! Most protein bars are worse than many candy bars. If you’re craving something sweet, simply grab a piece of dark chocolate instead.
So, even though these foods might be marketed as “healthy”, be certain to read labels and watch your daily sugar and calorie intake.
Ideally, you should be doing this already, but be aware of hidden sugars and calories in “healthy” foods!