Healthy Foods That Aren’t, Part 3

We haven’t had one of these in a while, which is a shame, because there are so many fake-healthy foods left to expose!

100 Calorie Snack Packs

100 calorie packs

Sure, it’s only 100 calories.  How bad can it be.  Well, weighting in at 18 grams of carbs (ish) each, that’s a weighty hit to your daily carb consumption (which should only be 50-100 grams, right?).  Also, we’re talking about 100 calories of absolute uselessness.  It’s like eating 100 calories worth of sugar straight out of the jar.  I guess you could say that a 100 calorie pack is better than eating, say 200 calories of the same junk (duh), but it’s certainly on the do-not-want list.

do not want dog

Instant/Flavored Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been touted as a healthy “whole-grain” complex carb source, which is true to a certain extent.  Compared to many grain products, old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal is a healthy alternative.  Still, it’s a grain, which comes with a host of potential issues, and a big hit of carbohydrates towards your daily allowance.  However, when you venture away from the slow-cooking varieties into instant and flavored oatmeal, you lose any of the potential goodness that may have been there.  Instant oatmeal forfeits all of the healthy bits like most of the fiber which makes slow-cooking oats a better option.  Similarly, much of the nutritional value is stripped out, leaving just the quick digesting carbohydrate.

Organic Baked Goods / Desserts

USDA Organic Logo

Food manufacturers will slap “organic” on everything these days, and it magically makes them healthy.  Right?  RIGHT!?!?
Not really.  Sure, you’re getting the benefits of no pesticides and so forth, but let’s face it, you’re still eating a cupcake.  It is going to do the exact same thing to your midsection that a non-organic cupcake would – fatten it right up.

Lean Cuisine

Ugh, where do I start?  How about the ingredient list for a Lean Cuisine Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla:

TORTILLA (BLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, SUGAR, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (A PRESERVATIVE), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, CALCIUM PROPIONATE (A PRESERVATIVE), FUMARIC ACID, SODIUM METABISULFITE (DOUGH CONDITIONER)), CORN AND BLACK BEAN BLEND (CORN, BLACK BEANS (BLACK BEANS, WATER), POBLANO CHILIES, RED BELL PEPPERS, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL), REDUCED FAT MOZZARELLA CHEESE (CULTURED MILK AND NON-FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH*, SALT, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, ENZYME. (*INGREDIENT NOT IN REGULAR MOZZARELLA CHEESE)), LIGHT PASTEURIZED PROCESS MONTEREY JACK CHEESE (CULTURED MILK, WATER, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, WHEY*, SORBIC ACID, CREAM, ENZYMES, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID (*INGREDIENT NOT IN REGULAR PASTEURIZED PROCESS MONTEREY JACK CHEESE)), COOKED WHITE MEAT CHICKEN (WHITE MEAT CHICKEN, WATER, SEASONING (SALT, FLAVORINGS, MALTODEXTRIN, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SUGAR, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, FLAVOR {MALTODEXTRIN, SMOKE FLAVOR}, SPICES, CARAMEL COLOR, AND CITRIC ACID), ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, MODIFIED RICE STARCH, CHICKEN FLAVOR (DEHYDRATED CHICKEN BROTH, CHICKEN POWDER, FLAVOR, SALT), SODIUM PHOSPHATES), LIGHT PASTEURIZED PROCESS CHEDDAR CHEESE (CULTURED MILK, WATER, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, WHEY*, SORBIC ACID, CREAM, APO CAROTENAL AND BETA CAROTENE COLOR, ENZYMES, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID (*INGREDIENT NOT IN REGULAR PASTEURIZED PROCESS CHEDDAR CHEESE)), TOMATO PUREE, WATER, 2% OR LESS OF TOMATO PASTE, SOYBEAN OIL, SEASONING (FLAVOR (AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, CHICKEN POWDER, MALTODEXTRIN, FLAVORING {CONTAINS CANOLA OIL}, GRILL {CONTAINS SUNFLOWER OIL}), SALT, SPICES, ONION AND GARLIC, LIME JUICE POWDER (CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, LIME JUICE SOLIDS, NATURAL FLAVOR), AND JALAPENO POWDER), CORN STARCH

 

OMG.  So many ingredients you cannot pronounce – most of them corn derivatives.  Maybe that’s why each 280 calorie meal contains 35 grams of carbs to only 18 grams of protein.  It’s the same story of the snack packs.  Sure, the calories are low, but they’re awful calories.  Steer clear.