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Are You Being Fooled by These Foods?

By Sara Butler

There are a lot of foods out there that seem as if they'd be healthy, but they're really not. While there are all types of foods that can be a part of a healthy diet in moderation, there are some foods that are masters of disguise when it comes to health that you must be on the lookout for. Here are a few foods that you need to keep on your moderation list.

Vitamin-Rich Water

Water and vitamins -- when you put these two things together, how can you go wrong? Well, it turns out it's pretty easy to go wrong because you're getting a whole lot more than the name of the drink suggests.

While it is true that this water can give you a bump in your daily nutrient intake, it also has a lot of added sugar and calories. The truth is that plain water will hydrate your body much better and enhanced waters should only be enjoyed after an intense workout that lasts an hour or more.

Veggie Chips

These chips are better than potato chips because "veggie" is in the name, right? Well, not really.

Most of the brands of veggie chips you can find are on par with regular potato chips in the fat and calorie department. The only difference is that veggie chips have added vegetable puree or powders. You're far better off snacking on actual vegetables for the nutrients and lower calories you can find in them.

Muffins

Muffins, even bran muffins, may seem like a good choice for a snack but they're more akin to a small slice of cake than a portion of healthy food.

Many muffins are two or more servings per muffin and loaded up with fat and sugar. Even bran muffins can have over 500 calories per muffin because of their size. Berry-based muffins often have no real serving of fruit in them, either. The best choice is to give muffins of any type a pass or make your own at home with ingredients you control so you know how good, or not good, they are for you.

Pretzels

During the low-fat craze, pretzels became a go-to snack because they're fat-free. The problem is they also happen to be free of many other important nutrients. Even wheat pretzels are full of calories and supply you with little to no actual fiber. And let's not forget the salt content, which can put you over the top in sodium intake for the day.

Do your research when it comes to foods because they're not always what they seem when it comes to your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.

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