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.
"Some veggie burgers are very, very heathy, but many are not," Salge Blake says. "Oftentimes they're held together by lots of cheese, making them much higher in saturated fat than you'd think." They also can be laden with unhealthy oils, made mostly of soy, and have few if any other real vegetables – especially the patties served at restaurants. When dining out, ask your server what's in the veggie burger and how it is prepared before ordering one. At the grocery store, read the ingredients panel on frozen patty packages. Salge Blake says to look for vegetables, beans, or whole grains high up on the list and make sure the burger is low in saturated fat.
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