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“Healthy” Snacks

Sometimes what you think is healthy, isn’t so healthy after all.

When you’re hungry or low on energy, a good snack is just what you need to make it until your next meal. While many people think you have to avoid snacks if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s not true. Of course, chips, cookies, and donuts won’t help your waistline. But the right snacks certainly can. Just be careful!

It’s easy to be fooled by the advertising on food packages. Snack foods may claim to be low in calories, carbs, sodium, fat, or artificial ingredients or high in whole grains or natural ingredients, but this doesn’t make them healthy. If you want to lose weight and eat healthily, you’ve got to be picky about your snacks.
How can you pick the snacks that will hurt your diet and not hurt it? By watching out for a few “healthy” snack foods.

Claim: Vegan

Going vegan is becoming more popular for health and environmental reasons. While cutting back on animal products is one way to improve health, it’s not a guaranteed thing. And you may be surprised to learn that vegan-friendly foods aren’t always healthy. That’s right. There is such a thing as vegan junk food. It may not contain eggs, dairy, meat, or other animal products, but it can still be highly processed or high in added sugar, calories, or sodium.

Claim: Gluten-Free

Only a small percentage of people have celiac disease and can’t process the wheat protein. Most people who avoid or limit gluten are sensitive, intolerant, or experimenting to improve their health. Others are just trying to keep up with fads. As a result of so many going gluten-free, gluten-free products are all over the place. But beware! Not all gluten-free foods are healthy. Many are still high in refined starches, added sugar, and calories and low in nutrients.

Claim: Organic

Organic is another health trend. It’s understandable. Non-organic foods are grown with the use of potentially harmful pesticides. Unfortunately, as with all other types of food, organic doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. There are plenty of processed, organic foods. Many are made with ingredients that have the same health effect as non-organic ingredients. For example, organic raw cane sugar may sound like a healthy sweetener, but your body processes it just like regular sugar.

Claim: Low Carb

Who doesn’t want a low-carb snack? Low-carb diets are a popular way to lose weight because they work. Well, at least in the short term. But many people don’t care. They just want to cut carbs because they heard it works. To make a quick buck, snack manufacturers market many low-carb options. Just be sure to check the nutrition label on any low-carb snack you eat. Many are highly processed, low in nutrients, and full of refined ingredients and chemicals.

Claim: Whole Grain

Yes, whole grains and other high-fiber foods are good for you, but sometimes that’s all that’s good about a food. Watch out for breakfast cereals and instant oatmeal. They make claims about containing heart-healthy whole grains or high fiber content. They promise to be a good source of vitamins and minerals. A closer look at the nutrition label, however, shows those so-called healthy foods are full of added sugar, refined grains, and artificial ingredients.

Claim: All Natural Fruit

Are you a fan of juice, yogurt, cereal bars, fruit gummy snacks, and fruit cups? If you care about your health, you probably pick the ones made with real fruit or fruit juice. Hate to break the bad news, but that doesn’t make them healthy. Along with the natural fruit, they likely contain high amounts of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors.