21 foods that sound healthy, but are not

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Baked, low-fat, multi-grain, gluten-free, vegan. Sometimes our efforts to make healthy choices can end up backfiring in unexpected ways. Low-fat or fat-free can come at the price of sacrificing nutrients, and gluten-free goods can pack just as many calories, sugars and fats as their full-gluten counterparts – if not more! Plus did you know, that many types of bread labeled “multi-grain” and “wheat,” are actually made with refined or bleach flour? Here is a list of 21 seemingly–healthy foods that are not actually healthy choices. You might be surprised to find that some of these culprits are foods that you eat on a daily basis.

Terms such as “multi-grain,” “7-grain,” and “wheat” sound healthy on package labels, but the breads inside may not actually be made from heart-healthy whole grains. Many types of bread labeled “multi-grain” and “wheat” are typically made with refined grains. Whole grains, by definition, are foods that contain all the essential parts of the entire grain seed; this includes the bran, germ, and endosperm. Without processing, these components remain intact and provide more protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. How can you be sure you’re getting whole grains? Read nutrition labels carefully. If the first item in the ingredient list is refined flour (it will typically say “bleached” or “unbleached enriched wheat flour”), you are not getting 100 percent whole-grain bread! READ MORE…

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