Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #19: Frozen Yogurt

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Everyone loves ice cream, but not the guilt or shame that follows. Fro-yo gives you that sugary, creamy hit without the calories of ice cream. WHY IT’S NOT: Ask anyone what ingredients are found in fro-yo, and apart from yogurt, most won’t know. Sugar commonly forms 15-17% of the yogurt’s…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #18: DIET SODA

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: It has no calories and allows dieters to enjoy their soft drinks guilt-free. The classic way to lose weight has been to eat fewer calories than you burn, so drinking low-calorie pop should, in theory, help you shed those unwanted pounds more easily. WHY IT’S NOT: The principle of “a calorie…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #17: MARGARINE

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Advertised as a “heart-healthy” alternative to butter, margarine has been over-recommended for the past 50 years as a way to reduce our intake of saturated animal fat. Some brands are made with phytosterols that can reduce blood cholesterol levels. WHY IT’S NOT: Not only has saturated fat…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #16: PROTEIN BARS

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Proteins are associated with health, strength, vigour, and muscles. Those who want to eat more of it but don’t want to munch on a chicken breast at the gym find that protein bars are a godsend. WHY IT’S NOT: It’s hard to generalize about protein bars because there are so many out there. Some…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #15: SUPERMARKET SUSHI

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Sushi has an amazing reputation as a healthy meal. It’s light, contains whole foods — vegetables, seaweed and uncooked fish — and it’s absolutely delicious. WHY IT’S NOT: Ironically, sushi is not eaten in Japan because of its healthy qualities but because it tastes good. It’s…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #14: CAESAR SALAD

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: A common entrée in restaurants, Caesar Salad seem to be enjoyed by those who usually hate salads. It’s creamy, crunchy and Parmesan-y, but it’s still salad. There is, after all, lettuce in there. WHY IT’S NOT: Let’s start with the croutons. These are traditionally made with cubed pieces of…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #13: GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Gluten has become the new enemy as evidence continues to emerge linking grain-based diets with a range of chronic health conditions. Not surprisingly, the market for gluten-free foods and beverages has skyrocketed. The primary reason is that consumers are convinced that gluten-free products are…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #12: RICE CAKES

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: These bland cardboard cut-outs were a dieter’s dream during the 1990s low-fat/low-calorie diet craze. As a snack food, they’ve helped us stay away from more unhealthy snacks like chips and fries.⁣ WHY IT’S NOT: Rice cakes are nothing more than refined puffed rice and have very little…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #11: FLAVOURED NUTS

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Nuts are a convenient snack that provide us with healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, vitamin E, fiber and some omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts have been shown to reduce our risk of developing blood clots and to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Glaze them in soy sauce or coat them in maple candy, and…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #10: FRUIT JUICE

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Many look forward to beginning their morning with a fresh glass of OJ. Drinking your fruit is way more convenient than having to go through the arduous process of peeling, slicing, biting, chewing, and swallowing. And, hey, the government says it’s the same thing as having a fruit. According to…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #9: LOW-FAT PEANUT BUTTER

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: Full of healthy monounsaturated fats and protein, peanut butter has been a comfort food for pregnant women and bodybuilders. It’s pretty high in calories, though, which makes the reduced-fat version more attractive and healthy option. WHY IT’S NOT: Peanut butter is actually a very decent…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #8: BREAKFAST CEREAL

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: The health benefits of breakfast cereals are largely the result of a hugely successful marketing campaign that began as early as the 1900s. Kids are especially targeted, and many can’t imagine breakfast without a bowl of cereal. “Part of a balanced breakfast” is a term coined by the cereal…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #7: FRUIT COCKTAIL

WHY WE THINK IT’S HEALTHY: It’s fruit, so it’s good for you. WHY IT’S NOT: The syrup ruins everything. Fruit canned in syrup holds its shape, colour and flavour, but it also adds extra calories and boosts its glycemic index. The most common syrup used in commercial fruit cocktails is corn syrup, made from the starch…


Can skipping breakfast cause heart attacks?

Can skipping breakfast cause heart attacks? A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that U.S. adults who regularly skip breakfast are at an increased risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. With the increased popularity of intermittent fasting and supporting research…


GRANOLA

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #6: GRANOLA

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: It’s considered the “healthy person’s cereal,” made with rolled oats, nuts and dried fruits. The term granola has become so synonymous with health that it’s used to describe hippie-esque people who are socially and environmental aware, left-wing, usually vegetarian, and who buy only fair-trade…


DRIED FRUIT

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #5: DRIED FRUIT

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: It’s fruit, a food group recommended by all nutrition experts for its vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content. Compared to fresh fruit, they’re more convenient to transport, preserve well and are a nutritious, delicious snack. WHY IT'S NOT: It’s not that dried fruit is unhealthy -- it is a much…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #4: BAKED BEANS

  BAKED BEANS WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: Beans are a good source of lean protein, they're virtually fat free, and they're high in soluble fiber. Consequently, they have a low glycemic index, which means that they don’t elicit a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. This is good news for those on weight-loss diets or suffering…


HAZELNUT SPREADS

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #3: HAZELNUT SPREADS

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: Ads for the most popular hazelnut spread, Nutella, claim that it's “an example of a tasty yet balanced breakfast.” Commercials show a mom feeding it to her healthy kids while the label includes a picture of Nutella surrounded by "healthy" items such as fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and orange…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #2: SPINACH PASTA

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #2: SPINACH PASTA

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: It’s a sneaky way to add a vegetable to an otherwise carb-heavy meal. It’s green and, thus, healthy. WHY IT'S NOT: The amount of freeze-dried spinach that is added to the noodles is enough to make it green, but that’s about it. There isn’t enough to provide any nutritional benefits compared to…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #1: WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

  Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #1: WHOLE WHEAT BREAD WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: Whole grains are far superior to refined white bread because of the added bran and vitamins. American nutritional guidelines recommend that half or more of your grains be whole. WHY IT'S NOT: Sure, the extra bran adds a tiny bit more…