There's nothing wrong with wanting to be a bit healthier but many of us don't really know where to start when it comes to what is good and what is bad for us relying heavily on labeling and marketing to direct us towards 'healthy'options. This can sometimes end in disaster as we look at several supposedly healthy foods that probably aren't that good for you.
1. Whole Wheat
The idea that whole wheat is healthier stems from the 1960s when it was processed differently to other grains.
Now, mass production and higher demand mean that it is churned out in a different way to how it used to be and has been linked to inflammation and increased cholesterol levels.
2. Agave Nectar
Supposedly an alternative to honey, it is marginally sweeter so, in theory, you should use less when adding it to food or drink but the point remains, you are still adding sugar to whatever you are consuming so it isn't really good for you.
It's best just to wean yourself off sugar altogether.
3. Energy Bars
Packed with sugar and fructose to give you that extra boost of energy many people perceive these as a healthier snacking option but they can actually add 300 to 400 extra calories to your diet with each one.
4. Vegan Bacon
The vegan alternative to bacon might seem like a good idea but more often than not it is extremely processed and contains a lot of sugars.
Although not containing the same fat as the meat, if you're still frying it in oil, it's not great for you.
5. Fruit Smoothies
People think this is a little counter-intuitive since they're made with fruit but by juicing your fruit you lose all the fiber and a lot of the nutrients that go with it leaving you with just the sugars that are left over.
6. Low-Fat Yogurt
Low-fat yogurts make up for the loss of fat by having extra sugar piled into them and any claims about positive bacteria are usually false since these bacteria more often than not die out in the pasteurization process and even if they didn't they probably would in your stomach acid.
7. Dried Cranberries
Usually crammed with extra sugar that negates any of the few vitamins left in them via the drying process, these things are just not that great.