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7 Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as They Seem

7 Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as They Seem



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Though cooking at home is generally a good technique for eating healthier, some things we might reach for, thinking that they'll be good for us, aren’t really as healthy as they seem.

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Why do we keep getting fooled by secretly unhealthy foods? One of the most common scenarios happens after certain ingredients become popular within the health community. When Greek yogurt, chia seeds, or almond butter, for instance, become the new trending health food, it’s only natural that we seek out recipes using these items. But many times the versions of these products that we find in stores have added sugar (and thus calories) to make them palatable to a wider group of people; not all people will eat and enjoy plain Greek yogurt, for example, but most can find at least one sugar-added variety that they like.

Other times, the recipes themselves become the diet bombs. Even if we choose the most natural, no-sugar-added versions of health foods, the other ingredients we add during the cooking process can make the recipe unhealthy. Quinoa is a healthy and delicious alternative to white rice — until we cook it with cream and top it with cheese to make a mock risotto.

Though many unhealthy choices can be avoided by simply cooking for yourself and paying attention to the ingredients you’re using, there are a few recipes that are sneakier than others. We’ve rounded up some of the worst offenders. If you’re going to eat one of these 7 foods, make sure you try a few healthy ingredient swaps.


Though they’re a good source of fiber, many bran muffins are made with loads of refined flour, butter, and sugar. Look for recipes that call for whole-wheat flour or replace part or all of the sugar with no-sugar-added applesauce.


Topped with bacon, egg, avocado, and blue cheese, this salad quickly becomes a major diet bomb. If you love cobb salad, make your own, being mindful of the amount of egg, avocado, and cheese that you use. You can also swap a leaner “bacon” like turkey bacon if you’re making this salad at home.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


This menu item has as many calories as Mickey D’s Sausage Biscuit With Egg. The Double Cheeseburger only has just 430 calories.

Calories: 510
Saturated fat: 6 grams
Cholesterol: 80 milligrams
Sodium: 1,300 milligrams
Sugar: 10 grams


White chocolate isn't chocolate at all. Its "chocolate" comes from cocoa butter, which is what's separated from the cocoa nibs that are processed into cocoa powder or chocolate. According to BuzzFeed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set limits on the proportions of ingredients in order for the product to be marketed as white chocolate, including "at least 20 [percent] cocoa butter." That's why when you toss a few white chocolate chips in your mouth because you're out of the real stuff, it's really not a satisfying substitute.


25 Foods That Seem Vegetarian But Aren’t

I started this post over two years ago (yep, two years!), and cursed myself for not yet finishing and publishing it when the lovely Domestic Fits shared Ten Weird Things That Are Not Vegetarian a few months back. Curse me and my laziness! But yesterday, when I picked up a tin of Altoids in the check-out line to read the ingredients and was shocked to see gelatin on the list, I was reminded of this post draft. And I decided it was time to finish it up and hit the “publish” button.

In my very first post on Kitchen Treaty, I shared my very first “gotcha” food after I became a vegetarian: French Onion Soup. I had no earthly clue its primary ingredient, aside from onions, was beef broth. Whoops.

Since then, I’ve been lulled into a false sense of meatlessness when a food that seems vegetarian turns out not to be. Meat and animal products are hidden everywhere! So I thought I’d share several “gotcha” foods that I’ve discovered are not vegetarian over the years.

Note that it can be easy to blur the lines between vegetarian and vegan when it comes to this conversation. For this list I define a non-vegetarian food as one containing meat or fish products (like bacon or anchovies) or one that has an ingredient directly derived from animal parts (gelatin=animal bones and lard=animal fat).

  1. Worcestershire sauce – it’s got anchovies in it. Thankfully, Annie’s Naturals makes a great vegan version.
  2. Olive tapenade – it was a sad day when I realized delicious tapenade often has anchovies in it.
  3. Caesar salad – more dastardly salty little fish! Caesar salad traditionally features anchovies in its dressing. I like this version with a veggie-friendly kalamata olive dressing.
  4. Pasta puttanesca – delicious capers, olives, tomatoes … and anchovies! Nooo! This roasted vegetarian pasta puttanesca sauce, on the other hand, is a keeper.
  5. French onion soup – yep, my very first pitfall as a vegetarian. I thought it was, you know, onion soup – I mean, sounds vegetarian, right? Of course, french onion soup is traditionally made with beef broth, and unless you make your own, you’re probably not going to find a vegetarian version easily.
  6. Vegetable soups – most seasoned vegetarians learn the hard way that the delicious-sounding cream of broccoli soup on that restaurant menu sounds vegetarian (it’s a broccoli soup!), but oftentimes it’s been made with chicken broth.
  7. Stuffing. I can’t decide if this is an obvious one or not, but I’ll throw it in. Many Thanksgiving dressing recipes have broth in them – usually chicken broth. And then, of course, there’s the more obvious and popular meaty addition – sausage. Here’s a veggie version I love.
  8. Jell-O – it’s got gelatin in it. Gelatin is made of various animal products (skin, hooves, bones, yeah). And it lurks in a lot of things. Jell-O is an obvious one, sure, but what about …
  9. Yep, Altoids. I admit – I’ve been eating Altoids all along. But they have gelatin! Whoops.
  10. Non-fat yogurt – many have gelatin to help retain a yogurty texture.
  11. Gummy candies – think bears and worms – many have gelatin.
  12. Candy corn – some contain gelatin. Check the package.
  13. Marshmallows – More gelatin. Wah. I adore Dandies Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows, though – they’re a seriously tasty alternative.
  14. Rice Crispies Treats. Store-bought or homemade, they’ve got marshmallows in them.
  15. Frosted Mini Wheats. Gelatin. Seriously.
  16. Tortillas – check the package carefully or ask at your favorite Mexican restaurant, as some contain lard.
  17. Refried beans – many versions (think fast food or non-vegetarian canned refried beans) are made with lard.
  18. Baked beans – most baked bean recipes start with bacon or a ham hock. This one, however, does not!
  19. Split pea soup – just like baked beans, most start with a ham hock. Here’s a version with a veggie option.
  20. Jiffy cornbread mix – cornbread, you say? Yup. Some have lard in them.
  21. Hostess cupcakes – more lard, that sneaky jerk.
  22. Pie crust – many are made with lard.
  23. French fries. They’re just potatoes, right?! Not so fast – check to make sure they haven’t been fried in animal fat.
  24. Parmesan cheese (and many other cheeses) – if you’re a vegetarian even partially for ethical reasons, Google “what is rennet” and you might feel ill. I know I did. (Disclaimer: I use many cheeses – including parmesan – in my recipes here on Kitchen Treaty, but I am very careful to choose cheese made with vegetable-based rennet. I am so pleased to see, for instance, that most Tillamook cheeses use vegetable rennet.) Update: I have since learned I am lactose intolerant, so I don’t eat cheese anymore! If you’re on the fence or avoiding cheese, this post might help.
  25. Pad Thai – hey, I ordered it without the chicken so it must be vegetarian, right? Not so fast. There’s something fishy in traditional Pad Thai recipes – fish sauce, to be exact.

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Are you a vegetarian who has been taken by surprise by a “gotcha” food? What was it?


Seven Foods You Think Are Healthy But Aren’t

The guacamole tasted “a little spicy.” At least that’s the way Therese Warner described it after taking a bite.

There was no other sign the stuff had been rotting in the back of the refrigerator for nine months, other than a little brown discoloration around the edges. No mold. No bad smell.

The elderly woman had mistakenly plucked the guacamole from her daughter’s “food museum” — a collection of processed food that her daughter, former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner, had allowed to sit around her house for months with the simple goal of watching it rot (or not) after their expiration dates.

The surprisingly resilient piles of frozen dinners, loaves of bread, processed cheese, hot dogs, pudding and Pop Tarts were all part of Warner’s research for a new book, “Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American meal.” But she never intended for her family to eat any of it … especially her mother, who was already prone to food-borne illness because of her age.

Immediately, Warner started worrying something terrible would happen to her mom — that she would develop a life-threatening illness and need to be rushed to the hospital. “But she was totally fine, nothing happened at all,” she said. “Not even an intestinal rumbling.”

The secret was on the side of the container, written clearly near the “fresh” sticker applied by the store’s deli workers: In addition to the avocados, tomatoes, yellow onion, jalapeno, cilantro and salt, it also contained a slew of ingredients few would think to add to their homemade guacamole mix — ascorbic acid, citric acid, xanthan gum, amigum and text-instant.

The scientific names in the mix didn’t surprise Melanie Warner. After all, those kinds of ingredients have become familiar to anyone who has flipped over a package of food in recent memory. What shocked Warner was the way some of them are made — and “just how tremendously technical our food production had become.”

Warner’s research, which started as “an earnest attempt to understand the true meaning of labeling on the packages of the foods so many of us eat became a larger journey that brought me inside the curious, intricate world of food science and technology, a place where food isn’t so much cooked as disassembled and reassembled.”

She stopped by the PBS NewsHour recently to talk with Hari Sreenivasan about what she considers to be “processed food,” how it affects the human body and steps people can take to eat a little healthier in a nation where they have become so prevalent.

Watch her full interview with Sreenivasan above. Below are her takes on seven foods she says claim to be healthy but are not.

Seven Foods You Think Are Healthy But Aren’t, According to Melanie Warner

1. Breakfast cereal

The packages scream nutrition messages at you: “Good source of vitamin D!” “High in fiber.” “Antioxidants.” And for years, we’ve been told that breakfast cereal is a healthy, wholesome way to start the day. But if that’s the case, why is it nearly impossible to find a box in the cereal aisle without an array of synthetic vitamins and minerals added in? The reason: Without help from added nutrients, many cereals would have very little nutrition and wouldn’t be able to make all those salubrious claims.

Cereal processing is damaging to both vitamins and fiber, so much of what exists naturally in the grains — which may not be a whole lot to begin with — often doesn’t survive the journey to your breakfast bowl. To compensate, manufacturers add fiber ingredients and sprinkle in the equivalent of a multivitamin.

2. Subway sandwiches

Subway has done an outstanding job of promoting itself as the “fresh” and healthy alternative to fast food, and to some extent, these accolades are deserved. Much of the chain’s food has fewer calories, fat and sodium than what you get at McDonald’s and the like. But unless you’re getting a sandwich with nothing but veggies, there’s very little about it that’s “fresh.” Even though Subway bakes its bread inside the stores, it’s definitely not Grandma’s homemade loaf going into those ovens.

The dough is produced in one of 10 large, industrial factories around the country, where it’s loaded up with additives like DATEM (short for diacetyl tartaric acid ester of mono- and diglycerides), sodium stearoyl lactylate, potassium iodate, ascorbic acid and azodicarbonamide. That last one — azodicarbonamide — is known to break down into a carcinogen when heated and is a chemical used in the production of foamed plastics. When a tanker truck carrying this substance overturned on a Chicago highway several years ago, city fire officials had to issue their highest hazmat alert and evacuate everyone up to a half mile downwind. Mmmmm, fresh!

3. Light yogurt

It may sound like you’re doing yourself a favor by cutting down on the excessive sugar so often found in containers of flavored yogurt, but what’s often added in to replace the sugar — namely artificial sweeteners — may be even worse. Aspartame and other chemical sweeteners have been linked to strokes and depression, and there’s little evidence to suggest that they help anyone lose weight. If anything, fake sweeteners can boost our cravings for the real thing.

And light yogurt can have other unwholesome, non-yogurt ingredients like modified corn starches, preservatives and artificial colors. You’re better off getting plain yogurt and adding in your own sweetener like honey or choosing a vanilla-flavored variety, as these often have less sugar than the fruit flavors.

4. Protein bars

When used in their whole form to make things like tempeh, miso and tofu, soybeans are a nutritious legume packed with fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, folate and several B vitamins. But by the time soybeans become soy protein — the main ingredient in protein bars — nearly everything nutritious except protein has been lost or discarded. More of a food-like product than a food, soy protein sits at the end of a long, complex soy processing chain that starts with the removal of fat from soybeans using hexane, a neurotoxic product of petroleum refining.

And although the FDA allows products that contain a certain level of soy protein to carry a health claim stating that soy protein reduces the risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association says there is no scientific basis for such a benefit and has asked the FDA to revoke this claim.

5. Reduced fat peanut butter

A strange thing happens when you start trying to remove some of a food’s integral components, in this case the fat in peanut butter. Once it’s gone, you have to replace it with something, otherwise the whole thing won’t taste right. So when manufacturers take out some of the fat to make this supposedly healthier peanut butter, they doctor the product up by adding in more sugar. For instance, simple versions of peanut butter contain two grams of (naturally-occurring) sugar per serving.

Jars of regular Jif have three grams and reduced fat Jif weighs in with four. This is not a good thing because science now clearly shows that sugar is worse for us than fat. Plus, much of the fat found in peanuts happens to be one of the more beneficial ones — it’s monounsaturated, much like that in olive oil.

6. Vitaminwater

These drinks may be better than soda, but that’s not saying much. A bottle of regular Vitaminwater delivers a walloping 32 grams of sugar (versus 70 grams in soda). And the origins of all those “reviving” and “immunity” boosting vitamins might surprise you since they’re not coming from anything resembling food. Vitamin B1 starts with a coal tar chemical, B3 is made from a waste product in the production of nylon, and vitamin C starts with a corn-based ingredient called sorbitol. Vitamin D, amazingly, comes from sheep grease.

And although these industrially produced vitamins can be beneficial, most of us are getting plenty of them already, either from vitamin supplements or other fortified foods. What we’re not getting enough of, however, is fiber and antioxidants, which are found abundantly in fruits and vegetables. So you’re far better off drinking water and then eating an orange than chugging a sugary, orange-flavored vitamin pill.

7. Gluten-free snacks and baked goods

The booming trend of gluten-free shows no signs of abating and food companies are riding the wave. And while gluten-free products are eagerly welcomed by those who suffer ill effects from eating wheat, there’s often a nutritional tradeoff. Gluten-free products can be little more than concoctions of refined grains and sugar since it’s very difficult to make gluten-free products with whole grains and still make them taste good.

But without whole grains, your gluten-free bread isn’t going to have any (naturally occurring) fiber, B vitamins or antioxidant compounds. For healthy gluten-free foods, look for packages of gluten-free products that list a whole grain, such a brown rice flour, as the first ingredient.

More NewsHour health and nutrition coverage:


7 Cauliflower Recipes That Aren't Quite What They Seem

One look at these recipes and you might think you know what’s what: a cheesy pizza, a big bowl of rice, a classic layered lasagna. But look closer and you’ll uncover every dish’s hidden treat: Each one is made possible (and more flavorful, and healthier) by cauliflower.

The delivery man sure didn’t drop this pizza at your doorstep. Though it’s cut into triangles and doused in sauce and cheese like your go-to slice, it’s not your average pizza at all. In fact, Ree Drummond reinvents pizza crust with her Cauliflower Crust Pizza, which nixes the flour and still manages to create a crazy-good pizza foundation. Even if you aren’t going gluten-free, a slice of this veggie-packed pizza will have you on board with the alternative.

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We aren’t tater haters here, but these Baked Cauliflower Tots give the fried potato kind a run for their money. Thanks to a crunchy breading, a hot oven and a little cooking spray, you get a lighter take on the beloved crispy finger food, made for snacking to your heart’s content.


8 'healthy' foods that aren't as good for you as they seem

WHILE sushi and cereal bars can seem like the guilt-free options, experts warn some of the so-called healthy foods could be far worse for you than you think .

SMOOTHIES and muesli seem like healthy options but nutritionists warn some foods could be hiding some unhealthy ingredients.

We ask experts whether some of the popular choices for a better diet are not as good for us as they appear at first glance.

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Sushi

Sushi looks like a healthy option – but experts say it would be a better to cut back on the rice and increase the protein.

Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at health and wellbeing shopping site SuperfoodUK.com, said: “The amount of protein and vegetables you actually get in sushi is often very tiny in comparison to the amount of white rice in each serving. Brown rice sushi which would be better, but that is still a higher serving of starchy ­carbs to vegetables and protein.

“It would be healthier to have a fist-sized portion of protein with half a dining plate’s worth of vegetables and a brown rice portion that fits into an espresso coffee mug.”

Honey

Although honey is a natural sugar you should still be careful how much you use.

Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar , said: “Although this is a natural sugar, you should only use it sparingly.

“Honey is a simple sugar, made up primarily of glucose and ­fructose, and so is absorbed into your bloodstream quickly, hence it’s not ideal for controlling your blood sugar, or trying to lose weight. The fructose content can be up to 40 per cent in some honeys.”

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Rice milk

If you&aposre avoiding animal milk and are looking for ­plant-based alternatives then you might want to rethink rice milk.

Shona says: “Plant milks are not only a helpful ­alternative for those who genuinely cannot tolerate animal milks but many people drink them because of the trend to consume less dairy.

Rice milk, unfortunately, is made from white rice, which is quite sugary and releases its sugar more quickly than brown rice. Instead, look for a brown rice brand.”

Tofu burgers

You might think soya is a healthier option than eating meat but ­nutritionist Cassandra Barns says you have to be cautious about how much you eat.

She says soya contains small amounts of plant oestrogens which may be helpful for women who have gone through the menopause because their natural supply of oestrogen will have diminished. But otherwise women often don’t need the extra oestrogen.

Cassandra says: “Eating soya products in ­moderation is ­preferable once or twice per week, but not all day every day.”

Cereal bars

Eating a cereal bar looks like a healthy option but beware of the hidden sugar that could be included.

Shona says: “Cereal itself may be fine – especially if it’s wholegrain. But many cereal bars contain a great deal of refined sugar and worse – sugar syrups, such as glucose and high fructose corn syrup.

"These types of sugar travel through our bodies very quickly and are potentially damaging on a cellular level – which isn’t good for the immune system and skin, for example. Fruit added to cereal bars is often pre-coated in sweet syrups so that just loads on more sugar.”

Muesli

Muesli looks healthy – but read the label as some are packed with extra sugar and salt.

Marilyn says: “Not all mueslis are the same, and as with anything you buy you need to read the label and not just go by the hype on the front of the packet. Many can be laden with high amounts of added sugar and salt and this can turn a healthy breakfast into an unhealthy one.”

Ready-made smoothies

You might want to make smoothies yourself as some shop versions contain lots of sugar.

Shona says: “A single serving bottle of fruit smoothie can easily contain 25 grams of sugar or more – that’s five to six teaspoons.

“Try making your own smoothie at home with 100g of berries, quarter of a large avocado (or half a small one), a small handful of spinach and topped up with unsweetened almond milk.

“As well as containing less sugar, it will fill you up for longer and make you less likely to want to snack on sweet foods later on.”

Low fat fruit yoghurt

Yoghurts that are low-fat might appear healthy but they could contain lots of sugar.

Marilyn says: “Yoghurt can contain up to eight teaspoons of added refined sugar. Often sugar is the next ­ingredient after milk in highest amounts in the yogurt.

“This type of yogurt will be a high GI food, causing your body to release more insulin to deal with the quick rise in blood sugar and insulin is the fat-storing hormone of the body.”


10 "Healthy" Foods That Aren't Really Healthy

The health-foods aisle has a way of making guys fat—and unhealthy—and understandably pretty ticked-off. After all, isn't munching on (nasty-tasting) health foods supposed to be good for you?

If food manufacturers were really out to boost your health, yes. But their end goal isn't making consumers healthier. It's making money. And packaging foods as "healthy," "smart," and "natural" is an easy way to make a buck. Unfortunately, apart from suckering you into eating foods that really aren't any healthier than whatever it is you're trying to sub out, those healthy labels can make you overeat big time. In fact, in a 2015 Penn State study, researchers found that the more fitness-branded foods dieters bought, they more they ate and the less they exercised. So, potentially, your health-foods diet could pack more calories, fat, and ridiculously convoluted chemicals than your unhealthy diet ever did.

That's especially true if you are noshing on any of these 10 health foods that—sorry to break it to you—can torpedo your health.

1. Juices and Smoothies
"Even though they're packed with healthy nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, juices—even green ones—are loaded with sugar. Juicing extracts all of the fiber in fruits and vegetables that help you feel full and condenses a large amount of sugar in one small bottle that's too easy to drink in one sitting," says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of The One One One Diet: The Simple 1:1:1 Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. If you're set on having a bottled juice or smoothie, first check the ingredients label and make sure it contains no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving, says Kari Ikemoto, R.D., a registered dietitian with HealthCare Partners medical group in Southern California. Ideally, it should only contain one serving of fruit. The rest should be veggies.

2. Veggie Chips
If your carrot chips are carrot chips and your parsnip chips are parsnip chips, that's one thing. But, more often than not, veggie chips are just potato chips with some veggie powder sprinkled in for coloring, Batayneh says. "Look at the ingredients panel if you want to see how much 'vegetable' your veggie chips actually contain: Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, so whatever ingredients appear at the top of that list are the ones that make up the majority of the food." Also look at the calorie, fat, sodium, and carb counts. Many veggie chips are just as fattening as the potato chips you're likely trying to avoid. You can also make better, healthier (and better-tasting) veggie chips at home. Thinly slice beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes, drizzle them with olive oil, and bake them at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until they're crisp, Ikemoto says. Sprinkle them with herbs and spices for some extra flavor.

3. Gluten-Free Snacks
"When you remove the gluten out of a food product, you're taking away the ingredient that provides that delicious, chewy texture in breads, muffins, cakes, pasta, and more. To make up for the loss of flavor and texture, food manufacturers often add in other fillers, including sugars, fats, and other chemical additives," Batayneh says. "Ultimately, your gluten-free snacks end up with more calories and sugars and don't even taste as good!" Sure, if you are gluten intolerant you shouldn't eat gluten-containing packaged foods. But every guy should shoot to remove all packaged foods, not just ones with gluten, from his diet.


7 Worst Snacks Your Dietitian Would Never Eat

Grrrrowwwl. What do you do when your stomach starts complaining midway through the afternoon or just before bed?

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Before you visit the vending machine or scour your fridge for snacks you think are healthy, you may want to scan the list below first.

Cleveland Clinic dietitians weigh in on the seven worst snacks for tiding you over between meals that people actually think are healthy for them. Here’s how they voted:

1. Any baked chips

They’re highly processed and often so low in fat that you can consume large quantities without ever feeling full. This can increase blood sugar and cause an insulin surge, promoting fat storage.

2. Rice cakes

You think you can eat a lot of them since they’re lower in calories. But rice cakes are often artificially flavored and are really just a carb with little to no nutrition. It’s recommended that you eat a small serving of ½ cup of brown rice instead. It’s much more nutritious and satisfying — and has way less calories in the end.

3. Pretzels

These little misleaders are a nutrient “zero” and do nothing but put your insulin and blood sugar on a roller coaster. This, in turn, makes you more hungry .

4. Potato chips

Potato chips lack any significant nutritional value, therefore are empty calories, period. They’re also are high in fat, and low in fiber and protein.

5. Veggie sticks or straws

These are like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. People think these heavily-processed snacks are healthy because they’re made of vegetables. But veggie sticks and straws lack fiber and protein , and are practically devoid of nutrients. They may be a bit lower in fat than chips, but why not just eat the real thing? Dip raw bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli , and grape tomatoes in hummus and you’ll get lower fat and more nutrients.

6. Store-bought smoothies

Home-made smoothies can be power-packed with nutrients. But grab-and-go smoothies, even from your best local smoothie shop or grocery store, are often jam-packed with added sugar (often, from fruit juice) and calories. You can run up 300-700 calories with this quick “snack,” which won’t keep you feeling full like a good snack should.

7. Granola/cereal bars

These are often disguised as ‘healthy candy bars’ and can contain large amounts of sugar with very little protein and fiber. Be aware of ingredients, and read the nutrient label.

So, before you eat something that you think is healthy, read the label first and see what you’re really getting. This best practice will keep you from eating a whole lot of food void of nutritional benefits and loaded with salt, sugar and fat.

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75 Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes to Make Tonight for Dinner

These heart-friendly meals are so tasty they make staying healthy easy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., which means that focusing on your heart health is essential to living a longer, healthier life. There are various ways to improve your heart health, like reducing stress, getting more sleep, and exercising. Nutrition also plays a key role in keeping your heart healthy. Unfortunately, people often equate heart-healthy recipes with boring, bland meals. But there are plenty of foods and recipes that are as delicious as they are beneficial for your ticker!

The big thing to remember is that there's no one "right" way to eat for heart health, according to Rachael Hartley, RD.
So "instead of stressing over individual foods, think about the big picture of your eating pattern." "Think of ways to choose more heart-healthy fats, like olive oil, nuts and seeds, and avocado, eat fatty fish more often, increase intake of whole grains and other high fiber carbohydrate foods, and eat more fruits and veggies," Hartley tells Woman's Day.

These heart-healthy recipes include everything from fish-forward dishes to colorful vegetable combinations to simple salads. And don't worry, most of them look like they took much more time and effort to make than they actually do &mdash you don't have to be a pro in the kitchen to indulge in these heart-friendly meals. And once you've enjoyed all of these heart-healthy recipes, try out some healthy dinner ideas that your whole family will love.


Watch the video: 8 Foods That Arent As Healthy As You Think (August 2022).