Sports Drinks

Gatorade

Sports drinks were designed with athletes in mind. These drinks contain electrolytes (salts) and sugar, which can be useful for athletes in many cases. Sport drink commercials are everywhere, advertised as the perfect drink for intra-workout nourishment or post-workout recovery. However, most bottles of commercial sports drinks contain about 21 grams of sugar per 12 ounces. Claiming that sports drinks are just like water is one of the easiest ways to increase your sugar and calorie intake without even thinking twice. Although often considered “less bad” than sugary soft drinks, there is no fundamental difference except that the sugar content is sometimes slightly lower. In all actuality, you may as well be drinking regular Coca-Cola.

Processed Organic Foods

Granola Bar

Organic fruits and vegetables are one thing, but organic chocolate cookies are another.  Just because something is labeled organic doesn’t automatically make it healthy. There are plenty of pesticides that are still allowed to be used on organic foods, and in many cases, the difference between an ingredient and its organic counterpart is next to none.

Unfortunately, many food manufacturers have simply taken their top-selling snack foods, replaced the ingredients with organic substitutions, and sold them as healthy alternatives. This includes ingredients like organic raw cane sugar, which is basically 100% identical to regular sugar. It’s still just glucose and fructose, with little to no nutrients.

While the list could go on and on, these are just some of the most popular unhealthy “health food” trends seen on a consistent basis. Now you can see for yourself how much sweet stuff has been injected into these fake health foods. The truth is, if the food packaging says that it is healthy, then it probably isn’t. The truly healthy foods are those that don’t need any health advertisement: whole, single ingredient foods. Don’t fall victim to untruthful food marketing. Instead, always read the labels to know what you are actually eating.

Related: 13 Foods That May Not Be as Bad as You Thought
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