5 'healthy' foods that...aren't
April 24th, 2014
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You've proudly switched your morning bacon, egg and cheese biscuit to a slice of whole-grain toast with avocado and hummus, and your vanilla latte has become a big glass of fresh-squeezed juice. You feel more energetic, but you're not losing the weight you thought would fall right off. What's up with that?

Even though our bodies benefit from the added nutrients, overdoing seemingly "guilt-free" foods can do our bodies more harm than good. Here are five health foods to keep in check.

Olive oil

This component of the Mediterranean diet has been celebrated for its heart-healthy properties. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which, according to the Mayo Clinic, could lower your cholesterol as well as your risk of heart disease.

Although olive oil is considered a "good" fat, it could quickly increase the calories in an otherwise healthy dinner. "Instead of pouring the oil into the pan by sight - which could add several hundred calories to what's cooking - use your measuring spoons per portion," says nutrition and wellness coach Lara S. Sutton.

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  1. http://www.mobilitywod.com Jenny Dee

    thumbs up!

    April 30, 2014 at 5:07 am |
  2. Kim Silverman

    I think that everything would still be considered healthy as long as it is taken in moderation but then again you can never be too sure better safe than sorry..

    April 30, 2014 at 4:57 am |
  3. Kim Silverman

    Just when you think you're eating healthy you'll get to read something like this, oh well at least now I know it's time for me to make some changes in my diet.

    April 30, 2014 at 4:49 am |
    • Joe Moore

      Take articles like this with a grain of salt. The editors HAVE to write an article so they HAVE to have something to write about. They also need it to be interesting enough and have an interesting enough title for people to click it. They get reports on exactly how many people clicked the linked and read the article.

      Never, ever but too much weight into these types of things. Instead, pay close attention to what is being said by medical societies, doctors, nutritionists, etc. Anyone who is releasing information to release information, not to get as many people to read it as possible so they can make their advertising revenue targets :)

      May 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
  4. Carn E. Vore

    As George Carlin pointed out decades ago food cannot be "healthy", it can be "healthful". You'd think people that write for a living about food would know this.

    April 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm |
  5. Thinking things through

    Oh, they're healthy foods. But everything, including water, in moderation...

    April 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      You mean I can't chug a gallon and a half of water in 30 minutes and be OK?

      April 25, 2014 at 10:01 am |
  6. Truth™

    Healthy or not, that picture makes me think I am going to be going out for lunch today...

    April 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Right? With a side of mercury!

      April 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm |
  7. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Reblogged this on Mr. Feliz's Blog (Teacher Arturo).

    April 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm |
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