Time’s Healthland took an interesting look at foods that people think are healthy but aren’t actually great choices.
Several experts explain on the site why the foods listed below aren’t as healthy as you might think. Some of the story’s examples included:
Reduced fat peanut butter – They don’t like that there are other ingredients added to this product to lower the fat and calories only a little bit.
Frozen yogurt – People choose big portions because they think it’s healthy and then add high-calorie toppings. Also there may not be as many live pro-biotics in this frozen treat as the consumer believes. It all depends on how it was made.
Gluten-free foods – “(Katherine Booking, a registered dietician and co-founder of AppforHealth.com ) notes that many gluten-free foods are now marketed to the general public as health foods — even though some processed gluten-free products are made with significant amounts of added sugar, saturated fat and preservatives. “Since I do not have gluten issues, I do not eat gluten-free foods. The majority of Americans do not have these problems,” she says. “Don’t be fooled into thinking that gluten-free is healthier if you don’t have gluten problems.”
High-fiber cereal – You learn this on Weight Watchers. They really hit you hard for eating cereal even if it is high in fiber. The expert in the story doesn’t like them because often there are many additives used in the cereal.
I think I used to eat way too many cheese sticks and granola bars thinking they were healthy. But not in the volume I was eating them.
What items do you eat that you think are healthy but may not be due to portion, quantity or additives? Are you consuming any of the examples in the article?