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.
Covering Raisins In Yogurt
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.
But how you adorn your meat can be equally important as the cut you select. Just two tablespoons of barbecue sauce -- and that's a pretty paltry amount -- packs nine grams of sugar, about the same as a quarter of a can of soda.
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.
Artificially Flavoring Water
We wish people would stop messing with good ol' H2O when it's so simple and perfect as is.