Health & Wellness
10 Sneaky Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think
Here are 10 foods you *think* are healthy, but are actually just as deceiving as the puppy Snapchat filter.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have noticed the #fitspo lifestyle has completely taken over. And while you may think you’re ready to hop on this bandwagon, I’m here to warn you that many of your favorite “healthy” foods aren’t as healthy as you think.
So before you commit to a life of early morning workouts and sponsored micro-influencer posts, here are 10 foods you *think* are healthy, but are actually just as deceiving as the puppy Snapchat filter.
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Dried fruit may be a more nutritional snack option than say a luscious piece of chocolate cake or microwaved nachos, but sadly that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Dried fruit contains large amounts of added sugar that makes it, nutrition-wise, much more similar to candy than actual fruit. Here are some “healthy” foods that nutritionists never eat.
Though it seems like this should be illegal, just because something contains a variation of the word “vegetable” in its name doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Veggie chips are fried like normal potato chips and are high in sodium and fat. If you can’t resist something salty and crunchy, take a look at the healthiest chips brands you can buy.
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If you’ve ever fit the archetype of “broke college student” you’ve likely had many meals that consisted of just a jar of peanut butter and a spoon. You may have considered this a healthy detour from your usual diet of pizza and microwaved mac & cheese, but truth is, that’s not quite the case. Peanut butter along with other nut butters have sugar added in the form of high fructose corn syrup making the “healthy” snack option really not. Here’s your guide to the best healthy nut butters.
Consider this good news: You no longer need to eat a bowl of canned soup in the name of health. Turns out that canned grocery store soup is loaded with high amounts of sodium that is not only unhealthy, but can leave you feeling bloated and lethargic. If you genuinely enjoy eating soup, opt for homemade, like these super simple soup recipes.
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If you’re like the majority of society, when you eat trail mix you meticulously pick out the M&M’s and little mini chocolate peanut butter cups leaving the raisins, nuts and other ~less than~ ingredients aside. Not too surprisingly, this results in a sugary treat that lacks substantial nutritional value. For a healthier alternative, look for trail mixes made up of unsalted nuts, a little fruit and even perhaps a bit of dark chocolate.
Extremely high in both carbohydrates and sugar, instant oatmeal may be quick and easy to make, but sure isn’t healthy. Try making your own if you’re craving the ooey-gooey breakfast staple for a more nutritious option. Here are some homemade oatmeal recipes to get you started.
If you dismally eat yogurt while your coworkers enjoy morning treats like bagels or breakfast burritos in the name of nutrition, put the plastic spoon down now. Flavored yogurts are made sweet with loads of added sugar and are thus not as great for you as you might suspect. Plain yogurt is a much healthier choice, but feel free to throw some fresh fruit on top for a little bit of natural flavor.
Though granola often appears on the “lighter fare” section of brunch menus, it’s really not that much better for you than some of the more inherently tubby options. A serving size of granola is a lot smaller than you probably think, so filling an entire cereal bowl with the sweet breakfast treat isn’t doing your beach bod any favors. It contains a significant amount of sugar so it’s better enjoyed when lightly sprinkled on top of yogurt or fruit than consumed in mass by itself.
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The sad but very real truth about any type of muffin is that they’re essentially cupcakes without frosting. Sure, some are slightly better than others, but even muffins’ most healthy iteration isn’t all that healthy. Yes, even bran muffins, despite their nutritional sounding name, are still filled with high amounts of sugar and fat. They also often contain more wheat flour than actual bran when purchased at a bakery or coffee shop.
Though not all veggie burgers are created equal, some are pretty darn bad for you. Too often, store-bought veggie burgers contain high amounts of sodium and not as many vegetables as you might think. Most are made with rice, beans and are held together by a variety of oils and veggie proteins.