We know that not all food is created equally, but don't let yourself be deceived by food that appears to be healthy, but is actually just junk in disguise! Find out what foods are just hiding the fact that they aren't building you up, but instead bringing you down, right here!
Many people see the oats and healthy grains and automatically think that it's a healthy choice for a snack or meal. In reality, many granolas are high in calories, sugar, unsaturated fats, unhealthy oils, and fillers. These unhealthy additions make it taste delicious because, unsurprisingly, the oats and grains that constitute most granolas are rather flavorless and bland. Though these unhealthy additions make it taste better, it also makes it a danger food. Look out!
2. Juice cleanses.
Juice cleanses may be made out of fruits and vegetables, but in reality, these cleanses are not good for you at all! The juice is the most sugary and least nutritious part of the fruit, so by consuming juice only, you aren't getting real fruit benefits. The juice lacks fiber and ultimately does little for your body except starve it of necessary nutrients. What's worse? Most juice cleanses are high in calories, making it a poor method for weight loss as well!
3. Vitamin Water.
On a similar vein as juice cleanses, Vitamin Water and energy drinks similar to it aren't great for you unless you are an extremely active person, like an athlete. Truthfully, they are packed full of sugar and minimal vitamins and nutrients. Athlete's bodies need more sugar than the average person, but unless you're a seasoned cyclist or are paid to play football, you probably don't need to be drinking it. Trade it in for something truly healthy, like fruit-infused water or kombucha!
4. Salads with high-calorie dressings.
Just because it's a salad doesn't mean it's healthy! You could have the healthiest salad out there, but combined with a dressing that is high in calories, unsaturated fats, and unhealthy oils, you are going to be negating those health effects. Dressings like Ranch and Caesar dressing can contain up to 170 calories in 2 tablespoons! Opt out of those dreamy dressings in favor of a vinegar-based dressing to maintain your salad's health benefits.
5. Flavored American-style yogurt.
These yogurts disguise themselves as healthy, but in reality, are packed full of sugar and unnecessary ingredients. If you want a healthy yogurt snack, try springing for a plain yogurt and adding your own fruit or honey. That way you can have your yogurt and eat it too!