Have you ever wondered if what you are eating is healthy? If a company has a lot of money to market, they will label anything on the package to sell the product. Most convenient foods are full of sugar and fat and made up of refined and processed foods.
Here are some examples of unhealthy foods that may add to your waistline and your cholesterol.
Granola Bars (Nature Valley Oats bar) 190 calories, 29 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams sugar, 4 grams protein.
This is equivalent to eating 2 slices of bread with almost 3 tsp. jelly.
Honey Roasted Salted Nuts: Nuts are healthy right, only if they are not covered with salt and sugar.
On average 1oz (1/8 cup nuts) is 166 calories, 14 grams fat, 8 grams sugar and 5 grams protein. It would be better to get raw peanuts. The honey roasted variety contain equivalent to 2 tsp. sugar. Always watch SERVNG SIZE with nuts. One cup of nuts is approximately 820 calories.
Fat free Yogurt with Fruit: Yogurt is a great snack or even addition to your meals. However, a typical brand of yogurt with fruit contains about 170 calories and has 26 grams sugar. Please understand that some of this sugar may be milk sugar, however, 26 grams is equal to eating almost 7 tsp sugar. This is a lot of sugar considering the yogurt only has 5 grams of protein. The third ingredient on this specific yogurt is sugar, yikes, the 5th ingredient is modified corn starch (AKA sugar). That is a lot of sugar for a “health” food.
Microwave Butter Popcorn: Popcorn sounds healthy to most people. It is high in fiber, however, popcorn, usually also contains lots of oil and/or butter. 1 cup of buttered popcorn contains 165 calories, 9 grams fat , 19 grams carbohydrates and 2 grams protein. This particular brand contains 400mg sodium (1/8 tsp salt).
This does not sound too bad, but, let’s look at the serving size. 1 cup of popcorn is not much. 9 grams of fat for 1 cup is a lot of fat. Visualize pouring 2 tsp. of butter on each 1 cup serving.
If you eat 4 cups of popcorn, which is easy to do, you will be essentially eating; 660 calories, 36 grams fat, 76 grams carbohydrate and 8 grams protein. This would be similar to eating a large basket of chips with nacho cheese sauce and bacon pieces on top.
Regular chips: Speaking of chips, have you seen the nutrition labels recently? Chips are mainly fried and flavored with salt. That sounds healthy and nutritious.
17 chips are approximately; 170 calories, 9 grams fat, 15 grams fat and 2 grams protein.
Who eats only 17 chips? Chips are easy to over eat.
If you choose chips, limit them to snack size bags and only eat baked chips. Chips should be a special occasion food, not a food you eat everyday. The calories and salt intake add up quickly with chips.
Hot pocket: Need a quick meal? Please try not and buy a hot pocket, one pocket contains; 310 calories, 13 grams fat, 36 grams carbohydrate, and 12 grams protein. Plus, has a excess sodium of 770mg per serving. You would be better off eating a grilled chicken breast with 2/3 cup whole wheat pasta, with sauce and your favorite steamed vegetable on the side.
Cheese it snack mix: Snack mixes are easy to over eat. They taste good and the salt brings you back for more and more handfuls. A 1/2 cup serving of snack mix provides; 120 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 21 grams carbohydrates, 290mg sodium, and 3 grams protein.
You would be better off eating 1/2 sandwich with a piece of fruit for a healthy snack. Avoid boxed foods, they are processed and very unhealthy!!!
1. Eat fresh and unprocessed foods
2. Avoid foods in a box, i.e. crackers, cookies, chips, frozen dinner meals.
3. If you have time, make time to make your own crackers, chips, cookies and snacks. It will be worth it in the long run.
4. Keep your meals simple and healthy. Avoid going more than 6 hours without eating, this may cause you to over eat from being over hungry.
5. Use food as your fuel. Don’t just fill up on processed foods that may damage your body!!