Be Careful With “Healthy” Processed Snack Foods

Some processed snack foods have a “health halo.” They seem healthy at first glance, and words like “wholesome” or “natural” may be used in their marketing to make them seem healthier than they actually are.

Surprisingly, these snacks (such as granola bars, protein bars, and dried fruit) can contain just as much sugar as chocolate and candy bars.

Dried fruit is a great example. It’s full of fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. However, it also contains concentrated amounts of natural sugar (and some versions may be “candied” with additional added sugar), so you should moderate your intake to keep from overdoing it.

Here are some healthy low sugar snack ideas:

  • nuts and seeds
  • no-sugar-added jerky
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • fresh fruit

8. Limit sugary breakfast foods

Some breakfast cereals can be loaded with added sugar. One report found that some of the most popular ones contained more than half their weight in added sugar.

One cereal in the report contained more than 12 teaspoons (50 grams) per serving, making it 88% sugar by weight.

What’s more, the report found that granola, which is usually marketed as a health food, has more sugar than any other type of cereal, on average.

Popular breakfast foods — such as pancakes, waffles, muffins, and jams — are also loaded with added sugar.

Save those sugary breakfasts for special occasions and try these low sugar breakfasts instead:

  • oatmeal sweetened with fresh fruit
  • Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts
  • egg scramble with cheese and veggies
  • avocado on whole grain toast

Choosing a low sugar option with plenty of protein and fiber at breakfast will also help you feel full until lunchtime, preventing unnecessary snacking.

Stay Healthy Research Team

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