8 Food Items You Thought Were Healthy

by Suzanne Cullen

Everybody tries to eat healthy, not only to avoid gaining excessive amounts of weight, but also to try and live a longer, more pleasant life. However, there are some foods out there that people consider to be healthy (or at least healthier than the alternatives) that are actually hurting them. Some of these food items are processed, but some of them are naturally occurring. Here are some things to watch out for next time you’re buying groceries:

Whole Wheat/Grain Breads

Most people make the assumption that breads labeled “whole wheat” or “whole grain” are healthy. There are a wide variety of breads that are whole wheat or whole grain, but ironically, they still contain refined flour ingredients. Breads containing refined flour can actually spike blood sugar levels, leading to unnecessary weight gain, hyperinsulinism and diabetes.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter in its organic state is very oily and contains high amounts of monounsaturated fats. However, the most common forms of peanut butter that people buy are processed and contain high amounts of sugar.

Fruit Smoothies

Smoothies tend to be a very popular drink for those who are avid gym-goers. However, what most people don’t know is that most smoothie shops or restaurants that make smoothies use purees and mixes that contain high amounts of sugar. Even when smoothie shops use “fresh fruit,” these frozen fruits usually sit in a base that contains high amounts of sugar and artificial preservatives. If you want fruit, eat fruit. Don’t buy the smoothie version.

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