They sound healthy, they look healthy, and food companies work hard to make you believe they are healthy. But many foods that get a good-for-you rap are anything but nutritious. They're packed with calories, fat, added sugars, and all kinds of artificial ingredients that your body doesn't need. Here are some of the worst offenders at the market.
Multigrain Bread, Pasta, and Cereal
Whole grains are healthier than refined grains because they have more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. But multigrain? The term doesn't tell you squat about nutrition. "It just means there is more than one type of grain used in a product," says Warner. For all you know, multigrain might mean refined wheat flour with a dash of refined corn flour. And two kinds of refined flours isn't necessarily better for you than one. You have to check the ingredients list. If it says "whole wheat" or "whole corn" near the top, then you're actually getting the extra health benefits.
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