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Beware! Junk Foods in Disguiseposted @8:00am ET on July 9, 2008
Imagine yourself walking down the grocery store aisle. You see foods chock-full of vitamins, bran and fruit and vegetables. They must be healthy right?
Well, maybe not! Take a closer look at foods labeled as healthy. They’re probably not all they’re made out to be. They may be “junk” foods in disguise or foods that are less healthy.
This doesn’t mean we should avoid them at all costs, but rather enjoy them in moderation. Think twice about the foods listed below.
1. Bran Muffins. Not all bran muffins are created equally. I’m not talking about your homemade bran muffin, rather, I am referring to that supersized bran muffin at the coffee shop. Just because it has the word “bran” in it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Most coffee shop or store bought bran muffins are loaded with fat and calories due to their large size (equal to about 5 servings from the grain group!). A typical muffin is 5 ounces and contains 400-500 calories and 15 grams of fat! You’re better off making your own low-fat (and smaller) muffins at home.
2. Fruit and Vegetable Chips. You’ve seen them – gourmet potato chips made from or with fruits and vegetables. Even though they may bear the words “natural” or “organic”, they are still typically calorie dense and salty or fried. You’re better off eating sliced apples or carrots – they are naturally low in calorie and filling!
3. Cereal Bars. Remember the days when there were just a few cereal ... Continue
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