By placing misleading advertisements and labels on what is actually junk food the food industry has actually made it hard to know what is healthy and what is not, .
Here are three foods that are bad for your health, despite claims that they’re healthy.
Whole grain bread
Bread is pretty high in calories and low in vitamins, and even fiber. Sliced white bread already contains up to 3g of sugar per slice, but the typical whole-wheat bread uses even more sugar to mask the bitterness of whole wheat flour.
Instead: Bread in moderate quantities is a good complement to your diet, but it’s better if you can buy bread without added sugars, especially if it’s whole grain. They are often sold at local bakeries and not at the supermarket.
Depending on the recipe used, granola can be very unhealthy due to the high doses of sugar it contains. Most of the time, dried fruit is added too, which elevates its sugar content even more. Although granola in itself isn’t harmful, high doses of sugar can threaten your health. The honey used by commercial brands can also be highly processed, which often contains hidden sweeteners, or even corn syrup.
Instead: Make your own granola at home with no sugar and good quality honey. If you opt for commercial muesli or granola, check the nutritional facts to avoid fake-healthy or high-sugar mixtures. Mind your portions regardless of whether it’s homemade or not.
That includes orange juice! For decades, the food industry has sold fruit juices and smoothies as a healthy alternative to regular fruit. Not only does it contain the same amount of sugars as soda, but also, it lacks vitamins and contains empty calories that won’t give you energy.
Instead: Eat regular fruit. If you really like juice, you can make it at home, but remember that it still contains a lot more sugars than eating the fruit normally.