Last week I published 5 diet foods that can wreck your diet. Here are the next 5 diet foods that are just as deceiving as the first 5 I published. I will add another five next week and the following week. Check them out and I hope you pick up some good info along the way.
Instead, follow the American Diabetes Association rules. It’s total carbs you should count, not just sugar, so an occasional small serving of any cookie is fine. Just be sure to count the carbs as part of a balanced meal and don’t use sugar-free cookies as a weight loss food!
2. Granola Bars – These bars sound like the perfect way to pack lots of fiber into a grab=and-go
Surprise! An Apricot Clif Bar packs 5 g fiber, equal to a medium apple. Of course, the Clif Bar also delivers 220 calories (okay if you need a hefty snack before your workout) to the apple’s 81 calories.
Instead, get 7 g fiber for just 163 calories by tossing an apple and a pear into your gym bag
3. Brown Rice Cakes – You would think that these must be the ultimate diet food—packed with
whole grain fiber.
Surprise! Even though brown rice is a whole grain, brown rice cakes offer no fiber. How come? Each cake is composed of puffed grains of rice with not enough grains per cake to add up to anything. Other than a little potassium, you get no vitamins or minerals to speak of for your 70 calories.
Instead, try Ak-Mak Armenian cracker bread. It’s crispy, crunch, 100% stone ground whole wheat and delivers 3.5 g fiber and 6% of your daily iron in each 116-calorie serving.
4. Flavored Instant Oatmeal Packets – The perfect whole grain solution for breakfast eaters in
a rush, right?
Surprise! Most flavors provide only 2 g fiber per 140-calorie serving made with water and that’s not enough food for breakfast. Also, you get about a tablespoon of added sugar per packet.
Instead, microwave the plain version with ½ cup fat-free milk and a mini box of raisins and you will get 3.5 g fiber and 321 mg calcium for just 189 calories. Double the deal…you will have a breakfast that lasts until lunch plus get 37% of your daily iron.
5. Spinach Pasta – What a great way to sneak some healthy spinach into your diet!
Surprise! There’s so little spinach in spinach pasta that the label says no Vitamin A. Yet ½ cup of real, cooked spinach packs so much Vitamin A that eating that small amount four to seven times a week dramatically improved eyesight in people with macular degeneration.
Instead, stir thawed, drained, frozen chopped spinach into your pasta sauce