Consumer Reports recently released a video that took a look at the junk food masquerading as health food on store shelves.
I’m sure we’ve all been duped by junk food marketed as health food, but it’s not as hard as you’d think to spot the unhealthy snacks. If it’s sugary, salty, greasy, or fried, chances are it’s not a healthy option.
I really like their focus on label-reading. Marketers spend a lot of time and energy coming up with front of package labels to make junk food appear healthy. The real scoop is that ingredients list.
The video also had some decent healthy alternatives to unhealthy health food. What it really seems to boil down to is making more food from scratch, staying conscious of portion sizes, and knowing what’s on your plate.
Of course, we all want a treat sometimes. I will fully admit that I have a thing for salt and vinegar kettle chips. I think the trick is balancing those junk food indulgences with an overall healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains.
PS – Instead of cheese on your air popped popcorn, you can toss in a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast. You won’t be sorry!
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