Don’t Be Fooled By These “Healthy” Breakfast Foods

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We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

It’s more than just an old wives’ tale. It actually boosts your energy levels and alertness, and jumpstarts your metabolism.

That’s why you should be eating something healthy.

Unfortunately, lots of foods on grocery store shelves that claim to be “healthy” or “guilt-free” aren’t actually as healthy as they seem. Finding foods that are as nutritious as they claim to be has become increasingly difficult for health-conscious consumers.

In fact, some healthy-sounding breakfast foods might as well be a spoonful of sugar!

Here are a few breakfast items that aren’t as healthy as the claims make them sound. Check those labels carefully before purchasing some of these foods.

Granola

Yes, granola can be healthy — but it’s important to remember that not all granola is created equal.

Sure, the oats provide you with fiber and iron, while the nuts and seeds are giving you some protein and unsaturated fats. But unfortunately, there’s likely a ton of sugar lurking around in there, too.

The trickiest part about granola is that the sugar isn’t always going to appear on the label as high-fructose corn syrup or even just sugar. Instead, the sugar is hiding behind healthier-sounding names, like brown rice syrup, oat syrup solids, evaporated cane juice, or molasses. Those are all still sugar sources, and you should still aim to eat less.

Flavored Yogurt

Flavored yogurt is another food that sounds healthy, but it actually loaded with sugar.

Sure, yogurt can promote bone health, aid digestion, and offer plenty of important nutrients. However, the average flavored yogurt found on most grocery shelves can have a lot more sugar than you think — topping the sugar content of typical desserts. They also tend to contain other unhealthy stuff, like artificial flavoring, dyes, or even artificial sweeteners.

To get some real health benefits from yogurt, you should be reaching for Greek yogurt, unsweetened yogurt, Australian yogurt, or other similar varieties. You’ll get the protein, calcium, vitamins, and probiotics without the extra additives and sugar.

Turkey Bacon

Don’t shoot the messenger here, but it’s time to put the bacon down. Or, at least some of it.

Turkey bacon is often bought under the guise that it’s a healthier alternative to the traditional pork option. In reality, it’s not really any better for you than eating regular pork bacon. Both of these should be limited in your diet.

Like regular bacon, turkey bacon is also high in saturated fat and sodium. And while it contains slightly less calories, the difference is minimal enough that it’s hardly worth mentioning. Plus, while it has lower overall fat content when compared to pork bacon, it often has more added sugar and contains less protein.

The key here is to limit your intake of bacon, whether it’s the pork or turkey variety. You can’t just switch to turkey bacon and assume you can eat a ton of it, thinking it’s healthier.