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Watch Out for These Tricky “Healthy” Foods

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Waseda chapter.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to maintain a healthy diet. Well, it has been the same for the past few years. During my attempt to change my diet this time, I realized that I had some misconceptions about the “healthy food”.

So…check out these 5 common choices that aren’t as healthy as it is reputed. 


Flavored Fat-free or Low-fat Yogurt

Have you thought why your “fat-free” yogurt is sweet? Instead of fat, these yogurts are packed with sugar. In fact, one serving of low-fat yogurt can contain as many as 25 grams of sugar! A smart alternative would be to buy the plain, unsweetened ones, and add some fruits and a little bit of honey for the flavor.


Granola and Granola Bars

Yes, oats and dried fruits are included in granola. But it contains a lot of sugar, calories, and more sugar. Of course, there are healthier types, and those tend to be less sweet. So, choose the unsweetened ones or simply those in smaller portions. Changing milk to soy milk may also be a good idea!


Bottled Smoothies from the Grocery

Sugar and preservatives are included in the bottled smoothies. Instead, take out your blender and blend fresh fruits! Simply mixing a banana, blueberries, and some plain yogurt will do the trick.               


Spinach (Vegetable) Pasta

Just because it’s green doesn’t mean it’s healthy! The green is made from a tiny portion of spinach powder. 100% whole wheat flour pasta may actually have more nutrients.


Veggie chips

First of all, the “chips” are super thin. You need to think how much vegetables you are actually consuming. Also, remember they are fried and most of the nutrients are lost during the process. 


Be careful when selecting your meals! Just because they look green or has “fat-free” on the label does NOT make them healthy. 

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