Avoid These “Healthy” Foods

Are you looking for a way to eat healthier? Join the club. You may be surprised to find that some of the foods you think are healthy are actually bad for you.

The more you learn about the food you are eating the better off you are going to be. There is nothing worse than thinking you are eating healthy, just to find that this has not been the case.

Here are 13 “healthy” foods to avoid:

1. Fast Food Chicken Caesar Salad. Rather than order a Big Mac with fries, for example, some people think that a chicken Caesar salad is the way to go. But did you know that McDonald’s version of this popular meal has 890 mg of sodium?

2. Frozen Chicken and Pasta Dinner. Nothing better than a quick dinner that tastes good and is healthy, right? Well, not if you are eating frozen chicken and pasta every night. For example, Bertolli Roasted Chicken and Linguine has roughly 1,350 mg of sodium. Imagine how bad it would be if you ate both servings, which is quite doable.

3. Boxed Rice Pilaf. Rice can’t be bad. Yea right! Many of the most popular Spanish rice from a box has over 900 mg of sodium per serving.

4. Fat-Free Cottage Cheese. If it is fat-free it has to be good for me. That is unless you are eating fat-free cottage cheese, such as the product from Breakstone. With more than 400 mg of sodium per serving, you are sure to get your daily requirement after just a few bites.

5. Frozen Meatless Indian Dinners. Once again, frozen dinners are on the list. People love a fast meal, especially when they think it is healthy for them. Don’t be surprised to find that one of these meals contains approximately 20 g of fat.

6. Regular Jarred Tomato Sauce. Prego Traditional Italian Sauce tastes great. However, it is not always good for you. Did you know that one jar has 10 g of sugar? This is something many people are surprised to learn, being that it does not show through in the taste.

7. Fruit Juice Cocktails. I am going to drink an Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail instead of a soda because it is better for me. Is that so? One eight ounce glass of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail has as much sugar as a single can of soda. You might as well crack open a Pepsi!

8. Low-Fat Ice Cream. Just because a product is described as “low-fat” does not mean it is good for you. For example, a half cup serving of Häagen-Dazs Low-Fat Vanilla Frozen Yogurt has 21 g of sugar. Did you know that this is more than half the amount that you would eat in a regular serving of ice cream?

9. Fat-Free Salad Dressing. Yet another fat-free myth. Many of your favorite “fat-free” salad dressings are loaded with sugar.

10. Poultry Sausage. Yes, it tastes good. No, you don’t want to overdo it on products such as Aidells Smoked Chicken and Apple sausage. With 160 calories and 11 g of fat per link, you are going to find yourself going overboard soon enough.

11. Baked Veggie Chips. These are baked and based on vegetables. How bad could they be? Even though this is the case, a one ounce serving still has 8 g of fat.

12. Greek Yogurt. This is one of the most common lunch time items for people all over the world. But guess what? It can be bad for your body. For example, a cup of Fage Total Plain Classic Greek Yogurt has 300 calories and 23 g of fat.

13. Movie Theater Popcorn. There is nothing like heading to the movies and feeding your face with some fresh popped popcorn. Before you do this, you may want to consider all the saturated fat that you are putting into your body.

On the surface, you may not think that these types of food are bad for you. However, you now know different. If you are trying to eat healthy, day in and day out, do your best to avoid these foods. You may want to splurge from time to time, but you definitely don’t want to be eating these foods everyday.

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