5 “Health” Foods That Really Aren’t

Find out which foods aren’t as healthy as you thought they were.

It's National Nutrition Month. To celebrate, take a hard look at the foods you eat. Are your healthy alternatives really that good for you?

Health waters and sports drinks
Sports drinks and vitamin-packed waters are carefully marketed to make consumers think they’re super healthy. The fact is, these drinks aren’t much better than sodas or sugary juices. They can be bad for adult and kid’s teeth and they’re either loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners. When you’re thirsty, grab fresh water. According to Healthfinder.gov, sports drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of teeth.

Breakfast muffins
Unless you make your own breakfast muffins, chances are the unhealthy ingredients are outweighing whole grains, fruit and bran. Store-bought and bakery muffins are often oversized, full of sugar and packed with ingredients you wouldn’t slap a “healthy” label on. Be wary of any baked goods masquerading as healthy meals.

Have you ever read the nutritional info on smoothies from your favorite smoothie bar? You may be shocked to find out that smoothies can be loaded with calories, fat and sugar. Smoothies aren’t inherently bad for you, but you’re better off making them at home where you know exactly what goes inside and you can skip ingredients like ice cream.

Big salads
Nothing wrong with a salad, right? What if it’s covered in deli meat or a wet salad, such as chicken or tuna salad? Suddenly your healthy greens have become packed with fat and calories. Be cautious when it comes to toppings and dressings. Make your own salads so you know exactly what you’re eating.

Granola is practically synonymous with health. The ingredients themselves aren’t unhealthy, but many brands of granola are packed with sugar. When you add all of that to milk or yogurt, you’re talking about serious caloric intake. You can’t eat unlimited amounts of granola. In fact, it can really hurt your diet. Try to limit portion sizes and read labels carefully. Find out how many calories you should be eating every day.

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