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10 Foods That Aren’t Actually Healthy

By on January 30, 2013
Fruit Smoothie
  1. Fruit Smoothies. Yeah those large smoothies from a chain store actually have a million gallons of sugar in them, and I’m not talking about the good kind of fruit-natural sugar. If you want a smoothie, go home and blend up some bananas or strawberries on your own so you know what’s going into it. Heck, while you’re at it put in some carrots or spinach which I promise you won’t taste at all.
  2. Granola Bars. “Nature Valley” and “Nutri-grain” might sound healthy and good for you, but it’s time to face the facts. In actuality, many granola bars have more sugar than a hersheys or snickers candy. You didn’t think a chewy bar tasted that great based on all-natural flavors did you? Check the ingredients, if there are more than 10 ingredients, put it down. If it has high fructose corn syrup, put it down.
  3. Frozen Yogurt. It’s yogurt! Yogurt is good for you, right? I guess you could say that, frozen yogurt on its own is certainly healthier than ice cream and not all too bad by itself. But once you make it chocolate frozen yogurt with gummies and sprinkles on it, it’s already worse than ice cream.
  4. Whole wheat bread. It is clearly better than white bread, but be careful now. Some kinds of whole wheat bread have their nutrients removed, because they’re made with refined wheat. Refined wheat is even more processed with additional hydrogenated oil and sugar. When getting whole wheat, examine it to make sure there’s actually whole grain in it. If the label contains the words “refined, bleached, or fortified” throw that loaf away!
  5. Vegetarian Pizza. Okay, so while it might appear to be more healthy than any other type of pizza, most people will add additional cheese to compensate for the lack of meat toppings, and the vegetables are cooked in excessive oil.
  6. Trail Mix. I know, it’s good. But what tastes good is generally not that healthy for you. Regular nuts and dried fruit are great for you, but the M&M’s or chocolate chips and sugar coated dried fruit are not the way to go.
  7. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter. Reduced-fat peanut butter is basically a “diet” peanut butter. Low fat peanut butter in actuality has more sugar and an excess of hydrogenated oil. This is bad. Try the original peanut butter, and get it crunchy!
  8. Energy Drinks. Yes, they will fill you with energy for hours, which serves a good purpose in many situations. But if you just drink them for the pure joy of consumption, don’t do it! Sugar and additives are their secret ingredients to which the FDA does not approve.
  9. Cobb Salad. The word “salad” does not mean it’s healthy. This salad has an amazing amount of cheese, bacon, and cream (it tastes great, but does not do your body any favors).
  10. Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potatoes are a vegetable and thus healthy? Yes. Sweet potato fries must therefore by healthy? No. When turned into fries, the sweet potato loses all its vitamins (B, C, and D). A fry is a fry, and a fry isn’t healthy.

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