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Taste testing: Some healthy foods don't live up to billing

One of the more generic terms as it relates to diet, wellness and exercise is "health food."
Apparently, these two words joined together are the antithesis of junk food, whether you're pinpointing sweets, sugar or anything else that is deemed to be unhealthy based on anything from fat content, sugar or total number of calories.
But health food isn't always the great equalizer that it pretends to be, which is particularly frustrated given most of this food is classified as not only good for you but also comes with it a hefty price tag. Labeling a dish, entree, drink or snack as healthy should come with it great responsibility but often doesn't. Instead, foods that are coveted by dieters and weight loss buffs alike actually should be banished back to being considered junk foods, rather than the ones that are unfairly marketed or branded as being good for you.
The biggest culprit would have to easily be the energy drink or flavored waters. The latter not only is filled with artificial sweeteners but often uses words like "vitamin" when the real marquee selling point is nothing more than sugar and water combined. The only argument for these types of drinks is if you are a professional athletes and need the sugar or electrolytes because you can't possibly ingest enough calories to keep pace with your active lifestyle.
Aside from that, you'll just be adding more calories and sugar than you ultimately will ever need, even though because of the name and branding you believe you are getting something better for you.

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Another drink that belongs in the same phony classification is diet soda. Even though the adjective being used to describe the soda sounds like something you should be drinking, it actually will add to weight gain in the long run. Artificial sweeteners not only cause stomach cramping and pain but also have an ingredient that actually makes you want to eat more.
And as much as you love your favorite protein bar because you're getting between 15 and 20 grams of protein in one shot, you might want to check the fat and calorie content of these so called muscle builders, most of which are more eye popping then those huge, broad shoulders you're sporting while you're leaving the gym.
The saturated fat in most protein bars is nothing worth noting, or eating, and you should stick to making your own, at home protein shakes rather than taking what you're given inside that wrapper.
That's truly the general idea when you talk about dieting and subsequent foods that trick you into believing they're part of that group: you can't just take what you're given, or told, as it relates to healthy food.
Instead, you need to read ingredients and pay attention to content.
Even if the packaging or people behind it assure you that what you're eating really is healthy.

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