7 Foods You Thought Were Healthy but Aren't ...


7 Foods You Thought Were Healthy but Aren't ...
7 Foods You Thought Were Healthy but Aren't ...

We’re all trying so hard to eat more nutritious foods, not just to lose or maintain weight, but to make sure we’re getting everything we need to be healthy and happy. We eat our five servings of fruits and veggies each day, try to add whole grains when we can, and study nutritional labels… but a few foods slip through the cracks and avoid our scrutiny because we’ve always thought of them as “health foods.” But some are not! Here’s a list of 7 foods you thought were healthful, but aren’t.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Photo Credit: tonispilsbury

We’ve all heard, and perhaps even felt, the healing, restorative powers of chicken noodle soup, ideal for curing colds and flus and general malaise. But did you know it’s loaded with sodium, and can also be filled with fat? Before you buy a canned soup, check the label and pass if it’s less-than-worthy of your affection (or ingestion). Instead, make your own, or buy the low-sodium “healthy choice” options.


Bottled Juices and Teas

Bottled Juices and Teas Photo Credit: Jeremy Brooks

You would think fruit juice and iced tea would be a better choice than sodas, but did you know that most of the bottled single-serve juices and teas contain just as much sugar, and very little actual juice or tea? Again, check the label to see what’s actual in the juice or tea before you buy it. If it contains high fructose corn syrup, or the “sugars” inside are more than 12g, then you should pass… and grab a bottle of water, or REAL juice, instead.



Sandwiches Photo Credit: nicknamemiket

I am a great fan of the sandwich, especially flatbread sandwiches and pita rolls. But did you know that these aren’t necessarily healthy choices either? Many lunch meats are loaded with fat and sodium, and tuna and chicken salads can be made with far more mayonnaise than they have to. Check nutritional information on sandwiches and subs from restaurants, and opt for low-fat mayo (if available) or veggie subs with little or low-fat dressing.



Salad Photo Credit: RoOona

Sure, the fruit and veggie part of salad is a fantastically healthful choice, but so many salads are topped with junk food… like croutons, bacon bits, breaded fried chicken, and fattening (but delicious) cheese and dressings. If you’re craving a salad, choose one without the unhealthful toppings, or use them in moderation.



Smoothies Photo Credit: haley. s

This follows the same logic as fruit juices — they’re supposed to be so good for you, with all the vitamins and antioxidants we crave, but for some reason, commercially-made smoothies are terribly junky. They’re loaded with high fructose corn syrup (“sugar”) and very little actual juice and yoghurt. They’re fattening, too… a large strawberry banana smoothie from McDonald’s contains 330 calories and 77 carbs (70 of which are from sugar). Yikes! If you really want a smoothie, use low-fat yoghurt and fresh fruit to make your own delicious, nutritious concoction at home.



Yogurt Photo Credit: Sanne - Le Lys studios

We women need our calcium and vitamin D, so many of us will add a container of yoghurt to our lunch boxes, but have you ever taken a peek at the nutrition label on the back? Yoghurt can be just as unhealthful as any other junk food, again, loaded with sugar, fat, and more. Choose a yoghurt that contains only a few grams of fat, and one with as little sugar as possible. There are hundreds of flavors from dozens of brands, so experiment a little with the healthful options to find the one you like best.


Granola Bars

Granola Bars Photo Credit: MGF/Lady Disdain

I used to pack a granola bar in my daughter’s backpack as a mid-morning snack at school, until I got bored one day in the checkout line and checked the nutritional information. I was shocked — even the ones without chocolate chips are really, really fattening and loaded with sugar, almost as much as a candy bar! Now we opt for healthier “less sugar” versions, and then only once in a while as a treat.

Those are just a handful of the foods we’ve always thought of as healthful, but once you look more closely, they’re not! It’s shocking, isn’t it? Which of these tasty foods had you fooled? Or is there another so-called “health food” you’ve recently found was not as good as you thought? Please share!

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It's just not safe to eat anymore. LOL! Just kidding

Artemis is completely right. Not only are fat and sugar important for the body in correct portions, but foods that are "low-fat" or "sugar-free" can actually be worse for you than if you had the one with sugar or fat. Let's use milk as an example, every diet place says to drink skim or at least 2% but this really isn't healthy for you. When they remove the fat from milk they remove most of the good aspects of the milk as well, this goes for lots of things. In the case of sugar-free the replace it with things like splenda which are even less healthy for you than regular sugar. As Kari says you need to proportion you meals that's truly the key to everything.

Not so sure about this, because some of those can be healthy when eaten the right way. Yes, salads can be healthy if you knock off the fattening toppings, but that's common sense, really.

aww shucks i love chicken noodle soup :DD btw great post

I have never eaten canned chicken noodle soup and I probably never will. Can't eat any chicken soup but grandma's :)

This is a great post. You brought up wonderful points about the levels of fat and sugar in these foods, and to clarify some others' misunderstandings...NATURAL fats and sugars are the things we need, such as Agave Nectar, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, or Almond Butter (for fats), and the natural sugars contained in fruits or veggies. anyone who thinks the oil and processed junk from yoghurt, smoothies, juices, and everything else on your list is wrong, plain and simple. The expression "all's good in moderation" means that although your body won't experience an initial shock or consequential reaction after consuming junk or processed food; it's not something you NEED or good for your body. And a friendly reminder...all milk is potentially harmful unless its strait from a happy healthy cow raised in your own backyard because factory farm-produced milk (no matter what the fat percentage) contains radiation, hormones, antibiotics, and other preservatives that just don't exist in a real natural healthy cow :)

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