“Walking in the aisles of the grocery store can be overwhelming. There are so many things popping up with clever advertisements that make us think “hey this must be good for”. Well things arent always as it seems and advertisers know how to twist things to make them appear better than they are.
Here are some of the seemingly “healthy” food that are really not:
Frozen Packaged Food- These packaged frozen foods use wors such as “lean” “smart” and “healthy” to sell you their product. While they are low in calories, they are full of ingredients you would not be able to pronounce. They also contain huge amounts of sodium.
- Next time you are in the frozen food isle look for packages with no preservative, simple ingredients, and low sodium.
Veggie Chips- What could be wrong about crispy veggies? SO SO much. First of all these only contain trace amounts of vegetable in them. They are also fried in a lot of oil and high in sodium. Just because they are green or orange does not make them better than the classic potato chips.
- Need something crunchy to snack on? Try popped chips or baked ones. Better yet eat some edamame with a small amount of sea salt, homemade kale chips, or crunchy raw veggies.
Flavored Water- “Vitamin infused water” no, just no. This is full of sugar and the vitamins come from chemicals. A bottle of vitamin water has more sugar than a bottle of coke!
- Make your own flavored water by infusing it with fresh fruits. Drink some tea with honey or stevia.
Dried Fruit- These are full of sugar and often times fried. One serving of dried peaches has as much sugar as 3 cups of fresh strawberries.
- Stick to fresh fruit.
Restaurant Salads-Some of us may think “oh it has lettuce it must be healthy” no no no no. Look up the nutritional facts on these things. Some of the popular chain restaurants salads have more fat and calories than their regular entrees. This is because they can contain fatty dressings and toppings such as bacons, croutons, and fried chicken.
- Always look up the nutritional information of the restaurant where you are going to. If you must get a salad ditch the creamy dressings and fatty toppings for light dressings and fresh veggies.“