5 Unhealthy “Healthy Foods” You Should Avoid
Many people who are looking lose weight, get fit or just live healthier will generally look towards changing their diet and eat foods that are healthy and good for them. They often go for the healthier choice at restaurants and try to shop healthier. But not all healthy foods that are advertised as healthy are essentially good for the body. These so-called “healthy” foods can sometimes be loaded with refined sugars, unwanted fats and tons of calories, and the thing is, not many people know that consuming these foods can sometimes have negative effects on weight loss and health. In this article I’m going to list 5 of the most common unhealthy “healthy foods” that people consume on a daily basis.
1) Fruit Smoothies
This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest and most popular healthy food that people opt for on a daily basis. Fruit is healthy right? So it only makes sense to go grab a fruit smoothie for lunch instead of eating a cheeseburger or having a pasta dish. But what a majority do not know is that this “healthy” food is often loaded with more calories than a cheeseburger! Because fruit is seen as healthy, people tend to opt for the larger sizes, but what they don’t know is that store bought smoothies from popular smoothie chains can have as much as 500 to 700 calories depending on what you order. And don’t even get me started on the sugars that may be added.
2) Greek Yogurt with fruit
With all the buzz about Greek yogurt lately, many people are making the switch from regular yogurt and are going Greek. Greek yogurt by itself is a tasty, high protein, low fat snack that has tons of benefits for the body. But add in some artificial sweeteners and fruit syrup, and it makes it into a horrible choice if you wanna keep the weight down. Opt for plain Greek yogurt and add fruits such as strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for taste.
3) Vegetable Juices
Vegetable juices that you can buy in stores are often rich in vitamins, fiber and minerals and are way easier to gulp down than taking time to eat the real deal. That doesn’t seem so bad right? But these juices are often loaded with tons and tons of salt, and if you happen to drink a few glasses a day, you’re going over your daily recommended sodium intake already. These vegetable juices are quick and convenient, and often taste way better than vegetables itself, but you cannot beat out the real deal when it comes to getting your veggies in for the day.
4) Dried Fruit
Fruit is fruit right? Fresh vs dried, you would assume that there is no difference, but most dried fruits are glazed over with sweeteners making it more candy-like than fruit.
5) Fast food salads
Don’t assume that grabbing a salad from your favorite fast food place is always going to be a healthier option than a burger. Prepared salads from stores or restaurants can often be loaded with tons of hidden calories from their dressing. If you do go out for a salad, ask for dressing on the side and dip accordingly to avoid the calorie overload. But with salad prices in restaurants and fast food places often being more than a delicious burger, you’re better off making your salads from home.
This fake healthy food industry is huge and is sucking in millions of people daily. People want to eat healthy, without actually eating healthy. They want the benefits from vegetables without the gross vegetable taste. Many foods that are listed above can often be far worse than eating the junk foods that you love. You know what they say, if it tastes good, it’s probably not good for you. And all of the foods I listed above are definitely in the “tastes good” category . See you in the next article.