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Don't Be Fooled By These Foods

By Sara Butler

There are some foods people simply assume are healthy for them. Maybe it’s because of the marketing campaign behind the food or the general consensus of what makes something healthy, but the truth is that not all seemingly healthy foods are. Here are a few foods you should be aware of that aren’t as healthy as you may think.

Health Drinks

Healthy drinks are out in force at the store these days. They claim to be filled with extra nutrients to help you de-stress or energize, have probiotics added, or even claim to have extra fiber. But are they really that good for you?

Any drink that has more than one or two ingredients probably won’t be the boon to your health you think it is. That’s because those extra ingredients also mean extra calories, usually in the form of sugar. Even artificial sweeteners aren’t that good for you. So, stick to simple drinks with single ingredients such as water!

Trail Mix

Trail mix seems like a great idea! It’s good for a quick snack when you find yourself in a slump because – nuts! While trail mix may be easy, it’s definitely not low in calories or sugar. Many of the versions available at the store have candy and deep fried fruit in them -- and those definitely aren’t ingredients to improve your health or waistline! Stay away from trail mix, unless you make your own with unsalted nuts, a little dark chocolate, and some dried apricots.

Bars

Fiber, energy or protein bars seem like they’re a great option when you’re on the go, but they are just candy bars in disguise most of the time. Other than the added ingredients they’re promoting, there’s not much there for your health. If you truly want some fiber and protein, then have an apple or a string cheese instead! Those are much better and healthier options!

Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt is yogurt, so it’s good for you – right? Well, no. And it’s certainly not much better for you than ice cream. While frozen yogurt does have less saturated fat than ice cream, it has just as many simple sugars and calories. So, it’s not really saving you much and many of the probiotics are killed during freezing. So, don’t be fooled that it’s healthier!

Don’t be fooled by things that claim to be healthy. Investigate for yourself by looking at the nutritional information on food packaging!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

 

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