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Sugar flush: Why some foods seem healthier than they really are

How many times have you heard someone say that they need to start "eating healthier?" But what exactly does eating healthy mean?
Sure, you can jump on the kale bandwagon or find the nearest retailer and begin to start juicing everything in sight, but for some "eating healthy" can be transitioning from regular soda to diet soda or taking your carbohydrate rich diet and deciding to limit the number of those carbs you eat on a regular basis.
Simply put, eating healthy is a relative phrase that means different things to different people, depending on a variety of factors. What makes eating better even trickier and more challenging is so called unhealthy foods masquerade as healthy alternatives.
Everything from that morning orange juice to the healthy drinks you consume before, during or after a workout, you may be sabotaging your healthy eating by choosing food and drinks that pretend to be something they're not, but yet are marketed as being optimum choices.
Take for instance that aforementioned juice or healthy drinks. Have you ever checked the sugar content of any type of juice, such as orange or cranberry? Those numbers are remarkably scary, so you're better bet is to juice your own fruit or find an alternative that is sweetened with Stevia, an all natural sweetener that beats aspartame or sucralose.

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Nothing is quite as frustrating as sports and energy drinks that tell you they're for athletes and those who fancy themselves as healthy, when in actuality they're no better that soda. Vitamin Water and Gatorade come to mind immediately; they're basically sugar water being sold and advertised as the best beverage you can put in your body while you're working out.
Always be leery as far as food goes when you hear words on the packing like "low fat" or "reduced fat." A lot of times that food is processed and filled with something else equally bad to compensate, such as increased sodium content in pre packaged foods or microwaveable "treats."
In addition, carefully tread in the grocery store aisle when you see the word "real" next to any product. You'll see the word "real" used in conjunction with taglines such as "made with real fruit" or "made with real vegetables." Those are code words, typically, for companies that use real fruit to a degree but add extra sugar to compensate for a lack of taste.
No matter how you define healthy, you can agree that food and drinks ultimately can fool you into thinking that you're doing your body a favor by ingesting these products, when in actuality you're making your journey from poor eater to competent dieter even harder.

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