You want to eat healthier. And who doesn’t?
“Low-fat,” one package says. “Sugar-free,” another proclaims. The juice box on the end-cap practically yells at you, “Made with real fruit!”
It’s fantastic, right? Everyone’s on your side – making eating healthy easier than ever before.
Well… not so fast.
Many “healthy” foods aren’t actually healthy at all, misleading you with great claims while containing unhealthy, and in some cases even harmful, ingredients.
Thankfully, you’re in the right place to look beyond the bogus claims and tell the good health foods from the bad. The following list breaks down fifteen of the biggest offenders that claim they’re great for your health when they’re actually not.
1. Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is one of those things that most people drink to try and consume more fruit. It’s a healthier alternative to soda, right?Well… maybe not so much. Some fruit juices have more sugar than Coca Cola.
While whole fruit is healthy for you, fruit juice can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Why is that?
One big reason is that fruit juice doesn’t have the fiber of whole fruits. That fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar, letting your body handle it easier. Without that fiber, you’re susceptible to sugar highs and crashes, as well as unwanted weight gain.
Sticking to whole fruits is the way to go. Rather than orange juice, why not buy fresh oranges? Or, swap out fruit punch for berries, grapes, and watermelon.
One great thing about dropping fruit juice for whole fruits is you have more choices in flavors. You can choose the types of apples you like, or if you prefer citrus, you can have clementines – rather than plain old orange juice.
Drop fruit juice like it’s hot and your body will thank you.