The world is full of popular beliefs that just aren't true, like Elvis is dead, we put a man on the moon and all healthy food is well, healthy. For those of you keeping score at home, the first two are TRUE and the last one is FALSE. Lemme 'splain.
Just because the package says a food is healthy or loaded with nutrients, it may be full of other things you don't need. Read the fine print on the label. Some foods aren't as healthy as you think. Like these three.
1. Flavored Yogurt and Granola
Yogurt and granola are my go-to breakfast foods, but I have to be careful which ones I eat. If you're not careful, the granola and flavored yogurt (even reduced fat) you buy can be unusually high in unhealthy added sugar. Read the label. Sugar should not be among the first few ingredients.
2. Low-Fat Salad Dressing
Watch out for low fat, reduced fat and fat free foods like salad dressings, because they can have added sugar or salt. Why? To make up for all those delicious fats that are missing. Sometimes, they're actually higher in calories than full-fat versions. As much as I like irony (it's one of things that gets me out of bed in the morning), it's not funny when something that's supposed to keep me fit, makes me FAT.
3. Ground Turkey
Ground turkey can be tricky. It CAN be healthy, but some ground turkey has more fat than you might expect. Check the label to see that it is ground from either turkey breast or 97% to 99% lean turkey meat. Here's a fun fact. Extra lean ground beef can be even healthier than lean ground turkey and it's lower in cholesterol.