12 Misleading Healthy Foods

Unfortunately, some of our favourite meals, snacks, and drinks that we think are healthy – are in fact unhealthy. Product labels provide some of the most misleading information because there is room for interpretation of what “all natural” and “sugar free” actually mean.

  1. Dried Fruit – They are loaded with sugar and preservatives to extend shelf life. 
  2. Anything "Sugar-Free" - Artificial sweeteners are bad for you. Some contain aspartame which is linked to inducing cancer, but some come from natural sources like agave plants. Be mindful of where your sugar-free products come from.
  3. Flavoured Yogurt - Choose plain or natural flavoured yogurt over fruity flavours as there is probably no actual fruit in your yogurt and can contain a lot more sugar.
  4. Anything "Fat-Free" or "Low-Fat" - Companies add additional flavours and sugar to make up for the fat loss.
  5. Prepared Salads - Just because it says “salad” does not mean it is the healthiest option. Most restaurant and take away salads are doused in salad dressing which decreases the healthiness of a salad. Dressing on the side is a safer option.
  6. Instant Oats - Maple Brown Sugar Instant Oats contains 12g of sugar and 32g of carbohydrates. Instead, opt for a homemade bowl of oatmeal using 1/3 cup of instant oats contains only 0.37g of sugar and 18g of carbohydrates.
  7. Salad Dressing - All you need to make a healthy salad dressing is a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or lemon juice. There is no need for additional preservatives, flavourings, load of sugars and salt.
  8. Microwave Butter Popcorn - They are so many bad ingredients in microwave popcorn. Air-popped or stove made popcorn is the perfect alternative because you can control the amount of oil or butter you put and not worry about the added trans-fat.  

  9. Fruit Juice - Juice is one of the worst drinks for you. If you are craving something tangy and fruity, you should just eat a piece of fruit because it contains fibre whereas juice only contains sugar even if it is 100% juice.
  10. Sushi - Some sushi is not bad for you, but rolls like California Roll and Rainbow roll, have 500 calories or more because they are filled with cream cheese, fake crab, and tempura prawn.
  11. Iced Bottled Tea - Iced tea is a big culprit of hidden sugar. If you make iced tea at home, it should have zero calories. However, when you buy store bought tea – like Lipton Green Tea – you are getting an additional 27g of sugar and 100 more calories.
  12. Veggie Chips- Just because they are made with vegetables it doesn’t mean they aren’t fried like normal potato chips. Baking, frying and even cooking vegetables removes some of their nutrients.

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