Health Food Fakes

Some foods are labeled very well to make us think that what we are eating is healthy for us! However, sometimes you wouldn’t believe how much sugar, calories, carbohydrates etc. you might actually be taking in without even knowing it! Here are some tricky foods to look out for thanks to Molly Kimball, Registered Dietitian in New Orleans:

  • Pretzels: You might as well call  them white bread. The main ingredients in Rold Gold pretzels, for example, are enriched wheat flour (translation: white flour). The stats of a single 1-ounce handful of pretzels (110 calories, 23 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber) are nearly identical to two slices of plain old white bread. And don’t be fooled by pretzels that appear to be whole grain; most really aren’t.
  • Post Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch: Whole grain flakes may be the first ingredient, but sugar in some form (e.g. honey, corn syrup, brown sugar) shows up on the ingredient list 11 different times.
  • Flavored Yogurt: flavored yogurt can easily pack in the equivalent of as much as seven sugar packets!! Instead, buy plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit to it!
  • Granola: They may provide us with some whole grains, but most types of granola and granola bars are filled with added sugar – and a half-cup serving of some types of granola can pack in 300-plus calories – more than a McDonald’s hamburger or a Hershey Bar.
  • Fiber bars:  The bulk of the fiber is from chicory root (also referred to as inulin, is a fiber isolated from the chicory root plant that hasn’t been shown to have the same health benefits that we’ve come to expect from fiber-rich foods like beans and oats.)
  • Protein bars: There are tons of protein bars that, while they may be high in protein, also have just as much sugar, if not more! Be sure to read your labels!

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2 thoughts on “Health Food Fakes

  1. I’m so glad you are writing about this. I have recently been learning about some of these deceptive/fake foods but didn’t know about all of them. Sugar is definitely a family downfall. And it’s hidden into everything.

    I have found that I can reduce my sugar intake slowly, but a dramatic cut is much harder to get used to. I started cutting my juice with water, and slowly increased the percentage of water so that now it’s just a splash of juice. This saves a bit of money too. Next is cutting down the sweetness of my morning oatmeal.

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