Wednesday’s Food for Thought: To Eat or Not to Eat…

Written by Kevin Jutras, Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living, Spring 2013

Some foods that people tend to think are healthy and/or “good” for them are actually quite the opposite. In one study, 13 different foods were assessed and analyzed for their nutritional information and it was surprising to discover how unhealthy they actually were. For example, granola is typically thought of to be a “healthy” breakfast food, however, it is actually loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. [Granola should be used as a once in a while food and eaten in moderation. Check serving sizes – a lot of times it’s listed as 1/4 of a cup which isn’t much. Think of it as a topping for ice cream, yogurt or other whole grain cereal.]

Another item that is thought to be nutritious is Vitamin Water. It wouldn’t be wrong to think so due to it’s name, but Vitamin Water has an ingredient listed as crystalline fructose, another word for sugar. This beverage has 50 calories per serving, with 2 and a half servings per bottle makes it basically equivalent to drinking a soda. These are just examples of some foods that are said to be healthy, but actually aren’t.

Foods like these should really be labeled more effectively and should not have such a big reputation for being healthy.

What are other “health” foods you eat that may not really be all they’re cracked up to be?

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