One of the most difficult parts of eating healthy these days is simply not knowing what exactly is in your food. Sometimes you’ll think you’ve found a healthy snack, or an alternative to a food you want to eat less of, but it turns out that it’s no better (and can even be worse) than the food you gave up.
Although it’s not what we want to hear (especially when we’re hungry) the best thing is to do your research. While it’s definitely easier to just not pay attention to the nutrition facts, knowing the truth about the food you eat is a simple step toward being more informed about healthy choices.
These 19 foods might sound healthy, but you’ll never believe what’s just below the surface…
1. Roasted Chicken
If you think that roasted chicken is healthier than the fried option, think again. Just one chicken leg contains the same amount of fat as a scoop of ice cream.
2. Coconut Milk
Just 1/4 of a can of coconut milk is 3/4’s of your daily recommended intake of saturated fats. Plus, it has the same number of calories per serving as a box of Junior Mints.
3. Carrot Cake
Carrot cake may sound healthy, but maybe just go in for half a slice next time. Some cakes can have 560 calories per slice – that’s like eating 14 pieces of bacon.
4. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is actually really high in saturated fat. For certain brands and types, just 3 spoonfuls have 8.5 grams of saturated fat, which is almost half of your daily recommended intake.
The problem with sushi is that the rice that comes along with it is often processed (meaning you’re consuming processed carbs). Sushi also contains a lot of salt and only a meager serving of fish.
6. Soy Sauce
This tasty sauce is so delicious…because of its salt content. Just a quick pour of the condiment contains 38% of the maximum recommended daily intake of salt.