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Foods that Seem Healthy but Really Aren’t

By Sara Butler

You care about your health. As a chiropractic patient you are probably very proactive about your health, watch what you eat and read nutrition labels to make sure what you’re getting is what your body needs. But sometimes your efforts to be healthy can backfire in ways you don’t quite expect. Here are a few tips to help you decipher foods that seem as if they’re good for you when they’re really not.

Wheat and Multi-Grain Bread

You know it’s important to get your whole grains, so buying bread made from wheat flour or bread that actually says multi-grain on the package is a great way to do just that, right? Not really.

Several types of bread are labeled as wheat or multi-grain are made with highly refined grains, the kind that makes your blood sugar spike. True whole grain bread will contain part of the entire unprocessed grain seed, such as bran, endosperm, and germ.

You can combat these marketing ploys by making sure unbleached enriched wheat flour or bleached flour are not first on the ingredients list. That will tell you all you need to know about bread’s whole-grainness!

Frozen Yogurt

You opt for frozen yogurt because it’s not ice cream, so it must be healthier. Sadly, frozen yogurt and the variety of toppings available at your neighborhood fro-yo stores can be just as bad as ice cream in calories. You have to be careful of not just the toppings, but the portion sizes as well.

If you want to truly make your frozen yogurt experience healthy, stick to a small serving and use real fruit as toppings, along with a few nuts.

Jarred Pasta Sauce

Tomatoes are great for you! They’re packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin C; they have a healthy dose of lycopene, which helps to protect you from heart disease and even some types of cancer. The problem is that when it comes to jarred sauces you aren’t getting just the good stuff.

Jarred sauces you buy at the grocery store often contain high fructose corn syrup, sugar, fillers, and sodium. Some commercial brands of spaghetti sauce have the same amount of sugar in a half cup serving as a glazed donut. Plus, the sodium and fillers added help to extend its shelf life.

You can easily make your own tomato sauce at home with fresh tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, basil, and garlic. It’ll taste better and be healthier for you!

These are just a few examples of foods that may seem healthier but really aren’t. It just goes to show you have to do your research if you want to eat right!

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