I tell people who are interested in healthy eating to stick to whole foods as much as possible. If they want to buy something pre-made at the market, I advise them to try to find foods that have 5 or fewer ingredients…all of which they should recognize and be able to pronounce.
Reading the labels is important. Many companies market themselves as producers of healthy alternatives to commonly consumed foods and beverages. The other day I looked at an Odwalla drink label.
On the front, it said “no added sugar.” That seemed like a good thing but when I looked at the back I realized that the one little bottle of liquid contained a whopping 43 grams of sugar. Oh my!
To compare, a can of coke has about 39 grams of sugar!
Both the Odwalla “healthy drink” and the can of Coke contain much more sugar than I want to ingest at one sitting.
Just because a particular drink or food is marketed as healthy doesn’t mean you don’t need to check into the contents. Always make sure to read and analyze ingredient labels or you’re likely to make mistakes when picking out what to consume.