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Healthy Foods That Wreck Your Diet

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You eat what you think is healthy, you walk or work out at the gym and for some reason you’re not losing weight. It could be that the “healthy” foods you’re eating are actually messing with your metabolism and ruining your diet. 

I’m a big fan of bacon. There are at least three things on my State Fair food list that include bacon and I know that an over load of bacon isn’t good for you, but did you know that turkey bacon isn’t any healthier for you? Number one, because turkeys don’t make bacon and number two, it’s still loaded with fat, nitrates and salt just like regular bacon. Canadian bacon is the better choice here. Two slices of Canadian bacon packs 56 calories and 4 grams of fat. Two slices of regular bacon has 82 calories and 6 grams of fat, so if you’re going to eat bacon anyway, it’s best to stick with the Canadian variety.

Low fat peanut butter isn’t always the best option. Sure, low fat peanut butter is lower in fat, but to make up for the lack of fat, more sugar and filler is added to make up for it. Peanut butter that’s labeled “natural” is the best because there’s no added sugar. If you buy the natural peanut butter that you have to stir, try and pour about half of the oil off.

The fact that pretzels are on this list displeases me greatly. I like pretzels a lot and when I want salt and crunch without fat and grease, if you’re like me, you go for the pretzels. Sure, they’re better for you than chips, but a serving has 320 calories and 17 hundred milligrams of sodium. The recommended daily allowance of sodium for someone who follows a two thousand calorie diet is 23 hundred milligrams. The better alternative is unsalted pretzels or popcorn, provided you don’t load it up with butter and popcorn salt. I also like PopChips. They’re chips, but they’re not baked or fried, however they’re still delicious. I don’t know how they do it.

I always thought that granola, though inherently boring, tasted pretty good with M&Ms and sunflower seeds mixed in, but no. Even if you buy granola that’s labeled as natural, organic or harvest, almost all are high in fat and calories. One small serving can pack as many as 420 calories, 10 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar. If you’re still a fan of granola, try Kashi Summer Berry Granola. It’s not made with artificial sweeteners and has 220 calories and nine grams of sugar per serving.

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