Undercover Calories

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Undercover Calories
Between health blogs and daily talk shows, the air is completely saturated with rumor of “miracle foods” and lists of the “best” things you can do for your body. Companies are capitalizing on the market’s health obsession – whether that be a protein-rich diet, plant-based, low-carb, or anywhere in between, and their sketchy half-true claims and advertisements aren’t doing customers any good. With so much conversation swarming, it’s difficult to differentiate the fact from fiction, and figure outexactly what it is that you need to be doing to put your best foot forward. Enough is enough with yo-yo dieting and unauthentic product endorsements, it’s due time your eyes are opened to the truth behind the pretty packaging of those grocery store items commonly regarded as “healthy” and “safe”. Explore the following and take note, as you could be falling victim to false claims regarding the health effects of certain products. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled, always ensure that you are fully aware of what you are nourishing your body with.

Muffins
Just because they’re not glazed with icing and topped with rainbow sprinkles doesn’t mean that they’re much better. In fact, bakery muffins have on average 340-630 calories each, while an average medium doughnut has less than 200, and a plain commercial bagel is in the upper-200 range (260-280). Because they often have fruit additives (ex. Blueberry Muffin), consumers are frequently tricked into thinking that they are being healthy, but that is not so much the case. Beware of added sugars, artificial flavors, and sodium, especially in commercially-prepared muffins, because the ingredients add up.

Peanut Butter
Health gurus rave about nut butters, but the truth is that they’re only healthy when they’re prepared with minimal ingredients. The nut butters most of us stock our pantries with are mass-produced and have countless additives included in their recipes to ensure the ingredients do not separate within the jars and the butter its self is at the proper consistency.

Fruit Chips
“They’re made of fruit, so they must be healthy” is the justification we give ourselves while filling our grocery carts with bags of the stuff, but it is imperative that the packaging be checked prior to purchase to ensure that fruit is the only ingredient. Commonly, such snacks will have added sugars and preservatives that completely ruin the purpose of the fruit snacks and turn them into a candy rather than a health food. Furthermore, while keeping fruit chips on hand is convenient, it’s less nutritional than consuming the fruit in its natural form. If you can, stick to foods in their most natural states.

Salad Dressings
Salad is the health food most of us picture when we think about the word “diet,” making it one of the most commonly prepared dishes for individuals looking to lose weight. What many people don’t know, though, is that eating a salad tossed in loads of dressing is just as bad for you as anything else. Salad dressings, especially commercially prepared ones, tend to be filled with sugars, oils, fats, and artificial chemicals, and coating your veggies with it is essentially cancelling out all of the ‘good’ you may perceive that you are doing for your body.

Smoothies
Unless prepared at home, you’re putting yourself at risk for drinking something packed with artificial flavors, sugars, preservatives, and sweetened yogurts. Because traditional smoothies are made with all-natural ingredients, companies cannot package and sell them in a timely fashion without including extra additives in their formulas to increase their longevity and give them more shelf appeal, so they pack them with sugars and turn the healthy option into a candy-bar equivalent.

Frozen Yogurt
“Frozen Yogurt” has a far better connotation than “Ice Cream,” but did you know that they are essentially the same product? When you compare the nutrition facts side-by-side, you’ll find that they actually have similar nutritional value, especially in terms of sugar and calories. Traditional yogurt has live cultures in it, which is what makes it ‘healthy,’ but many frozen yogurts use heat as a part of the preparation process, which kills these cultures and places it on the same level as your average serving of ice cream or pudding.

Fruit Juices
Like fruit chips, just because it has the word “fruit” in the title doesn’t mean that it should be automatically regarded as a health food. Many brands, even if they advertise that their product is “100% pure” or “not from concentrate,” use fruit by-products to give their beverage an additional kick of flavor. In essence, many of the most popular fruit juice brands are selling fruit-flavored sugar water, which are comparable to canned sodas. Additionally, when consuming fruit in in juice form, our bodies do not get the same benefits that they would by eating the fruit in whole. When we eat fruit, our bodies must break down the food, and, in turn, absorb their nutrients and eventually become full. When we drink fruit juice, we consume the equivalent amount of sugars as multiple pieces of fruit, but without the satiating effects – allowing us to consume more without yielding equal benefit.

*Individual results may vary. Seek medical advice before starting any service including a weight loss program or med spa treatment. Contact us to make sure this is the right solution for you.