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Healthy Foods That Aren't

By Sara Butler

There's a lot of information out there about nutrition. That's incredibly helpful for those who want to live a healthy lifestyle but can present a problem when it comes to understanding what it actually means for a food to be healthy. You may be lured in by the promises of a whole serving of fruit or claims of something being low fat, but how do you know it's the best choice? Here are a few foods people consider healthy that really aren't.

Granola

Granola may seem like a solid choice when it comes to healthy eating, but you must be careful. That's because -- while it does tend to have fruit, nuts, and whole grains in it -- it also has a lot of added sugar. One cup of your average granola can supply you with nearly 600 calories and over 20 grams of sugar. If you're really looking for something to help fuel you, you're better off choosing a bowl of oatmeal that you sprinkle with fresh berries for some sweetness.

Vegetable Chips

Vegetable chips have to be healthy because, well, vegetables! But that's actually not the case when you dig a little deeper. Many of the veggie chips you see on store shelves aren't cut whole veggies made to look like chips but actually chips colored with vegetable powders to make them look different than normal potato chips. Plus, they're also often high in sodium. You're far better off snacking on some actual vegetables such as celery or carrot sticks than veggie chips.

Flavored Yogurt

Yogurt is good for you, but you must be careful about what type of yogurt you choose. Flavored yogurt often has a lot of added sugar, some brands nearly as much as a serving of candy. If you want to include gut-healthy yogurt in your diet, then make sure to choose high protein Greek yogurt that is unflavored and add your own mix-ins such as fresh fruit or honey.

Vegetable Wraps

Certainly, a vegetable-flavored wrap for your lunchtime sandwich is better than bread, right? Not necessarily. While spinach is a great ingredient and packed with fiber, antioxidants and other essential nutrients, the tortilla wraps flavored with spinach and other vegetables like it have no similar nutritional profile. The wraps are merely colored to look like the vegetable they claim to include, but usually have all the other highly processed ingredients as a regular tortilla.

Make sure to read nutritional information on the foods you eat. Don't assume it's healthy simply because it looks that way!

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

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