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Is Your Healthy Food Really Healthy?

Just because something is labeled healthy, doesn’t necessarily mean it is. In fact, there are several foods that we are told are good for you, but in fact, they are loaded with extra calories, fat and carbs. So if you are dieting and trying to lose weight, or just trying to eat better, beware of these following items.

Did you know that veggie chips are just as fattening as the potato chips you are trying to avoid? Aside from having food coloring added, they also contain as many calories, fat sodium and carbs as potato chips. They are marketed as healthy merely as a publicity ploy.

Some so called “healthy” protein bars are disguised candy bars. They have a tremendous amount of sugar and fat. For protein, try leafy green vegetables like kale, chard and spinach. Or try eating legumes such as chickpeas and lentils.

Fruit at the bottom yogurt is also deceiving. The fruit is mixed with a syrupy base that contains both sugar and carbs. Instead, opt for plain yogurt topped with fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

A new trend in pasta is quinoa pasta. Quinoa is a seed and therefore most people assume it is lower in carbohydrates and fat. Think again. One of the main ingredients in quinoa pasta is corn flour that is actually higher in carbs and has the same amount of calories as traditional pasta! Look for quinoa pasta that has one ingredient: quinoa pasta.

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