Think You Know What’s Healthy and What Isn’t? Test Your Knowledge Here!

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Everyone knows it’s important to be healthy and make healthy decisions. What happens when you think you’re making healthy choices but you actually aren’t? You don’t reach your goals. In order to help you reach your goals we found this article with 10 different foods you might think are healthy but really aren’t. We hope it helps you become the healthiest form of you you can be!

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From the article:

Eighty percent of Americans think their fellow Americans lead an unhealthy lifestyle, although 85 percent say they live healthy. Only three percent of Americans follow the steps that define a healthy lifestyle, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Those include: not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

Here we’ve compiled 10 things you probably think are healthy; but as it turns out, they’re not. Let’s start with what’s in the bread basket.

Sports Drinks
If you’re trying to eat well, don’t derail that healthy diet with sports drinks. Sports and energy drinks are popular among adults and teens, and in 2011, Americans spent roughly $9 billion on them [source: Johnson]. But what you’re getting is more sugar and more empty calories — for many of people it’s more than what they’re burning (and that’s what leads to weight gain).

Let’s look at two popular sports drinks. One bottle (20 ounces) of Powerade contains 125 calories and 34 grams of sugar, which is about 8 teaspoons of sugar. Compare that to 20 ounces of Gatorade, which contains 130 calories and 35 grams of sugar, about 8.3 teaspoons of sugar, and you’ll begin to see why nutritionists recommend water over sports drinks. Just like energy bars, sports drinks are designed for replenishing the bodies of athletes; if you’re not engaged in high-intensity activity, you can skip them.

Smoothies sound like a healthy snack or meal replacement, and they can be — if you go about it the right way. But because some smoothies contain more sugar than fresh and frozen fruits, yogurt, and skim (or non-dairy) milk, they can easily turn from diet-friendly to diet-busting as fast as you can say chunky monkey.
From one shop, a 20-ounce cherry smoothie with bananas and papaya juice, for example, has fewer than 300 calories, while a 20-ounce peanut butter plus chocolate smoothie nearly tops 700 calories. The best smoothies are those with no more than 17 calories per ounce (which means you’re looking at 340 calories for a 20-ounce smoothie) and no less than 4 grams of fiber per serving. If you’re having a meal-replacement smoothie, aim for at least 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving.

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Think You Know What’s Healthy and What Isn’t? Test Your Knowledge Here!
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