More Words to the Wise: “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t So Healthy

More Words to the Wise: “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t So Healthy

Researches  shown handful of foods that we often think of as being “good” for us, or, at the very least, not likely to wreak havoc. But it’s important to be aware of foods that are unhealthy as far as diabetes is concerned.

Low-fat yogurt. Yogurt is one of those foods that seem to have everything going for it: protein, calcium, B vitamins, and potassium. Many yogurts contain probiotics, which are the good bacteria that keep your digestive tract healthy and fight off various diseases and ailments.

The catch with yogurt is that many brands in the supermarket are laden with sugar (and carbs). Now, low-fat yogurts are truly low in fat, in that they can’t contain more than 3 grams of fat per serving .But if you eat the entire container you’ll get 150 calories (not so bad) as well as 28 grams of carbohydrate.

Smoothies. Fruit smoothies are in. They look pretty and sound healthy. And when you’re craving a midafternoon snack, smoothies can seem more virtuous than going for, say a chocolate milkshake or an Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. But don’t be duped: A 16.25-ounce low-fat strawberry smoothie (with ginseng and B vitamins, mind you) contains 260 calories and 59 grams of carbohydrate (53 of them grams of sugar). That’s about as much carbohydrate as is in four slices of bread.