Cereal bars often have added sugars.
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Many foods that are promoted as healthy may not really be. Sometimes the terms “natural”, “organic”, “whole” and “low fat” tend to confuse you, they can have the above characteristics and also high amounts of sugar and sodium.
Here are eight examples of snacks that appear healthy but might not be so good for you:
1. Flavored instant oatmeal
Natural instant oats have good nutritional value. It is rich in fiber, low in calories and fat. It also provides phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. But flavored and sweetened oatmeal has a high in sugar. For example, a package (43g) of Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar contains 12 grams of sugar.
Choose plain oatmeal Y add flavor and more nutrients with fruit and nuts.
Granola may have ingredients that are healthy, but many of the ones you find in the supermarket they hide a lot of sugar (even if it is honey it is added sugar), they also usually add Butter Y vegetable oil. Opt for a low sugar or easily make your granola at home.
3. Flavored, low-fat yogurt
Flavor-infused yogurt and even sweetened plain yogurt can contain up to 32 grams of sugar in a 6-ounce container.
You should also be careful with yogurt low in fat, can be high in added sugar to enhance its flavor. Choose plain, unsweetened yogurt, either strained (Greek) or unstrained. Add sweetness and flavor with fresh fruit.
4. Puffed rice crackers
Puffed rice crackers have no nutritional benefit and although they are usually low in calories, they are empty calories. Check the label to avoid those that are high in sodium. For a more filling snack, add flavor, protein, and healthy fats with a little peanut butter on top instead of toppings with excess sugar and sodium.
5. Canned fruit
Fruits are part of a healthy diet, they provide nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Canned fruits are an inexpensive option with a long shelf life, but avoid purchasing them in syrup since that means sugar that you don’t need. Opt for fruit that is sealed with water or your own juice.
6. Dried meat
Jerky is a source of protein and a great take-out option. However, you should not consume it as often and you should do it in moderation, as it has a high sodium content and can carry the same health risks that are related to the consumption of processed meats.
7. Mixed nuts
The trail mix can be high in sugar. Always is best do your own trail mix no added sugar or salt. They will provide you with nutrients, good fats and fiber. They help you stay full without all the extra calories and sugar.
8. Gluten-free snacks
If you are not intolerant to gluten there is no reason to avoid it, as published by Yale Medicine. There is the misconception that gluten-free is healthier. The food gluten-free processed they can have a low nutritional quality by containing refined sugar, saturated fat, sodium And they had a higher glycemic index. They are also lower in protein, iron, and folate compared to their gluten-containing counterparts.
Why is high sugar and sodium consumption unhealthy?
The added sugar in addition to leaving you a few extra kilos and promoting obesity, also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes Y heart diseases. The American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugars to less than 6 teaspoons per day for women and children and 9 teaspoons for men.
He high sodium intake (more than 5 grams of salt per day) contributes to the hypertension arterial and increases the risk of heart disease and accident cerebrovascular.