‘Health Food’ that May Be Bad for You!


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Achieving a healthy weight is a big challenge for everyone, including Latinos, and dietary change is a big part of the solution.

But beware: Not all foods sold as “healthy” live up to that billing.

Food marketers often push products that promise great taste and numerous health benefits, that, according to a USA Today report, could cause more harm than good.

Here’s the “skinny” on some of those products that food experts found to not be as healthy as they are supposed to be.

veggie-chipsVeggie Chips

Billed as healthier alternatives to potato chips, the majority of these products are made from sweet potatoes, beets, and taro root. However, Kim Larson, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics, told told USA Today that veggie chips are fully a marketing strategy. They are still fried like “regular” chips and because they are processed, most of the nutrients from their base ingredients have been lost. They are also high in salt, fat, and calories.


A drink that is often a meal replacement that’s made from fruits and veggies has to be good, right? Well, not so much, according to Larson. Smoothies are popular because they taste really good. Adding in sherbet and ice cream, they are often high in sugar and in calories. While they give you a “burst of energy,” they don’t keep you feeling full for long.


A salad has always been the tried and true go to food for dieters and those trying to simply eat healthier. However, it all depends on what you put on them. Salad dressings are notorious for hiding unwanted calories. Toppings like croutons, cheese, and nuts also add calories. A good tip, at restaurants, always order the salad dressing on the side.

Dried Fruits

When it comes to dried fruits, you have to make sure to read the nutrition information on the package. While they are often good sources of fiber and minerals, some companies add extra sugar to make the fruits taste better. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Vandana Sheth told USA Today that dried cranberries and dried pineapples are the worst “culprits.” Dried dates, apples, and raisins are better options.

See what other foods are mentioned in full report.


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