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Life Lessons: Healthy foods that really aren't

Life Lessons: Healthy foods that...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - If you're trying to eat right and loose weight, you might be making some mistakes without even knowing about it.

Maybe you've been proudly munching on trail mix and blueberry yogurt instead of a candy bar and ice cream. Unfortunately, they may all contain the same amount of calories and sugar, which is why the scale may not be dropping as quickly as you'd like. Health experts say you really have to read labels to know what you're getting.

Granola seems healthy. It has rolled oats, nuts and dried fruit. But one cup can easily contain more than 400 calories and more than 20 grams of sugar. Indulge smartly by reading the label and choosing high-fiber granolas with low sugar.

And what about bars?

"The majority of them out there are glorified candy bars,"  said Dietician, Lauren Ott.

Compare a power bar with a Snickers bar and you'll find almost the same amount of calories and sugar. And the power bar only has four more grams of protein. 

>>Lauren Ott

"It's a reason why we can't just look at the front of the packaging we've got to look at the nutrition fact label," Ott said. 

Also look at the ingredient list, especially on low-fat salad dressings. You may find nothing but preservatives, caramel coloring and corn starch. 

"A lot of low-fat dressings have a lot of added sugars in there and so you're not necessarily winning by choosing a low-fat dressing," Ott said. 

You might be better off drizzling your salad with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And finally, don't be fooled by wheat bread products. If the packaging doesn't say '100 percent whole wheat,' then it's probably mostly white bread with just a little wheat flour mixed in. Also make sure each slice has at least two grams of fiber, another sign of truly healthy bread.

And if you think a chicken wrap is a safe bet when you're eating out, think again. Health experts say Even if you fill a wheat tortilla with lots of veggies and lean protein the tortilla itself can easily contain 400 to 800 calories. Not to mention the high-calorie sauces that are usually on them.

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Allentown, PA 18102


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