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Healthy Foods You Should Avoid

By Sara Butler

When you try to start making better food choices, then you are presented with some interesting options. Obviously, you want to include healthier foods into your diet to help you reach your goals. The problem is that many foods that are seen as healthier may actually not be. In fact, they can be just as bad as a candy bar or a Big Mac when it comes to calories, fat, or added sugar. That's why you have to be careful when eating healthy and make sure you can spot the healthy foods that actually aren't that healthy.


Granola has a reputation for being wholesome. After all, it looks to be whole grains, fruits, and nuts, so how bad could it possibly be? As it turns out, granola is not great for you, especially if you're trying to eat healthily.

Most granolas you can buy at the store are made with sugar, butter, and vegetable oil. What is in it depends on the brand you choose, but they often have far more calories than you might expect and a whole lot of added sugars. Granola can have as many as 400 calories per cup -- and that's before you add milk. If you like granola, then it's best to make it at home so you can control what goes into it.

Whole Wheat Bread

Whole wheat sounds like it'd be a good choice. It's whole, after all! But it's probably not what you hoped for. Many of the whole wheat bread loaves you find in the store are made with added sugars in the form of molasses or high fructose corn syrup. This is especially true for anything labeled as "honey whole wheat."

What you really want to look for in bread if you want to be healthy is something that is low in sugar. You'd be surprised how much sugar you can find in mass-produced baked goods, so it pays to pay attention. Also, sprouted bread is a good option.

Vegetable Chips

Vegetable chips may seem like a good option because, well, vegetables, but they're not all that good for you. It's safe to assume that anything in chip form isn't going to help support your desire to eat better. That's because chips, even vegetable chips, are deep-fried and have a lot of salt. Plus, they're cut so thin that they're not likely to infuse your diet with nutrients.

Foods can be deceiving, so try to understand more about what you eat. 

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

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