Making healthy diet choices is harder than it seems, and there are many traps people can fall into while trying to have a good and healthful diet. There are many common misconceptions nutritionists are trying to debunk – foods that are commonly believed to be healthy but may be doing more harm than good.
Smoothies, for example, often have added sugar but are not filling and can make you hungry again soon. Breads labeled as multigrain may not actually include whole grains, and flavored instant oatmeal packets usually have lots of sugar already added to them.
Bottled salad dressing can also contain sweeteners as well as lots of salt. Sushi is another deceptive food: the refined carbohydrates added by white rice really adds up. Finally, frozen dinners marked as “light” may not be as healthy as they seem. They are low in calories but have less nutrients than healthy foods.
- Some of the most popular, so-called healthy foods are actually full of calories and sugars, such as fruit smoothies, bottled salad dressing and diet-type frozen meals
- If you aren’t sure about the nutritional value of something, check out that ingredients list
- There are a lot of things out there that sneakily pack in unnecessary sugars and extra calories
“Some smoothies can end up having over 400 calories while sneaking in a lot of added sugar—even if that sugar is in the form of honey, agave, or maple syrup, it still counts as added sugar!”