When Are Healthy Foods Not So Healthy?

Food & Living 841 Hits > 2010-06-01 23:42:22

When Are Healthy Foods Not So Healthy?

It's no secret that healthy foods are the key to a healthy body. So we diligently study nutrition labels as we walk through the grocery story and we stock up on low-fat, low-sodium, and low-calorie foods. We're always counting calories and trying to eat high-protein foods. But are we fooling ourselves? Would we be just as healthy chowing down on an ice cream sundae? Maybe...

You probably feel very proud of yourself when, after a good workout, you try to replenish your system with a handful of trail mix, a protein bar or some whole-grain crackers. But you may not know that just one serving of trail mix has the same number of calories as four bite-sized Snickers bars. A high-protein Carb Solutions Chocolate Fudge Almond bar has 230 calories -- the same amount as a bag of M&Ms. And those reduced-fat Wheat Thins with 11 grams of whole grain per serving? Nearly 300 milligrams of sodium -- more sodium than one serving of Original Fritos Corn Chips.

Many "healthy" foods are labeled as such because of small portion sizes or because they have been enriched with protein or fiber.

But nutrition labels don't lie -- there might be some unintended consequences to eating those foods. That low-cal, low-fat frozen dinner contains huge amounts of sodium to preserve taste. And several high-protein power bars contain as many calories as a serving of ice cream.

Are healthy foods really healthy? Local dieticians say the key to healthy eating is learning to become a savvy shopper.

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