Put That Granola Down This Instant!

We all try our best to eat pretty healthily. Some of the time. And when we’re not eating Domino’s… Oops.

The problem is, to make us feel like we’re eating healthy actually tends to mean that we opt for some pretty grim foods that we don’t really enjoy. (I’ll take a normal cuppa over a green tea any day).

So what if we were to tell that the supremely healthy superfoods that you’ve been forcing down your gullet to get that Insta beach bod is actually really not that good for you…

Before you reach for that avocado bagel, here are the foods you wrongly think are healthy.

1. Granola

Granola seems like the ultimate breakfast superfood to power you through the day but also keep the pounds off.

However, it’s actually pretty high in calories and some brands can contain a helluva lot of sugar. Instead, you can make your own granola at home to keep it as healthy as possible.

Image Source/Unsplash

2. Flavoured Yoghurts

Yoghurts can be high in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics which are vital in maintaining strong bones and good digestion.

Flavoured yoghurts however can be high in sugar and actually don’t contain that much fruit. The betrayal is real… If you’re looking to stay super healthy, natural yoghurt should be your go-to snack.

3. Diet Drinks

But it has the word ‘diet’ in it?! Ugh.

Well, for those of us addicted to soft-drinks who think that ‘Diet-Coke’ basically contains nothing, then I’m afraid that bubble is about the be rudely burst. Sorry…

Diet drinks actually contain artificial sweeteners which trick your body into thinking you are eating real food. This causes a spike in insulin which can then turn into stored fat. Definitely not ‘diet’ indeed.

Image Source/Unsplash

4. Fruit Juices

You might wonder how FRUIT juices can be unhealthy but they are actually packed with sugar.

Fruit juices also don’t contain the valuable fibre that we get from eating whole fruit. As we digest the whole fruit slower than a fruit juice, we don’t absorb as much of the sugar.

Stay away from that blender…

Image Source/Unsplash

5. Houmous

Yes, houmous is made from chickpeas which are far from unhealthy but if you’re dipping into store-bought houmous then you might want to think again.

Supermarket dips are full of salt and fat. So much so that one study found that some types of houmous contain more salt than four packets of ready salted crisps.

6. Cereals/Cereal Bars

The sound like they should be a healthy, easy breakfast option, but they’re actually full to the brim of sugar.

So if you’re a serial, cereal eater, then it’s best to stick to whole grain.

Image Source/Unsplash

7. Popcorn

Popcorn has fast become the trendiest health food, lining supermarket shelves as a low-cal snack.

In fairness, popcorn is not overly unhealthy but it is if you’re eating a full bag of salted popcorn in one sitting. Eating salted popcorn can make it easy to go above your daily intake of sodium which leads to high blood pressure.

It might be best to leave it as a cinema treat!

Image Source/Unsplash