Due to advertising, media, and education, most Americans are given an adequate definition of what they should be eating to be healthy. Typically when describing a healthy diet, Americans will say that you should choose whole wheat over white bread, eat a lot of fruits and veggies, eat yogurt, eat low fat meat, and avoid excessively eating cheese, candy, and salty snack foods. However, this description isn’t quite the whole picture of what a healthy and balanced diet consists of.
It is not a secret that Americans love their pizza, burgers, and snacks. However, when people choose to eat those items, they know that they aren’t the healthiest options. The scary thing is when people consume products that they believed to be healthy but are actually loaded with unhealthy additives.
For example, doctors recommend eating yogurt because it can aid digestion and has many probiotic properties. However, people should be aware of the sugar content in the yogurt that they are buying. For example, if a yogurt cup has 27 grams of added sugar, it really isn’t that much worse than having a candy bar or popsicle or something of that sort. Following the same thing, fruit juices and smoothies that people purchase with the intent of buying a healthy option, aren’t that much healthier for you than soda, as you can easily see the closeness of comparison between the added sugar content in each.
Added sugar is definitely one of the worst villains when it comes to fighting obesity in America. Added sugars are in virtually all products found in the middle aisles of the grocery stores. For example, foods that you may not have realized have a ton of added sugars include, granola bars, “healthy cereal”, flavored oatmeal packets, chips, bread, canned foods, and many more. So, when looking to be healthier, make sure you check the sugar portion of the nutritional information.