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3 Not-So-Healthy ‘Healthy’ Foods

By Julie Fink
Posted On May 12, 2016
3 Not-So-Healthy ‘Healthy’ Foods

If you consider yourself a health nut, then listen up… We’ve done some digging and unearthed a few popular healthy go-to bites and found that they may not be as healthy as you think. Society and even the FDA are redefining what “healthy” even means, particularly on packaging and labels. It seems as though every time you turn around, there is a new health threat, risk, or concern about our favorite foods.

But with this list, I’ll tell you plain and simple that it’s all about clean eating. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup wreak havoc on our bodies and these three, traditionally “healthy” snacks, are guilty of using both.

Yogurt

This one might ruin your day. Yogurt is every busy woman’s grab-and-go breakfast favorite with a healthy twist… or so we thought. The minimal calorie count and probiotic status lead us to believe it was a healthy alternative. In truth, there are some yogurts that do more harm than good.

Why is flavored yogurt bad for us: added sugar and artificial sweeteners

“The majority of yogurt available in the grocery store is flavored, which means full of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners,” says Cassie Bjork, registered dietitian and founder of Healthy Simple Life. “These additives feed the bad bacteria in the gut, which basically negates the benefits of the probiotics.”

For example, the average fruit-flavored yogurt can contain close to 32 grams of sugar per 6-ounce serving, with is almost 9 teaspoons of sugar!

AVOID: Flavored yogurts with chocolate and caramel toppings, fake flavors and coloring, and anything over 12 grams of sugar.

TRY: Plain yogurt topped with real ingredients such as unsweetened coconut, chopped almonds, sliced raspberries and/or cinnamon, etc.

HERE is a list of yogurts you should and shouldn’t eat!

Plain yogurt with all natural toppings is a good source of protein and calcium and a healthy addition to your diet. Phewww!

Resource: SELF Food and Nutrition

Cereal Bars

Sorry to ruin your breakfast again, but some cereal bars have just as much sugar as a can of soda or a candy bar, recent studies show. Cereal bars are yet another popular on-the-go snack amongst the working crowd but not so ideal when it comes to nutrition. The culprit with this one is high fructose corn syrup. Most, if not all cereal bars are packed with ingredients that aren’t natural to your body and end up causing stomach issues, break outs, and tighter pants.

Why are cereal bars bad for us: high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and artificial ingredients

Research sampled products from 30 best-selling cereal bar brands and found that many were as sugary as a candy bar. The bar with the most sugar, according to the samples tested? Nutri-grain Elevenses with 18g of sugar.

TRY ditching the cereal bar for a Kashi bar.

Wheat bread

Now here’s a shocker! I really bet you didn’t see this one coming. Unfortunately, if you are going to buy wheat bread, may as well go for that good ole’ white wonder bread; as both are stripped of their nutrients. Wheat bread also contains high fructose corn syrup which is an unnaturally processed ingredient in food that causes all sorts of issues with our bodies including diabetes, stroke, and obesity – in addition to the bad list from cereal bars!

Why is wheat bread bad for us: The wheat is a refined grain that is stripped of its nutrients and contains high fructose corn syrup.

Don’t let the packaging fool you. Companies often tout their “healthy” wheat bread as WHOLE WHEAT to reel us in. A safe, healthy, and yummy alternative to wheat bread is WHOLE GRAIN which contains all nutrients, vitamins, and fiber that will do your body good!

Click here for a list of safe whole grain breads without high fructose corn syrup.

TRY:

  • Earth Grains 100% Natural 7-Grain Bread (this is the one I use)
  • Ezekiel breads/English muffins
  • Franz “McKenzie Farms” Old Fashioned Buttermilk Bread
  • Franz Whole Grain White
  • Nature’s Pride

Good luck on your clean eating endeavors and always remember to stay clear of refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners!