Wellness - Nutrition | 6-18 yrs

7 'healthy' Foods That Are Not Healthy

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Fruit juice, low-fat products, fruit yogurts, and energy bars always make it to the list of healthy foods we must eat. However, there might be a catch – some of these everyday foods might not be as healthy as you think they are.

Many of us would like to start the day with a glass of juice for breakfast. Juice is perceived as healthy the world over, given the fact that it contains fruit. But is it healthy?

The article, Fruit Juice is Just as Unhealthy as a Sugary Drink, published in AUTHORITY NUTRITION, by Kris Gunnars, says fruit juice is often seen by people as a healthier alternative to carbonated drinks not realising that fruit juice also contains a large quantity of sugar. Although, there are small amounts of vitamins and antioxidants in the juice, they do not compensate for the large amount of sugar present.

This is also the case with many low-fat foods that are considered healthy. Take low-fat flavoured yogurt for example. While plain yogurt may help in weight loss and is good for the body, you need to remember that flavoured yogurt is, well…just flavoured. It contains too much sugar to be called a healthy food.

From energy bars to fruit yogurts, smoothies to granola – take a look at the ‘unhealthy’ quotient of these healthy foods in this ClipBook.

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Fruit Juices

Fruit juice is often perceived as healthy. That’s understandable, given that it is natural and has the word “fruit” in it. While having a glass of fruit juice from the local vendor, you can never be sure if it's fresh or not. Secondly, the amount ...

Low-Fat Products

Low fat products are widely sold as being healthy and most parents fall for this trap even for their children. But on second thoughts, are they really healthy? Low-fat foods are processed, meaning some of their nutrients are removed. Salt, sugar a...

Fruit Yogurts

Yogurt is one of the best sources of calcium for children. Even infants can be given yogurt safely. It aids digestion and improves gut bacteria. However, if you choose the fruit-flavoured ones, your child stands the risk of infection and also weig...

Energy Bars

They may be a favourite with all, but energy bars are no better than a candy bar filled with sugar, dyes, and additives. These snacks may appear to be healthy, but their extra boost of protein doesn’t make up for the fact that their ingredients ca...

Smoothies

Just because they are jam-packed with whole fruits doesn't mean smoothies are great for your blood sugar levels. Store-bought ones are especially loaded with sugar. Making it at home instead where you’ll have complete control over what goes into i...

Granola

Swapping your usual bowl of cereal for a bowl of granola is healthy, but watch the portion size. Since granola can be high in sugar, it might be worth switching to a wholegrain or no-added sugar option. Stick to granola that’s sweetened naturally ...

Dried And Canned Fruits

Dried and canned fruits are usually sweetened with added sugars and mixed with preservatives to extend shelf life. These varieties are higher in calories and sugar, and lower in nutrients than fresh fruit. Instead, opt for fresh fruit, or frozen, ...

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