Foods That Sound Healthy, But Actually Aren’t

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Written by: Brandi Monasco

We see the labels everywhere: vegan, multi-grain, low-fat, baked-not-fried and the list just goes on. While you probably have good intentions to eat healthy, many times what you see on the label of a food product is not actually what is inside.

You will be surprised at what – and how many – foods claim to be healthy and really aren’t!

1. Multi-Grain Bread: Sure, 7-grain or multi-grain bread sounds healthy. But most brands do not actually contain the heart healthy wheat that you need. In fact, many multi-grain breads actually contain unbleached enriched wheat flour or bleached wheat flour.

To make sure that you are getting 100% whole wheat bread, look at the ingredients on the package. If the ingredients list contains bleached or unbleached enriched wheat flour, you can guarantee that that bread is not actually healthy for you.

2. Sports Drinks: Many sports drinks do contain electrolytes that help replenish your body after a hard workout or if you have been sweating a lot. However, unless you have lost a significant amount of sweat and your workout went longer than one hour, skip the sports drinks. This is because sports drinks are also loaded with calories and sugar. There is at least 15 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle.

Instead, opt for water or a calorie-free drink that can keep you hydrated, or find a homemade energy drink recipe that can fulfill your hydration and electrolyte needs.

3. Canned Soup: They are cheap, convenient and easy to make. Just pour it into a pot and heat it up on the stove. While they are tempting to purchase, especially those that are labeled “low sodium” or “fat-free,” in all reality, canned soups really are not that healthy for you. When you eat canned soup, you are overloading your body with sodium. Many soups have at least 400 milligrams of sodium per cup!

Instead, make your own homemade soups. It’s easy to make enough to last you for several days and making it yourself can guarantee safe and healthy ingredients.

4. Energy Bars: Energy bars usually highlight their health claims and benefits. They may taste great and are easy to take along for a snack or a quick meal, but they are actually more similar to candy bars than actual health food. Many energy bars have just as much sugar as candy bars. Many are also loaded with high fructose corn syrup and added saturated fat.

Instead of going for an energy bar for your pre-workout snack, try a cup of trail mix or get a brand of bars that are made with only nuts, whole grains and dried fruit.

Were any of these foods a surprise to you? What are your favorite alternatives to deceptive foods like these? Please share with us in the comments below!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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