Top 10 Foods you May Think are Healthy, but are NOT

Just a few weeks ago I filmed some great fat loss nutrition videos. One thing I had to do before I started filming was go to the grocery store and buy several “bad” food items and “good” food items (Actually, I already had most of the good in the fridge, so that part was easy).

I walked up and down the aisles looking for foods that claimed to be “healthy” or “good for you”, but listed ingredients on the label like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil and artificial sweeteners.

Do you know what happened?

Before I knew it, I had a cart completely full. The number of products I found seemed endless. I couldn’t believe all the false marketing claims all over these foods and needless to say, I ended up ridiculously angry by the end of this trip! (Don’t worry. I abstained from throwing stuff around the store. I try and keep my composure in public.)

Why would I get so angry? Well it just makes me so mad to imagine all the people that have fallen for these false claims…all in an effort to eat healthy or try to lose weight. It breaks my heart actually (and no, I’m not exaggerating), probably because I used to be one of those people who thought they were doing the “right” thing but I had fallen for all of this false marketing as well.

Now it would take me pages and pages to list all the foods and ingredients I found in each of these products, but here

Isabel’s “Top 10 Foods you May Think are Healthy, but are NOT” (and I’m going to hope that your favorite meal, snack or drink is not on this list):

1. Whole Wheat bread – all contain enriched flour and some contain high fructose corn syrup
2. Low Fat and/or Low Sugar Salad Dressings – canola oil, sugar (or some use artificial sweeteners instead…which is worse!)
3. Sports Drinks – high fructose corn syrup, not to mention all the nasty dyes that are used to make it all sorts of fluorescent colors
4. Dry Roasted Almonds – canola oil and some add sugar
5. Almost all Protein and Energy Bars – soy and sugar
6. Almost all High Protein and High Fiber cereals – soy and canola oil
7. Low Sugar Instant Oatmeal – sugar, soy, and artificial sweeteners
8. Diet and Weight Loss Shakes (and other diet shakes) – canola oil and sugar
9. 100 Calorie Snack Packs – enriched flour and artificial sweeteners
10. Flavored Yogurt – sugar or artificial sweeteners

Take a look in your fridge and in your pantry right now and see if any of your favorite foods contain ingredients that may just be stopping you from reaching your fat loss goals. Sometimes, seeing results or overcoming a weight loss plateau is as easy as getting rid of some of these so called “healthy” foods.

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