You've probably seen some version of the cute but misguided mantra claiming chocolate is a vegetable.
As much as we all wish it were true, we can't go so far to claim that chocolate fits squarely into your recommended daily produce intake. That said, there is a time and place for chocolate -- and, the best news, the right kind is undeniably good for you!
But every once in a while the opposite is true and a vegetable becomes more like chocolate. We're talking deep-fried Brussels sprouts or radishes with butter and salt. Here, nine of the definitely not nutritious crimes committed against saintly superfoods. Let us know in the comments if you're guilty!
It's easy to think opting for sweet potato over regular fries is automatically a more nutritious move. And while it's true that sweets offer some extra health benefits over white taters like beta carotene and vitamin A, frying is more often than not bad news.
One of the biggest issues is the temperature of the oil as a fried food cooks: Not hot enough, and your food absorbs excess oil, leading to extra calories and fat on your plate. Your batter or breading could also absorb extra oil, not to mention certain oils are more nutritious than others to begin with. Frying does
come in varying levels of unhealthfulness, but even the healthiest frying oil is something to enjoy in moderation
. Pick peanut, soybean or canola oil, and use a fry thermometer
while cooking for the healthiest possible outcome, according to Cooking Light.
Raisins pack fiber, iron, vitamin C
and a hearty dose of potassium
, but don't let that white coating fool you. Just because it's called yogurt doesn't mean this isn't candy
We found one label
that includes eight ingredients in that yogurt coating, including sugar and trans fats.
They may be tiny, but blueberries are surprisingly powerful, thanks to high levels of antioxidants for very few calories
But in a number of store-bought products from manufacturers including Kellogg's, Betty Crocker and General Mills, you may find blueberry impostors. Bagels, cereals, muffins and more come complete with concocted "blueberries" made of "sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and -- of course -- artificial food dye
blue No. 2 and red No. 40", the LA Times reported.
The low-calorie, high-fiber, antioxidant-rich snack is surprisingly nutritious
-- if you air pop your own, that is.
A cup of air-popped kernels
has no fat, barely any sodium and only 31 calories. But just one ounce
of the buttery, microwaved stuff will set you back 148 calories, 216 milligrams of sodium and 8 grams of fat.