Make Sure Your Snacks Are Healthy … Not “Healthy”

I feel like I’m constantly having the conversation with my parents about foods being actually healthy, or just appearing that way. My dad is usually the main offender – he’ll be convinced something is “healthy” because the front label is screaming “low fat” or “only XX calories.” What I always need to explain is that low fat doesn’t necessarily equal healthy … especially when there is extra sugar and empty carbs used to make up for the taste.

Keep in mind that a little fat is not bad for you – as long as it’s the good kind of fat – and that sugar (often used to replace the fat to keep taste), though naturally fat-free, is like any other calorie – if it doesn’t get used, it will be converted to fat. And let’s be honest … as a society, we eat WAY more sugar than we should (and yes, I’m guilty of that one, too … you’d be AMAZED how quickly you consume more sugar than you should eat in a day). But sugar isn’t the only culprit: there are plenty of chemicals, food dyes, and empty, stripped down carbs that contribute nothing to our diets, but potentially do contribute to our waistlines.

Here are a few things to think about as you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping. Bottom line? Make sure to actually read the entire label to see what you’re actually eating … without the flashy marketing trying to convince you that junk is actually good for you.

 

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17 thoughts on “Make Sure Your Snacks Are Healthy … Not “Healthy”

  1. I’m trying to eat cleaner and it’s amazing how many chemicals and processed ingredients that are found in “healthy food.” I agreed that is something comes in box then it’s probably processed…….Healthy Journey!

    • Absolutely – the biggest thing is to get beyond the fancy packaging and take the time to see what you’re really eating. I definitely can’t go with a completely unprocessed diet (because I’m not home much and I’m not much of a cook, either), but I try to go as minimally processed as possible when I can.

  2. Very good food post. I’m like your dad. I get totally drawn in by packaging. I always read labels now. Although something says low fat, it usually ladened with sugar and sodium.

    • Very true – that’s why I’m a big label reader! We all got obsessed with finding the “evil” in food – fat, carbs, etc (you know, the things we do actually need in our diet) instead of just looking for the good – whole foods, quality fats, etc. There’s lots of truths to be found if you can get past the marketing!

  3. Reblogged this on Foxy [Whole] Foodie and commented:
    This couldn’t be more true! I can’t tell you how often I have this conversation with family, friends and co-workers. Organic, whole foods are the way to go – not processed, packaged foods that are trying to lure you into thinking they’re healthy with marketing!

  4. I’ve started using fooducate app and it has helped me to start paying better attention to what I’m eating and if its good or not.

  5. I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said!! I hate marketing schemes that confuse the unassuming public into consuming something they think is a healthy choice. It’s all about educating yourself on a little bit of science to take nutrition in your own hands: ingredients, calories, and nutrition breakdown f food, and how your body metabolizes fats sugars carbs proteins etc! I wish people would take just a sliver of time out to fully understand this. It would save them from falling for fad diets and chemicals. Great article!! 🙂

    • Absolutely. People are looking for convenience, and while there are a lot of healthy foods out there, there is also a lot of junk masquerading as healthy. That’s why I’m a huge label reader – and I try to stick with mostly fresh, unprocessed foods – you know what you’re getting then!

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