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Not-So-Healthy Health Foods

A lot of times we have the impression that something is healthy just by its name but that is not always the case. I came across this great article from that exposes foods that are typically labeled as healthy, but aren't:

  1. Enhanced waters: Why drink ordinary water when you can drink “nutrient-enhanced water”? Well, maybe because these “enhanced” waters are just sugar water with a touch of nutrients and a lot of hype. There is no evidence that the ingredients prevent colds, boost health and energy, or reduce disease risk. They also come at a high price, some cost up to $1.50, two to three times the price of plain bottled water.

    Watch out for the serving sizes, too. A Glaceau VitaminWater says it supplies half of your daily need for some of the nutrients. But you have to drink the entire bottle, which according to the label would be 2.5 servings and 125 calories, almost the same amount of sugar calories as you'd get in a cola. In reality, you're getting only 7 out of the 40+ nutrients you need. Even then, the amount is miniscule. For example, the vitamin C you'll get from drinking an entire bottle of Glaceau VitaminWater could easily be gotten from eating two strawberries, for a fraction of the calories. You are much better off taking a moderate-dose multiple vitamin and mineral supplement and leaving these enhanced waters on the grocery store shelf.

  2. What about whole grain bread or salads,

  3. Whole grain bread: The brown wrappers of multi-grain, whole wheat, 7 grain, oat or rye breads all look so wholesome and healthy. Think again. Flip it over and read the ingredient list. If you see “wheat flour” or “enriched flour” as the first or second ingredient, you have mostly refined white bread with some whole grains added.
  4. Salads: Salads are often the answer to everything from waistlines to health. However, many fatty concoctions are guzzled under the guise of “salad fixings.” The fact that salad dressing is the number one source of fat in women's diets attests to the confusion over what is really a healthful salad and what is a fat-laden disaster.

    Skip anything mixed with oil, mayonnaise, cheese or whipped cream. This includes potato or pasta salads, Mexican meat or cheese sauces, tuna mixed with mayonnaise, egg salad, macaroni and cheese, tartar sauce and Waldorf salad. A one-ladle serving of these foods could contribute up to three tablespoons of fat to the meal. Remember that one small ladle drizzles two tablespoons of dressing onto your plate, or up to four teaspoons of fat and 170 calories. In essence, too much of the wrong dressing can transform four cups of low-fat vegetables into a 70% fat calorie lunch! Place some low-fat dressing in a small dish and dunk your fork lightly into the dressing before each bite.

Join The Conversation
DeaconP DeaconP 10 years
i love when people say they are 'just having salad' and get potato or macaroni salad - yuck i am so picky about salads because they pretend to be healthy
SU3 SU3 10 years
The misleading bread packages is what really pisses me off. I thought I was buying the nice and healthy kind until I flipped it over one day and noticed 'enriched' as the first ingredient. So when I went back to the store, I spent about half an hour going through all of them! It was so upsetting! :RANT:
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
I totally know what you mean about the salad. It drives me nuts when people think that they're eating "healthy" because they have a salad. It's about the contents of the salad, not the name. I usually get the low fat or fat free dressing for my salad and put it to the side. Then I dip my fork before I take each bite. Also, when I order a side salad at the restaurant I request no croutons or cheese.
krisua krisua 10 years
About the salads - oil sauces too you mean? Oil supposed to be healthy, but of course HERE (:D) the size matters!
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
Balsamic is better than ranch...the olive oil in it has benefits of its own, too.
amybdk amybdk 10 years
:( even balsamic dressing is bad? boooo
Skinplistic Skinplistic 10 years
Coca Cola is actually introducing an anti-aging "healthy" drink for women. It will be sold in Sak's! I can't believe it? Coca Cola? Anti-aging? I doubt it.
chefjess chefjess 10 years
True, Vitamin Water is good but it has lots of calories!
gen92 gen92 10 years
Noooooo I love vitamin water.
sarabel sarabel 10 years
salads can be the most fattening items out there! people look at me funny for never ordering salads at restaurants but i know the secret!
girlgreen girlgreen 10 years
that sucks about the bread...i totally didn't realize that. i was feeling so good about all the rye and 7 grain bread i eat!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Bread is the worst for misleading you. I make sure to read the labels even if I'm in a hurry.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I always read the labels on bread before I buy!!
GirlC GirlC 10 years
Wow - thanks. I'm going to check the ingredients on the Whole Grain Bread I buy!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
:-( I get the light dressing always a salad without dressing is horrible!
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
the bread one is so common and it irriates me a little when i see that deceptive packaging. i love ranch dressing...:(
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