jueves, 2 de octubre de 2008

Are Your Favorite "Healthy" Foods Hiding Calories?

You probably know that the double bacon cheeseburger value meal is not the healthiest choice on the menu. Fried foods, high-fat meats, and casseroles oozing with butter are easy to recognize as foods you should eat less often. But, choosing healthy foods can be tricky.

Here are a few more "healthy" foods that may be higher in calories* than you think:

Bagels - One plain Einstein Bros. bagel has 290 calories (close to 4 times the amount of calories in a slice of bread).

Granola cereal - With over 500 calories per cup you should consider choosing low-fat and limiting your portion to 1/2 cup.

Trail mix - One-half cup (or half your fist) can contain 350+ calories. Watch out for chocolate pieces, candy covered fruit and nuts, and fried chips.

Low fat yogurt with crunchy cookie pieces - YoCrunch "Fun Crunch" yogurts pack 200+ calories into 6-ounce containers!

Vegetable chips and crackers - While some do contain small amounts of tomato puree, spinach, and carrot, most are made from fried starch (potatoes, rice, corn or soy) with powdered vegetables tossed in. That means they have just as much salt, fat, and calories as regular chips.

Organic frozen meals - Don’t assume that a product labeled “organic” or “all natural” is healthy. Oftentimes, the artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives that are removed from these meals are replaced with unhealthy fats and sodium.

Low sugar/Low carb sweet treats - Sugar-free doesn't mean fat- or calorie-free. In fact, in many products the sugar is removed and replaced with unhealthy fats, leading to just as many (if not more) calories than the original.

What other high-calorie "healthy" foods would you add to this list?

*Nutrition information provided by http://www.calorieking.com/.

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