9 Foods That Only Pretend to Be Healthy

It’s hardly possible to eat 100% healthy, but we usually want to be sure that a product will benefit our body. As it turns out, there are foods that many of us consider healthy in vain.

Bright Side is going to give away the traitors who masquerade as “good guys.”

Banana chips

Their benefit is that they contain almost the same stuff as bananas: food fiber, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Yet manufacturers add flavor enhancers and sugar to banana chips and often deep-fry them.

How to replace: homemade banana chips cooked in the oven or air-dried.

Crispbread

There are many varieties of crispbread. You can often meet snacks looking like crispbread that contain harmful oils.

How to replace: just read the composition carefully. There shouldn’t be yeast, modified starch, preservatives, dyes, or antioxidants. The best crispbread is made from whole grains or coarse whole wheat flour.

Gluten-Free Foods

Gluten is a protein contained in grains, and it’s the thing that makes it possible to mix flour with water. It’s dangerous only for people with gluten intolerance, and they comprise only 1% of Earth’s population. Everyone else shouldn’t avoid these proteins without consulting a doctor. Gluten-free foods contain a lot of refined additives, which makes them only more harmful.

How to replace: common bread. Don’t eat too much of it, but don’t be afraid of it either.

Dried and candied fruit

Dried fruits are healthy in themselves, but to protect them from mold and keep their color, they’re treated with fungicides and sulfur dioxide. As for candied fruits, their benefit is even less because of the huge amount of sugar.

How to replace: try to dry fruit at home — it’s not that difficult, but it’s much more healthy.

Processed cheese

In addition to the fact that there are lots of additives in processed cheese, it contains an immense amount of sodium. For example, a sandwich with 3 slices of processed cheese will cover 2/3 of the daily requirement for this element.

How to replace: different kinds of quality cheese, salted cottage cheese.

Canned fruit and vegetables

Producers add to canned vegetables barbecue sauce, vinegar, and other stuff that’s not really healthy. For example, according to nutrition expert Nicole Rodriguez, a can of beans contains about 3 tablespoons of sugar.

How to replace: choose quality freshly canned vegetables without salt, sugar, or preservatives, or can them on your own.

Starchy vegetables

Corn, pears, potatoes, pumpkins, and yams contain less food fiber, vitamins, and minerals than other vegetables and fruits, yet their calorific value is higher.

This doesn’t mean you should refuse these vegetables — you’re simply not recommended to eat lots of them, if you keep to a diet.

How to replace: choose non-starchy (all crispy, juicy, and green) vegetables, especially if you eat them after 6 p.m.

Yogurt

Yogurts from the store contain a lot of sugar and little protein. In addition, you don’t need to chew them, which creates an impression that you are eating something light.

How to replace: choose yogurts with a low sugar content (less than 10 g per portion) and high protein (about 6 g per portion). You can also buy Greek yogurts and add fruits yourself.

Instant oatmeal

Everyone knows oatmeal is healthy, but few people know that the flakes you only need to cook for 2-3 minutes are not really beneficial.

The smaller the flakes, the more they were processed and the higher their glycemic index, so they will bring extra calories. And, of course, instant oatmeal with additives and sweeteners is even worse.

How to replace: choose coarsely ground oats. It takes more time to boil them, but they will give you everything you expected from real oatmeal.