“Healthy” Foods that Could be Sabotaging Your Health Goal

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Jun 16

Wondering why you are having trouble losing weight or staying fit?  Unfortunately, eating healthy can be a lot harder than you think due to all of the misleading labels on food and drinks.

You can’t always trust what’s on the label of “healthy” foods.  With terms like “diet”, “natural” and “low-fat” slapped on them, food sellers can write just about anything they want to.  

To save you time and all of the hassle of trying to weed out the good from the bad, we’ve flushed out some of the most surprising “healthy” claim food offenders.

Yogurt.  Yogurt is a go-to “healthy” food culprit since it’s super easy to grab-and-go, it boasts many different flavors and you can eat it quickly anywhere.  But, yogurt is jammed packed with with hidden sugar.  In fact, a 6 oz. container of a reduced sugar yogurt can contain a whopping 18 grams of sugar!  That’s the same amount as in a mini Snickers bar.  

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter.   Reduced-fat peanut butter has about as many calories and much more sugar than regular peanut butter.  The oil is the healthiest part of a nut since it contains the majority of nutrients so there is no health advantage taking it out.  Stick with the regular!

Acai Berries.  This superfood trend actually contains loads of sugar. Some brands of acai juice contain more sugar than sports and vitamin drinks. If you are consuming acai in a drink or food, think of it as a desert and consume in moderation.  If you want to reap the benefits of acai berries’ antioxidants, snack on some unsweetened dried acai berries.   

Be sure to make these 4 superfoods a staple in your diet to become your healthiest you!

Fat-Free Salad Dressing.  Remember this tip:  try and avoid anything labeled ‘fat-free’.  More often than not, this is a shoe-in for one of the many misleading “healthy” foods out there.  Typical fat-free salad dressings contain water, corn syrup and soybean oil.  Soybean oil contains more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s.  Consuming more omega-6s than 3s increases your risk of developing chronic inflammatory issues like asthma, allergies and arthritis.  

Give your healthy eating goals a boost by avoiding these diet disasters.

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