8 FOODS THAT ARE CONSIDERED HEALTHY BUT ARE ACTUALLY NOT

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Thanks to marketing and social media, advertisements play a major role in helping you make lifestyle choices; which means they can make or break your health. Today, there are many foods in the market that are rigorously promoted under the labels “sugar-free”, “fat-free” and “all-natural”. But how healthy are they in reality? Let’s take a closer look at 8 of these so-called “healthy” choices.
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FLAVOURED SOYMILK
If you are sticking to soy milk to cut down on calories, then stay away from the flavoured ones. The strawberry, chocolate and butterscotch flavours taste yummy but contain high amounts of sugar and calories.
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DRY FRUITS
Though organic dry fruits are quite healthy, the ones available in the market are often caked with sulfur and sugar in order to increase their shelf lives. Make sure you check the labels thoroughly the next time you buy dry fruit.
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GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS
Health-freaks all over the globe are embracing gluten-free products in the name of a healthier lifestyle. Alas, though free of gluten, these products are loaded with preservatives and chemicals. It is best to opt for fresh fruits and veggies if you actually want to tread the gluten-free road.
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WHEAT BREAD
Yes. Even your beloved wheat bread is on the list. Check if the packaging says “100 percent whole wheat”; if not the chances are that the bread is mostly white, with a bit of wheat added to it. Also, check whether every slice consists at least two grams of fiber; if so, your bread is actually healthy.
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DIET SODA
Diet sodas are choke-full of artificial flavours and sodium. Consuming sodas also makes you crave sugar and junk food, thus hiking up your obesity risk. The next time you get thirsty, just stick to water or natural fruits juices.
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PACKAGED FRUIT JUICES
Even though companies claim that their products contain 100 percent natural fruit juice, the mile-long ingredient list on the containers will tell you otherwise. If you want your fruit juice to be healthy, then make it at home.
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PROTEIN BARS
Most protein bars contain numerous preservatives and sugar added to them. Flip the package and skim through the ingredient list to see how healthy your protein bar actually is. Does it contain more than 8 grams of sugar or 200 calories? Then your protein bar is just a slightly healthier version of a candy bar.
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FROZEN YOGURT
People tend to eat frozen yogurt under the impression that it is much healthier than ice cream. Granted that it contains fewer calories than ice cream. But frozen yogurt usually contains plenty of preservatives, sugar and artificial flavours.
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It’s time for a reality check folks! Truth is that too much of anything is not good for you, especially if they come in packages or are the byproducts of something else. Always make it a point to check the ingredient list of the foods that you purchase and opt for organic foods instead of canned or processed ones. Being cautious pays off big time, if not sooner, then later.

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