Eating well can be tricky, especially if you rely on processed foods. Be sure to always read labels, as you’re probably consuming more sugar and salt than you realize.
These products are advertised as health foods, yet are actually anything but healthy.
Pre-made salads: Croutons, bacon, dried fruit, cheese and dressing push up the calorie counts on some restaurant and grocery store salads. In fact, here are 25 that have more calories than a Big Mac.
Granola: Many brands are loaded with sweeteners; adding them to your yogurt is not much different from eating a candy bar.
Juices and smoothies: These are also full of sugar. (Here are 25 fruit drinks with more sugar than a Coke!) In fact, you probably drink way more sugar than you know. You’re better off making your own smoothies out of yogurt and fruit — with no sweetener.
Instant oatmeal: Oats are a good source of whole grain, but flavored oatmeal typically contains added sugar and artificial colors. Instead, make traditional oatmeal and jazz it up with cinnamon and other spices.
Veggie chips: Sure, they’re better for you than potato chips, but that doesn’t make them healthy. In fact, they tend to have far more sodium than Lay’s.
Protein bars: Added sugars and artificial ingredients almost always lurk in these. Read the label before you commit to one!