Health Food Imposter # 1: ‘Digestion-Aiding’ Yogurt You may have seen the commercials advertising some brands of yogurt as a digestive-health aid, but that doesn’t mean you should believe the hype. Many yogurts claiming to be healthy are actually loaded with processed ingredients, sugar and fructose, which are red flags for people with irritable bowel syndrome (they tend to be more sensitive to excess sugar).
Health Food Imposter #2: Special K Cereal When it comes to a breakfast of champions, a bowl of Special K is the last thing you should eat. Why? It is incredibly low in satiating fiber (as in, it has zero grams), and is composed almost entirely of refined rice flour, which is among the highest glycemic flours available. High-glycemic foods spike blood sugar levels, producing a strong insulin response that can lead to a major blood sugar crash not long after, making you hungry again soon after eating,
Health Food Imposter #3: Raisin Bran This is another cereal that sounds good for you, but don’t let the word ‘bran’ in Raisin Bran fool you. One serving of this cereal packs in 19 grams of sugar per serving (in comparison, a half cup of vanilla ice cream has only 15 grams). And while some of that sugar comes naturally from the raisins, your body can’t tell the difference.
Health Food Imposter #4: Since fruit juice is pure sugar and devoid of protein and fiber, forget smoothie shops. Many of their power-sized smoothies contain between 95-125 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent of four candy bars.