Six foods that look healthy but aren't

Don't be fooled by clever marketing and hidden calories

6 Foods That Look Healthy but Actually Aren't

It sounds nutritious and the packaging makes it look healthy - but is it really? Some foods sound healthier than they actually are. Avoid being fooled with our handy guide...

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1. Salads
What could be healthier than a nice fresh salad? If you're grabbing one on the go, watch out for hidden fat and calories. Some fast food salads can have as many calories as a burger (just so you know: McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese has over 500 calories). Watch out for oily dressings, dough balls, and cheese and nuts added to pre-packed salads and when eating out in restaurants.

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2. Granola
Granola sounds healthy but if you're watching your weight, read the label carefully and be exact when measuring your portion sizes. Often high in fat, sugar and calories, some manufacturers even add extra sweeteners. Just a small bowl of one leading brand was found to have 12 grams of sugar and 210 calories.

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3. Smoothies
They may seem like a great way to get your recommended five a day, but watch out. Pre-bottled smoothies can contain more sugar than you think. Some brands can have up to 50 grams of sugar - that's twice the daily amount recommended by the World Health Organisation. Invest in a smoothie maker (from just £16.99) and make your own healthy version at home.

4. Instant oatmeal
Porridge is an excellent breakfast choice, but you're better off buying plain oats and making your own. Instant oatmeal can contain extra sugar and artificial colours. Quaker's instant oatmeal apple and cranberries flavour, for example, has 12 grams of sugar in one packet.

5. Root vegetable crisps
Yes, root vegetable chips can be healthier than potato chips - but that doesn't mean they're good for you. Check the label carefully – you might be surprised at how much more sodium and fat they contain that regular varieties.

6. Protein bars
When you need something on the go, it can be tempting to grab a protein bar. The label may look "healthy" but check the contents carefully. Many brands contain artificial ingredients, added sugar, and up to 43 grams of carbs. Bounce Bars are a good choice.

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