Here are the next 5 diet foods that are just as deceiving as the first ten I published. Learn to read the food label before buying many products at the store. Stay away from products that have less than 2 g of fiber and no more than 35% of the calories for a product should come from fat.
Instead, choose Dole Completes Light Caesar Salad Kit at 100 calories and 7 g fat per serving. If you splurge and eat the whole package, you’ll only net 300 calories and 21 g fat.
2. Frozen yogurt – Many people think of frozen yogurt as a tasty, low-cal dessert.
Surprise! There are some shockers in the freezer case. Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, for example, has 400 calories and 9 g fat per cup. Hardly a diet dessert!
Instead, by shopping smart, you can really zero in on frozen yogurts that help you stay within calorie goals, such as Edy’s Fat Free Vanilla Frozen Yogurt at just 180 per cup (marketed as Dreyer’s brand in certain states).
3. Bran Muffins – A freshly baked bran muffin from your local bakery would seem to jump start your
morning (and your bowel function!)
Surprise! There is usually no nutrition facts label to clue you but sometimes there is an ingredients list, which often shows there’s more oil, sugar and refined white flour than bran. In general, large bakery muffins pack more than 325 calories!
Instead, have a cup of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran (187 calories, 8 g fiber) or take along 1 ¼ c of dry Wheat’n Bran Shredded Wheat (200 calories, 9 g fiber) to eat at work
4. Bags of air-popped popcorn – Air-popped popcorn is one of the healthiest low-fat snacks, right?
Surprise! The problem with the kind you buy is the fat they add after the air-popping is done. A 1-oz serving of Smartfood White Cheddar Cheese Flavored Popcorn that claims to be “totally natural, air-popped popcorn” sneaks in 160 calories and 10 g fat—more than potato chips at 152 calories and 10 g fat!
Instead, air-pop your own popcorn or buy the light microwave kind.
5. Fruit and grain bars – Sounds like the perfect quick and healthy breakfast for people on the run.
Surprise! There’s practically no fruit in there—so little, in fact, that there’s less than 1g of fiber. Bestselling brands’ top ingredients are sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which can leave you hungry and tired just an hour later.
Instead, have two slices of whole wheat bread with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Wash it down with a cup of high-calcium orange juice for a quick, nutrition-packed breakfast.