We’ve all heard about “healthy” foods that we should eat. But, how healthy are they, really? Here are 6 foods that many health magazines and nutrition gurus claim that should eat, but may actually not be that good for you. See what you think.
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter. Peanut butter can have lots of protein and other important nutrients. Unfortunately, it can also have a lot of fat and calories too. Some popular brands can be as much as 70 percent fat! When manufacturers remove the fat, they often add artificial or natural sweeteners to maintain the flavor. This can add extra sugar and calories to your PB and J sandwiches.
Frozen Yogurt. Probiotic bacteria has become a benefit touted in recent yogurt ads. But, in frozen yogurt, it simply not present in the same quantities in most cases. Many frozen yogurt brands also have a lot of sugar added to enhance the flavor.
High Fiber and Whole Grain Cereal. Eating more fiber is a good idea for most people. As a society, we don’t eat nearly enough fiber. But, like peanut butter and frozen yogurt, be careful. Many common high fiber and whole grain cereals contain a lot of added sugar, as well as artificial coloring.
Gluten-Free Foods. For people who have celiac disease or even a gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet is a must. But, for everyone else, it’s just a fad. There is simply no scientific evidence that supports the theory that a gluten free diet is any healthier than one that contains foods with gluten.
Processed Soy Products. In general, processed foods are less healthy than fresh, natural foods, and the same is true with soy products. In fact, processing soy often removed healthy carbs, fat and fiber, leaving just the protein by itself.
It’s important to educate yourself about the foods you eat, and don’t believe all the hype you hear in the news media and from friends. Check it out for yourself. The best place to start is to read food labels before you buy.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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