Most everyone hopes to avoid eating too much junk food. Whether you struggle with eating sweets, drinking soda or eating some other type of junk food instead, it’s typically pretty easy to tell which foods are unhealthy for you. However, there are also a number of foods and drinks that many people assume to be healthy, but which actually may be worse for you than the most common junk foods.
One surefire way to tell if a food is healthy is to check the label. Look for the sugar content, the calories and the fat. Be sure to compare a single serving with the amount that you regularly eat in order to tell just how much you’ll be taking into your body. Generally speaking, it’s also a good idea to avoid the following surprisingly unhealthy foods.
1. Fruit Juices
Many different types of fruit juices are actually very unhealthy. Any type of juice that is made from concentrate will generally not contain the same health benefits and nutrients as other types of juices do. Additionally, most fruit juices are loaded with sugar; many of them actually have more sugar per serving than even different types of soda do. If you’re going to drink fruit juice, make sure that you choose types of juice that are loaded with real nutrients and have no sugar added.
2. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter has long been a staple of many snacks, from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to a spread to put on crackers or different types of vegetables. However, peanut butter should be eaten in moderation only. This type of food is typically loaded with different types of fats. While nuts often contain a high percentage of “good” fat (unsaturated fats, which help to raise good cholesterol in your body), peanut butter is frequently loaded up with saturated fat as well. This makes it a very rich, delicious and, overall, unhealthy option as a snack food.
Cheese is similar to peanut butter in that it is very calorie dense and full of different kinds of fat. While cheese does have a number of health benefits, including a hefty dose of calcium and many other beneficial nutrients, its overall calorie load and the amount of fat that it contains usually mean that you should give it up in order to better remain healthy. If you do decide to eat cheese, opt for only a small portion to reduce the total amount of calories and fat that you eat.
Many people opt for crackers over chips as a healthier snack alternative. In reality, many types of crackers are loaded with just as much salt and fat as chips are. In these cases, you’ll need to check on the food labels in order to determine which crackers actually are healthy and which may not be good choices for snack foods for you.