Though “diet” foods may be on their way out, there are more supposed “health foods” on the supermarket shelves than ever before. Most of our recipe and nutrition blogs focus on what you can eat, but these days we are amazed by how many products claim to be good for you and really aren’t! So, to help you out, we’ve decided to put together a list of 5 popular “health foods” that aren’t actually healthy.
- Naked. Though most of us have probably heard about the lawsuit against Naked for using the phrase “All Natural” when it wasn’t true, the green juice still calls to us in the checkout line. But beware, the amount of sugar in these drinks is higher than you think! Combined with the lack of fiber, it’s much better to just grab an apple on your way out of the grocery store.
- Amy’s Light & Lean. No one will deny that Amy’s is delicious, but just because it’s called Light & Lean doesn’t make it healthy! In a single serving there is about 30% of the protein you need in a major meal and 30% more carbohydrates. If you are craving pasta or mexican food, making it yourself is a much more balanced option.
- Stonyfield Lowfat Yogurt. The fact that this yogurt is on a viral list of Yogurts That Have More Sugar Than A Twinkie doesn’t speak volumes about its nutritional value. Still, it an important reminder to always check the nutrition facts when picking out yogurt. The best bet is usually Greek!
- Campbell’s Lean Soups. Lean might be in the name, but just because these soups are low in fat doesn’t mean they are healthy. They pack a sodium-soaked punch! One serving has half of your daily maximum sodium, which is also more than you should have in a single meal. If you like to have soup in the winter months, make a whole bunch at once and store it in the freezer.
- Bottled Green Tea. Home brewed tea is a great caffeine source, but buying it from the convenience store means you will be taking in a whole lot of extra sugar. Some brands have more than 50 grams of sugar in a bottle, that’s more than double what’s in a Snickers bar! Check the bottle before you buy.
Did any of these surprise you? Let us know in the comments!