Food & Diet
20 Foods That Fooled Us Into Thinking They’re Healthy
In the last decade the craze about health and fitness has become prevalent in the U.S. and you can find ‘healthy’ foods in every supermarket. These foods are labeled as ‘organic’, ‘low fat’, ‘no sugar added’, but don’t be fooled into thinking that they are actually healthy and good for you. These labels are there for the marketing and when you check the list of ingredients and nutritive values, you’ll realize that they aren’t any healthier (some are even worse) than some regular foods sold in the markets. Some people think that eating foods labeled as ‘fitness’ or ‘diet’ will help them lose weight and that they can eat them as much as they want, but this is also not true. Look at the list of 20 foods that are generally considered healthy, but actually are not.
1. Energy bars
Energy bars are advertised as healthy products you can eat if you need some energy before or after workouts. They are said to have good amounts of protein and fiber and their producers claim that they are healthy. These bars are sold in health food departments and fitness shops, but if you take a good look at the ingredient list, you’ll see that these ‘healthy’ treats you can eat ‘without regret’ are actually very similar to regular candy bars. Plus, they are much more expensive than your favorite chocolate bar, and they usually contain fats, sugar and other starchy carbohydrates.
If you’re craving for a sweet treat but want to eat healthy, avoid these energy bars and go for a handful of almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts and sweeten them with honey or add some fruits into the mix.
An average energy bar contains around 500 calories, which is the amount of calories you take in by eating a large lunch. Also, most energy bars have soy as one of the main ingredients- it is actually what provides the protein in the bar. Soy is high in fat, so to remove it, producers use a chemical called hexane which is a neurotoxin. And after that fat removal, sugar is added and all the potential benefits coming from the lack of fat are destroyed.