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
First of all, Wilkes says "natural flavors" are a joke. "If a label contains 'natural flavors' it doesn't mean that it's natural or healthy," she says. "Artificial and natural flavors are manufactured at the same chemical plants as other flavors. They have nothing to do with nature." The natural flavors won't really harm you or your diet, but they're certainly not helping you either.
Then there's the sugar. Even natural sodas can be loaded with the sweet stuff. For example, Izze Sparkling Natural Soda Sparkling Ginger has 29 g of sugar. And while it may be "organic cane sugar," Metsovas says, "'natural sugars' prompt the same blood sugar response as 'non-natural sugars.' They're all equal in my mind." Giancoli agrees: "We should be decreasing our sugar intake," she says, "not replacing it with different types of sugar."
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