With too many food options being marketed and promoted to as ”healthy”, it is hard to know for sure what is truly healthy and what is not. I’d you want to establish a healthy lifestyle, you must distinguish what food options are healthy and suitable for you and your case and what options are falsely promoted to be healthy yet they are loaded with sugar and sodium if not fat as well.
Always remember to take a look at the nutritional information of any food product before believing it is healthy.
Here’s a list of the worst food options that are promoted as healthy.
1- Store-Bought Smoothies and Juices.
Even though juice and smoothie companies want you to believe that drinking fruit juices and smoothies is the same like eating fruits. It is not true, usually commercially sold smoothies and juices have additional ingredients like sugar, ice cream, peanut butter, whole milk or other ingredients that turn what is supposed to be healthy into a calorie bomb.
If you are craving smoothie, it is better to blend your own at home or just buy a small all fruits one.
2- Protein Bars.
Even though they can be a very convenient snack before, after or even during your workout. These bars may be rich in protein and other important nutrients and also sugar and calories. I’d you take another chocolate bar with nuts and compare the nutritional values with the protein bar you will find the amounts of sugar, protein and calories very comparable.
Avoid protein bars that are designed like desserts especially if they contain a low amount of protein.
3- Canned Soups.
Canned soups can sound like a convenient lunch for busy people that are trying to only eat healthy foods since most canned soups are found in too many low-fat, low-calories options. However most canned soups even the ones labeled low-sodium contain at least 1.000 milligrams of sodium which is half of the daily recommended amount.
Avoid canned soups if you have hypertension or else try to make your own vision on the weekend, you can make a large pot and enjoy it throughout the week.
4- Frozen Yogurt.
A reasonable serving of plain frozen yogurt is a great source of protein and a wonderful alternative to ice-cream. However when it comes to frozen yogurt, most people forget about the portion size. The recommended serving shouldn’t be more than half a cup which is way smaller than the bowl you will be served in. To keep your frozen yogurt a healthy snack, replace the chocolate chips, cookies and dough toppings with fresh fruits and nuts and stick to the portion size.