10 ‘Health Foods’ That May Not Be As Nutritious As You Thought - Martin Baker Orthodontist

10 ‘health foods’ that may not be as nutritious as you thought

Granola bars while they often contain oats and nuts many granola bars are also high in added sugars and unhealthy fats

Flavored yogurt flavored yogurts often contain high amounts of added sugars and artificial flavorings overshadowing the nutritional benefits of the yogurt itself

Agave nectar despite being marketed as a healthier alternative to sugar agave nectar is highly processed and contains high levels of fructose

Veggie chips while they may seem like a healthier alternative to potato chips many veggie chips are still fried and can be high in unhealthy fats and sodium

Trail mix rail mix can be a nutritious snack when made with nuts seeds and dried fruits but storebought varieties often contain added sugars salt and unhealthy oils

Bottled smoothies many bottled smoothies contain large amounts of added sugars and lack the fiber and nutrients found in fresh whole fruits and vegetables

Reducedfat peanut butter reducedfat peanut butter often contains added sugars and other fillers to compensate for the reduced fat content making it less nutritious

Glutenfree packaged foods while necessary for those with gluten intolerance or celiac disease many glutenfree packaged foods are highly processed and may lack nutrients

Sports drinks while they can be beneficial for athletes engaging in intense physical activity sports drinks are often high in added sugars and unnecessary additives

Rice cakes while low in calories rice cakes lack essential nutrients and can cause blood sugar spikes due to their high glycemic index