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Healthy snacks in disguise: Which foods do more harm than good?

Posted: 6:40 AM, Sep 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-27 08:33:56-04
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Fruits, veggies, salads and even trail mix are a few of the foods that people eat in order to add a little flavor into their diet. But with all that hard work, are the snacks you are choosing getting you closer to your goal or making the road longer?

Juices, protein shakes and even veggie burgers are just some of the foods we try to help us lose weight. But they are doing more harm than good?

Here’s the breakdown: avoid labels such as low-fat and fat-free. A recent study showed these foods have more sugar and calories. If you aren’t gluten-free, don’t eat those foods, either. They contain more sugar and calories than the gluten-filled choices.

Keep your yogurt plain. According to calories.info, yogurts with flavors such as chocolate and cherry have nearly 100 more calories and the sugars are even higher.

If you are looking to add flavor, look into adding fruits and granola, but watch the serving size. If you eat more than a fourth of a cup, you could be doubling your calorie, carb and sugar intake.

So what works? Granola bars without the M&Ms and chocolate, veggie sticks, veggies with peanut butter and even edamame. And the best part, you can make some of these dishes at home.

Leave the dried fruit alone! Dried fruits contain more sugar than natural fruits. If you must eat them, keep the serving to a fourth of a cup. And try to avoid juices. They are full of sugar even if they are 100%. If you want to drink your fruits, then make a smoothie from home.