9 Most Unhealthy "Health" Foods
Think all food is fair game at stores like Whole Foods? Not so much. We'll show you what to watch out for the next time you shop in a health food store
Bottled teaWhat could be bad about tea? If it doesn't come from your own teapot, be warned: "Bottled teas are often sweetened with sugar, and many of them are essentially just uncarbonated soda," says Andrea N. Giancoli, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Need proof? Honest Tea Honey Green Tea has a whopping 18 grams of sugar. And even the Classic Green Tea has 9 g of organic cane sugar.
And while it is possible to find bottled teas without added sugar, you're still missing out on the main reason to drink tea in the first place: the polyphenols. Polyphenols are the antioxidants in tea that can help you with a whole host of beauty and health issues -- but they're in short supply when your tea comes in a plastic bottle. A recent study supported by the American Chemical Society found that a typical cup of brewed black or green tea has 50 to 150 milligrams of polyphenols. But the average bottled tea has only 3 to 81 mg. And since polyphenols aren't listed on nutrition labels, you have no way of knowing how much your bottle has.
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