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You know how when you see a person who is really into nutrition and fitness, and someone refers to them as “granola crunchy”? Well I am here to take the “granola” out of “granola-crunch”. I really don’t think granola is THAT healthy. Surprisingly, there are tons of foods out there touted as being “health foods” that are simply NOT that healthy. Every time I see someone eating them, pretending that they are doing something so great for themselves, I want to say something and correct them. It usually isn’t appropriate for me to say anything to a stranger, though, and bust someone for their good intentions, but for the future, eat these foods in moderation. Warning: some of them are delicious and that’s okay. Have them in moderation.
Granola is delicious. I am telling you, I really do like some granola every now and then. But calling health nuts “granola crunchy” is kind of the opposite of what true health nuts eat. Maybe it’s because there are tons of people who like to try to eat healthy and catch onto trends. Granola is made by taking oats or another grain, mixing it with sugar, fat, and nuts, and other spices and flavors. Whole grains are great for you, as are spices and nuts; however, most granola has tons of sugar in it and either saturated or unsaturated fats, most of the time refined. Remember, natural fats in foods are much better for you than refined oils. Here’s an example of a granola that you might see in a health food aisle: Cascadian Farms Oats and Honey Granola. 2/3 of a cup has 41 grams carb including 14 grams of sugar (3 1/2 teaspoons of sugar!), 6 grams of fat,and 230 calories.
Yogurt is another one of those so-called health foods. And yes, if you go to the store about buy plain yogurt without any sugar and flavor, it’s wonderful for you. It has protein (especially greek yogurt), probiotics to keep your digestive tract in order, and healthy carbs from milk. HOWEVER, and that’s a big however, most of the yogurt you go and buy at the store, YES even your fancy greek yogurt, is more like a dessert than a healthy snack. Take Chobani Cherry Non Fat Yogurt: 1 6 ounce serving contains 140 calories, 22 grams of carbs, 21 grams of sugar (5 teaspoons of sugar!), and 14 grams of protein. Other, less healthy brands, such as yoplait, have as much as 26 grams of sugar per serving (6 1/2 teaspoons sugar).
3. Raw Sugar, Agave, Honey, etc.
Okay, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It’s still sugar. Sugar is sugar! I can kind of understand the appeal of more natural forms of sugar, they are in fact less sugar percentage wise and have more natural components; however, don’t use this as an excuse to freely eat things with these SUGARS in them. Sugar still is metabolized the same way, and will still lead to diabetes and heart disease if you don’t use it sparingly. And trust me, I am working on this one myself. I love sugar and I am constantly trying to think of ways to cut back so I don’t end up killing myself.
I feel like I have kind of focused on sugar in this article. Well, maybe that’s because it is really bad for you. Yet again, smoothies, especially smoothies from health touting places like smoothie king, have tons and tons of sugar — plus fruit, which already has sugar in it. Some things you can do to make smoothies better are to ask for it without sugar, or make smoothies at home with ingredients that you KNOW are real. Otherwise, drink in moderation. As an example, a small smoothie king banana strawberry smoothie has 13 grams of sugar, about 4 teaspoons.
5. Organic Foods
Slap the label organic on something and it’s sure to be a big seller. Why? Because people love organic foods! Because people think they are healthy!! Well, I am here to tell you that just because something has an organic label on it does NOT mean it is healthy. Sure, it’s great that that food was grown without pesticides. I think, though, if you took a whole wheat muffin that was grown with pesticides, and a refined white flour muffin that was grown without pesticides, but then had most of it’s nutrients removed and is highly processed, that the whole wheat muffin would be the better choice. So keep on reading labels and don’t fall for those label tricks.