7 Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods!

14251284-trail-mixThere are tons of healthy and delicious foods. And then there tons of delicious foods that sound healthy – but aren’t.

Here are seven of those surprisingly unhealthy foods:

  1. Apple juice. It has the word apple in it – so it must be healthy… right? Wrong. In fact, fruit juice is only slightly healthier than soda and extremely calorie dense. A half cup of apple juice, for example, has as many calories as an entire apple – but it’s totally devoid of the fiber that makes the apple healthy and filling.
  2. Multigrain bread. Multigrain bread simply means that it’s made with multiple types of grains – some or all of which may be refined. What you want to look for is bread made from whole grains. If the word “whole” isn’t listed before the grains, don’t buy it.
  3. Vegetable chips. You’ve probably seen veggie chips in the supermarket. Though they sound healthy, they’re really just the same as potato chips. If you want something healthy with a snap, opt for carrot sticks.
  4. Trail mix. Most trail mixes are made with salted nuts, dried fruit and candies. Unsalted nuts are totally healthy. Salted nuts, on the other hand, are not so great. And dried fruits should be eaten sparingly; they tend to be very calorie dense. Because dried fruits are so small, we eat a lot of them – but they have just as many calories as their fresh counterparts. Moreover, sugar is often added to dried fruit. The chocolates and candies added to trail mix make things go from bad to worse.
  5. Energy bars. Unless you’re on a hike or engaged in a high endurance activity, most energy bars aren’t a smart choice. Just take a look at the ingredients; the first ingredient is almost always some form of sugar (or sugar disguised as “brown rice syrup” or “agave”).
  6. Smoothies. Just because a drink is called a smoothie doesn’t mean it’s healthy. On a recent trip to Melbourne, Australia, I drank a so-called “smoothie” made with whole milk and ice cream. For a healthy smoothie, only order real fruit smoothies made with a base of unsweetened almond milk. It will minimize sugar and calories and maximize the good stuff.
  7. Muffins. Yup, even bran muffins. Most muffins are made with tons of sugar and butter, though there are healthier options available if you’re willing to look. The other problem with muffins is that many of them are HUGE – and can pack upwards of 800 calories.

The bottom line is that it’s important to look before you eat. Read the nutrition information. Scan the ingredients. It’s really the only way to get the full story on the foods you eat.

Were you surprised by any of the foods listed above? Let me know in the comments below. And if you know of any other surprisingly unhealthy foods, share them with us!

 

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Comments

  1. If anyone is craving chips and onion dip try this tip.
    Use greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and just add the lipton onion soup mix. Then rather than fried potato chips, use fresh carrot chips. You can often find them presliced with a crinkle cut in the produce section.
    Yummy.

  2. I’ve been lied to my entire life!! Muffins are my favourite fruit.
    Jokes aside, It’s a great article, I totally underestimated multi-grain bread.

  3. A must read for all those who swear by their smoothies and energy bars after a strenous workout.

    • But smoothies and energy bars can be very useful after a strenuous workout. If you burn 500-1000 calories and want to remain healthy you need to replenish those quickly. A calorie dense smoothie or energy bar is just the right thing to have. Now if you consider a strenuous workout to be 20min on the ellyptical, then an energy bar will just make you fat.

      Likewise, trail-mix is the perfect thing for the trail, it’s one of the most energy-dense and convenient ways to pack calories in a backpack. But if you’re eating trail-mix while sitting on the couch watching TV, you’re doing it all wrong and should switch to carrots, grapes, or popcorn.

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