By Rafael Bustamante
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Do you keep track of everything you eat and drink every day? While choosing healthy isn't alway the easiest, especially if you're on a student budget, it's still a struggle even if you're willing to splurge a little bit. There are actually a lot of food that is considered "healthy," but, apparently, can be bad for you. That's why checking nutrition labels is a good habit to develop!
Here, we will scrutinize every foods that most people believe are "healthy," but, in reality, isn't really so.
1. Wheat Bread
You've probably heard from a health buff that wheat bread is better than your average white bread. However, these days, not all wheat breads are made of 100% wheat. Not only is it less nutritious, it may also contain a larger amount of sugar than you may think. Check the ingredients before choosing a brand to buy!
2. Flavored Soy Milk
Soy milk is a great alternative to fresh milk when you're vegan because it's a good source of protein and other essential nutrients, but the flavored ones aren't entirely healthy because of the added sugar and calories in them. Drinking it once in a while isn't all bad either, just make sure you achieve a balance.
3. Dried Fruits and Vegetables
Basically, when fruits and veggies are dried, they lose a lot of their natural nutrients because most of the "juices" are drained. The worse part is that some have added sulfur and sugar to preserve them for longer shelf life. Yikes!
4. Fruit Juice
Fruit juices are totally healthy if they are 100% natural. If you didn't squeeze them out of the fruit itself, there is a huge chance they are mostly made up of sugar. Again, make sure to read the label for the ingredients to make the better choice!
5. Sports Drinks
Do you choose sports drinks to hydrate instead of water? Sure, it's not so bad. After all, it promises rehydration, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. You just have to be cautious of the sugar in these beverages, that's all. For those who are less active, sports drinks are not really necessary. Why not just go for good ol' water?
With oats, nuts, and seeds, it's no contest that granola has health benefits. Fiber and iron are present in impressive numbers, together with unsaturated fat. However, this "healthy" snack can also be high in sugar and oil content, so better check up on a particular package's nutrition facts.
Like they always say, take everything in moderation! Too much of a good thing is still bad, after all.
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