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Friday, July 15, 2016

Why Not All Granola and Other Health Foods Are, Well, Healthy

We all want to be healthy, and the media is full of advertisements for foods that are supposed to be good for your health. But are they really?? It depends. The bottom line is, Read The Labels! You may be surprised at what you find.

What the labels have to say

Let's say, for example, you choose to eat healthy and select a Fruit n’ Yogurt Parfait at McDonald's. You're feeling pretty good about yourself, until you find out that the parfait has more sugar than a McDonald's small strawberry milkshake. Yikes!

OK, how about a protein bar? That sounds healthy. PowerBar ProteinPlus Chocolate Brownie advertises 30 grams of protein that "Help Build Lean Muscle." But what about the 27g of sugar, cane invert syrup, fructose syrup, malitol syrup (all that syrup can't be good), and processed, non-organic soy (processed anything also can't be good)?


Even beverages advertised as full of vitamins like C and D may not be good for you after all. They can be full of sodium and calories. A 20-oz. bottle of lemon lime Gatorade, for example, has 34 grams of sugar and a whopping 270 milligrams of sodium. In fact, many sports drinks have half as much sugar per ounce as a Coke.

So, don't be fooled by health foods just because they are popular. Do yourself a favor and read the labels and compare the ingredients. Soon you will be able to identify health foods that are, indeed, good for you.

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