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)
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:
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!
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.
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.
The only difference between frozen yogurt and ice cream is that the former has less saturated fat. Calories and sugar remain the same.
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.
A small bowl of granola has a high level of trans fat and sugar that can increase the risk of heart diseases.
Try to restrict yourself to either plain peanuts or salted peanuts – anything more than that turns unhealthy.
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:
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 contain sugar and preservatives to help improve their shelf life and thus have more calories than fresh fruits.