Unhealthy, processed foods are a huge reason that many people are compromising their health and getting sicker than ever before. But are some of the foods you consider “healthy” actually just junk foods in disguise?
Read on for 6 foods that may be luring you into a junk food trap!
- Whole Wheat Breads
Don’t be fooled, some foods labeled “heart-healthy whole wheat” aren’t actually made from whole wheat. Instead using enriched flour – which can raise blood sugars just as fast as other refined products, while stripping all nutrients. Look for better options such as multigrain, 100 percent whole wheat or sprouted and be sure those are the first ingredients on the list. Just because a box of Cheerios is labeled “whole wheat” doesn’t mean it’s doing your diet any favors!
- Dried Fruit
Did you know that a bag of banana chips can have three times as many calories as a real banana and about 20% more fat? The tons of added sugar to keep these dried fruits preserved isn’t helping you either. Nutrient-dense, fresh fruits are always the better option!
It’s okay when used sparingly, but let’s be real – who can stop at just a handful of granola? The excess added sugar in a couple servings of this popular snack can actually add up to the equivalent of a candy bar.
- Salad Dressings
Many dressings are loaded with sugar, trans fats, and a long list of artificial chemicals. Overdo it on your pour and you’ll end up with the opposite of the healthy salad you were going for. Try swapping your creamy Caesar dressing for a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar instead.
5. Sports Drinks
Gatorade, Powerade, Propel…these electrolyte and sugar-filled drinks were designed with high-performance athletes in mind. However, most regular people do not need to be chugging liquid sugar during their daily gym session. These drinks are useful for say, Tom Brady – but most of us will be better off sticking to pure H2O.
6. Protein Bars
Three words: Read. The. Label. Protein bars are one of the biggest “health” traps out there. Many are just glorified candy bars full of chemicals, sugar, and artificial ingredients. Stay away from anything containing high fructose corn syrup, bloat-causing sugar alcohols and be sure to take a note of the protein-to-carb ratio (protein is what makes a protein bar a protein bar!)