You’d be amazed by what’s being marketed as "healthy" these days. You can find "fitness bars" that are little better than candy bars, "healthy breads" that contain more calories and less nutrition than simple whole wheat bread, and "healthy drinks" that are little more than sugar and fruit flavoring!
The problem with the word "healthy" is that it can be slapped onto just about any product. Sadly, most of us will buy it just because we see the word "healthy" on it, without really checking the contents or understanding the nutritional value of those foods and drinks.
Here are a few "healthy" drinks that really aren’t as healthy as you’ve been led to believe:
Smoothies are marketed as all the rage and you can find them in nearly every gym and health food store. But do you know what’s in your smoothie? If it’s made with ice cream, yoghurt or milk, it’s probably pretty high in calories.
A smoothie made with just one cup of milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a banana, and a scoop of protein powder contains over 400 calories. Even fruit-based smoothies can be fairly high in calories, causing you to eat more than you should!
2. Jamba Juice
Don’t believe anyone who tells you Jamba Juice is "healthy". While their drinks may be made with some natural ingredients, there are always going to be added sweeteners that will increase the sugar and calorie content. There are VERY few truly healthy Jamba Juice drinks, and very few people ever order them. Chances are your Berry Blast-off or Tropicana Smoothie is little more than sugar and fruit.
3. Fruit Juices
"All-natural" and "organic" fruit juice may sound healthy, but do you understand what fruit juice is? Simply put, it’s all the flavor (the sugar) with none of the fiber! Fiber is what makes fruit healthy, and it counteracts the effects of sugar. Even 100% natural fruit juice isn’t truly healthy, as it’s all sugar. The glycemic load of all fruit juices makes them a poor choice for a healthy diet.
4. Coconut Water
Despite what you hear, coconut water isn’t any better than plain ol’ water. Many coconut juices contain added sugar, and even the natural, sugar-free juices aren’t more effective at hydrating you than regular water. It’s healthier than fruit juice and soda, but it’s not the "healthy" superstar it’s claimed to be.
5. Pomegranate Juice
Touted as being a source of antioxidants, pomegranate juice is passed off as a "superfood" product and a cancer-fighter. Sadly, most pomegranate juice contains extra sugar and flavorings. You do get some antioxidants, but not enough to make it worth it.
6. Diet Soda
Anything with the word "diet" on the label is likely to be worse for you than the normal product. Diet products are loaded with artificial chemicals and flavorings, and those ingredients will take their toll on your body. Avoid all "diet" products like the plague.
7. Yoghurt Drinks
Yoghurt may be a healthy choice, but yoghurt drinks are not! They’re made with a lot of sugar, additives and flavorings, and there is very little real nutritional value offered. You’re going to end up eating more calories and consuming more sugar than what is good for you!
Note: Yakult probiotic drinks are the only yoghurt drinks with real value.
8. V8 Juices
Sure, they’re made with fruits and veggies, but how much fiber do they contain? Likely, not a lot! The veggie part of the juice doesn’t reduce the sugar content of the fruits used to make the juice, and there’s all the sodium to worry about as well! Best option: make your own fruit and veggie juices at home!
Don’t be fooled! Just because a product is marketed as being "healthy", that doesn’t mean it really is.
Can you think of any other “healthy’ drinks that aren’t really that healthy? Let us know in the comments section below!