5 “Healthy” Foods that are Misleading


Evan Chen, Contreebitory

Many of the foods labeled today as “healthy” are actually quite the opposite. Here is the unfortunate truth about 5 foods that are misleading.

1. Multi-grain Bread

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Wholesome and staple you’d think that this 7-grain loaf of bread is nutritious, but actually those words mean nothing as these breads actually contain refined grains, which lacks the fiber our bodies need to absorb sugar in our bloodstream. This will cause spikes in your blood levels after consumption which in turn will lead to cravings.

2. Reduced-fat Peanut Butter

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So let me get this straight, while many believe all fat is bad for you, that is actually quite false, as the fat from nuts is healthy. So what’s wrong with reduced-fat peanut butter? Well the problem is that companies are forced to add more sugar to compensate for the lack of fat which in turn makes it worse than it counter part, regular peanut butter.

3. Sushi

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Fresh fish and delectable seaweed, what could possibly be wrong? The problem is that the soy sauce you love dipping your sushi in is extremely high in sodium, as a matter of fact, 1 teaspoon can contain over 1000 milligrams of sodium. Oh, and if you don’t dip your sushi in soy sauce, there is always the problem of the mayonnaise rich sauces and vinegar soaked rice, which contains even more salt, and consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, and even stroke.

4. Trail Mix

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Not all trail mix is bad, but unfortunately many grocery store brands are, as they may contain unhealthy add-ons such as M&M’s, deep fried banana chips, yogurt covered raisins, and salty nuts. The recommended maximum salt intake for adults is 5 grams per day, and eating trail mix on a consistent basis can easily exceed this limit.

5. Prepared Salads

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Everyone thinks salad is healthy, but is it really? Most restaurant salads contain croutons, cheese and are filled with salad dressings that are high in fat content making them quite the opposite of what they were thought to be.