Are Those Healthy Snacks Really What You Think They Are?

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Have you ever eaten some food that you thought was healthy for you, but in actuality wasn’t? Some of the most popular foods may seem like a harmless, low-calorie snack, but today’s leading food manufacturers have found a way to throw off your whole dieting plan. Many of these seemingly healthy foods are not really very healthy at all because¬†they are strangely calorie-packed.

Today I received a call from my girlfriend after she ate a microwaveable soft pretzel. Being a very health-conscious person, she thought this would be a reasonable quick and low-calorie snack while at work. After being curious and reading the nutritional facts, her perception quickly changed about these pretzels. At first she read and noticed that it contained 180 calories, which seemed somewhat alright. As she read a little closer, she saw that the 180 calories was only for one serving, which is only HALF of the pretzel! How did the makers find a way to pack in nearly 400 calories in a pretzel?! Of course this calorie total doesn’t account for the extra dippings that you have with the pretzel. You couldn’t eat one of those without adding some trusty mustard or cheese sauce! It is unfortunate that these pretzels, among many other seemingly healthy snacks, completely devoid any of the nutritional facts that are listed. You would think with the calorie amount and nutritional elements, it would keep a person full for quite some time, but it just doesn’t.

Another example of a tricky food is dried fruit, and especially those with extra sugar added. Those suckers can have over 200 calories per ounce, depending on the fruit. For example, you could eat 2 large Fuji apples or a handful of dried cranberries to have about the equivalent calorie count. Many of these fruits also lack the amount of fiber found in the non-dried version. Keep a keen eye towards the ingredients of these dried fruits and steer clear from anything that doesn’t seem naturally occurring. If there is sugar added to any dried fruits, on average, it adds about 100 calories per serving.

If we consume these types of foods in between our three full meals, we would most definitely exceed our daily calorie count. Just be sure to check out all nutritional values and ingredients before scarfing down that next “healthy” snack, it may just become your fourth meal!

Photo credit: daxiang stef

  • Very good advice, always read labels, and amount of calories etc…per serving.

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