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Unhealthy Foods Masquerading as Healthy

By Sara Butler

When you commit to making better food choices each day, the first thing that comes to mind is which healthy foods can make a good addition to your diet. The problem is that there are many foods out there masquerading as healthy when they're anything but. Here are a few "healthy foods" you should think twice about before adding them to your diet.


Granola conjures images of sunny wheat fields with frolicking folks wearing daisy chains dancing around as they munch on some of this healthy stuff. But, that's not really the case. A lot of the commercially made granola is made using vegetable oil, white sugar, and butter. That means it's packed with calories.

A lot of granolas have more than 400 calories per cut, with a lot of those calories coming from sugar in various forms. Add milk to it and you're probably betting a whole lot more than you bargained for.

Low-Fat Salad Dressings

You probably know that salad dressings are calorie-laden bombs that you top an otherwise healthy salad with, so when you see low-fat options, you're probably thinking that's a good alternative, right? Not so fast!

Fat is what adds taste to salad dressing. If you take out fat, then it has to be replaced with something else. In most cases, manufacturers make it taste better by adding sugar, salt, and high fructose corn syrup to the mix -- all of which are not good for you. In fact, looking at how much sugar is in a two-tablespoon serving of low-fat salad dressing, you could probably have a fun-size candy bar for about the same amount of sugar. That's certainly not healthy.

Whole Wheat Bread

Whole wheat bread isn't the healthy choice you were probably hoping it would be. A lot of commercially produced bread is high in sugar through added molasses or high fructose corn syrup. If you really want a healthy option, then go for a sprouted grain bread to get nutrients without all the sugar. Ezekiel brand bread is a good choice!

Turkey Bacon

Oh, turkey bacon -- it is too good to be true! It seems that bacon in any form simply isn't healthy for you. While turkey bacon may shave a few calories off, it's also full of nitrates, saturated fat, salt, and artificial colors. It's simply not as good for you as you hope, so it may be better to try to forget bacon if health is on your mind.

If you're looking to eat healthy foods, then making them at home in your own kitchen is the best bet. Also, staying away from processed foods, no matter how healthy they sound, is a good rule of thumb.

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

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