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“Healthy” foods that Aren’t so Healthy

June 18, 2009

Granola Bars or just plain Granolagranola

– Granola usually contains oats, raisins and almonds. Healthy right? Well all these different ingredients are held together by oil, significantly increasing the fat and calories. For half a cup of granola you can find a whooping 400 calories. Now add the yogurt and fruit you have on the bottom… those fruit parfaits don’t sound so exiting any more do they? As far as granola bars go, I enjoy the Special K granola bars that only have 90 calories. They are great as a snack or part of a breakfast on the go. Just be careful because they don’t fill you up till lunch.

Protein Bars / ShakesPbar

– Protein bars aren’t meant to be downed after an hour workout. Instead, these bars are meant for those athletes that work out 4 hours a day. Put the nutrition label next to a candy bar and you soon be reaching for the candy bar… not to mention it tastes way better! The oatmeal raisin protein bar contains 230 calories, 2.5g of fat and 20 grams of sugar. You might as well be drinking a sugar jar!

Almonds / NutsAlmonds

– Almonds are a great source of fat and energy, but who just eats 10 small almonds in one sitting? I know I don’t. So be careful how many times you reach into that bowl of nuts at the next party.

Sports Drinks
– Sports drinks are just like protein bars. They are great for those that workout several hours a day and need to replenish their body with electrolytes, but an hour to hour and a half workout can easily be replenished by water, not to mention that they are full of sugar. In 12oz of Powerade, you will find 22g of sugar. Next time you want a sports drink go for PoweradeZero


– Yes, we all know that avocado contain good fat, but careful because these fats and calories can add up super fast… and you normally don’t just eat the slice of avocado either. 1/5 of a medium avocado contains 4.5 g of fat and 50 calories, leading to 22.5g of fat and 250 calories in one avocado! So the next time you reach for an avocado think twice about proportion.

Low Fat Muffins
– You think they are low in calories but they are not. Starbuck’s low fat blueberry muffin contains 430 calories, 2.5g fat, and 57g of sugar… Step away from the muffins!


– Check the nutrition label on this so-called “healthy” foods. Yoplait’s yogurt contains a whooping 28g of sugar. You can find several yogurts made with splenda to cut down on the calories. Light yogurt is always a way to go too!


– This food is a great source of protein. I love putting it on salads and on sandwiches, but be careful. Most people don’t eat it straight out of the can. They mix it with mayo, cheese and other dressings. Subways 6-inch tuna sandwich contains 530 calories, 31g of fat! WOW… I think I will get a turkey sandwich instead.

Fruit Juice and Smoothies
– These too are high in sugar… no wonder kids are always in a sugar high, they drink apple juice all day. I use to walk into Jamba Juice thinking I was being healthy for the day by getting a smoothies. Jamba Juice smoothies can run anywhere from 400-600 calories and 17g of sugar. Check the nutrition labels!!!!!!!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2009 5:56 PM

    Great information! But, give me some things that are good to eat!

  2. June 19, 2009 12:00 AM

    That is so true about the protein bars; they are candy bars packed with protein, but the sugar and calories surely cancels out any benefit you might get from the protein.

    Some are low in sugar, but they don’t taste the best. I’ve found that the Atkins bar are the best. They are not always easy to find, and don’t have as much protein, but they have 1 to 0 grams of sugar, and taste pretty good as well.

    Read those labels!

    Great post.

    • Ruth permalink*
      June 21, 2009 4:59 AM

      Tyler, Thanks for the suggestion of Atkins Bars! There are a few “healthy” protein bars out there. Most people don’t even realize that to look for in a protein bar, they just see the label and think it’s automatically good for them

  3. June 19, 2009 7:05 PM

    Thanks for breaking down all that information… very helpful

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog =)

    • Ruth permalink*
      July 6, 2009 10:00 PM

      Thanks… and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  4. June 19, 2009 7:32 PM

    Dear Dr. Ruth,
    I have been told that the Summer is the best time to lose weight.
    Is that true? If so, how can I maximize weight loss in the Summer?

  5. June 19, 2009 8:57 PM

    Thanks for the food info. I have the blueberry muffin recipe you wanted. Can you send me your email address?

  6. July 6, 2009 10:13 PM

    You are so right about the Granola Bars! Thanks.
    I am starting to eat a lot of fruit in the morning and them taking a baggie of fruit and carrots to nibble on throughout the morning. I find that my need for food has diminshed greatly! I am also working to eat half the helpings on a plate when I go out to eat and bagging the rest!

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