Beware Of Healthy Foods That Contain Hidden Calories!

 

If you thought smoothies, granola and energy bars were completely “healthy” here’s a spoiler – they have a horde of hidden calories!

Here are some more such foods that have hidden calories (and you’d want to think twice before consuming them)

Smoothies:

Have a whole fresh fruit instead of smoothies

Have a whole fresh fruit instead of smoothies

Surprisingly, smoothies, though they appear healthy, may include more calories than a burger! Although fruit smoothies contain plant-based nutrients, an extra 650-1000 calories are added in the form of sugar and syrups.

Snack mix or trail mix:

Snack mix contains more calories than a bowl of regular cereal

Snack mix contains more calories than a bowl of regular cereal

Especially the readymade versions that are available in stores are loaded with sugar-coated minis, raisins and deep fried banana chips. All this contains almost 300 calories in the form of sugars, trans fats and refined carbohydrates. So, stay away from them!

Energy bars:

Opt for homemade energy bars instead of the pre-packaged ones

Opt for homemade energy bars instead of the pre-packaged ones

So you really thought these were the perfect pre-workout munch? Think again! The ingredients of these bars include high fructose corn syrup, artificial and natural sugars, and saturated fats. All this and 350 calories! Not quite ideal for pre-workout.

Bran muffins:

Bran-muffins don't really save you from getting fat

Bran-muffins don’t really save you from getting fat; they add to it!

Most bran muffins offer no health advantage over doughnuts because most commercially-sold bran muffins contain about 800 calories of sugar and fat! This ends up making it higher than a traditional cake.

Frozen yogurt:

Frozen flavored yogurt contains the same amount of sugar and calories

Frozen flavored yogurt contains the same amount of sugar and calories as ice cream

The only difference between frozen yogurt and ice cream is that the former has less saturated fat. Calories and sugar remain the same.

Fat-free dessert:

Believe it or not, fat free desserts aren't really 'fat free'

Believe it or not, fat-free desserts aren’t really ‘fat free’

The idea of a fat-free dessert can be deceiving because it can make you think it’s calorie-free. But since the fat is replaced with sugar, you can end up consuming a higher number of calories than you would have otherwise.

Granola:

Granola is not ideal for everyday breakfast

Granola is not ideal for everyday breakfast

A small bowl of granola has a high level of trans fat and sugar that can increase the risk of heart diseases.

Peanut butter:

Peanuts are good. Peanut butter? Not really!

Peanuts are good. Peanut butter? Not really!

Try to restrict yourself to either plain peanuts or salted peanuts – anything more than that turns unhealthy.

Salads:

No, not all salads are healthy

No, not all salads are healthy

Assuming that any salad is healthy is the biggest mistake some people make. Ready-to-eat tuna salads, chicken salads or shrimp salads contain hidden fats and calories from high mayonnaise content.

Multi grain bread:

Multi-grain breads could be made of refined flour

Multi-grain breads could be made of refined flour

Many types of multi-grain bread are made with refined grains which do not provide full nutritional benefit that whole grains are known for.

Dried fruits:

Most dried fruits are loaded with sugars to increase their shelf life

Most dried fruits are loaded with sugars to improve their shelf life

Dried fruits contain sugar and preservatives to help improve their shelf life and thus have more calories than fresh fruits.

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