Registered Dieticians are an important part of any health care plan. They generally work very closely with physicians for long a short term recovery. Very often, these health professionals are responsible for creating specific menus for specialized diseases including diabetes, obesity, strokes, and compulsive overeating. With more Americans becoming overweight, the push for healthier food choices are increasing. In fact, many states including California have legally mandated that eating establishments include calorie information on their menus. However, many foods that are marketed as healthy might actually make you fat. Here are a five menu selections that are billed as healthy, but really aren’t:
- Salads: when eating out, a lot of people opt for the salad thinking it is a better choice. While fresh vegetables are always a great choice, by the time restaurants slather on custom dressing and garnish it with garlic bread; your healthy salad could end up over 800 calories with 50 grams of fat.
- Enhanced Bottled Water: these heavily marketed energy drinks and waters can contain a lot of added sugar, boosting the caloric intake to as much as 200 calories per serving; completely negating any benefits from the vitamins.
- Low-Fat Granolas: health food companies like to reduce the fat content of granola but increase the percentage of sugar to enhance taste. In the end, the “low-fat” granola option can add a lot more calories in sugar per serving.
- Fruit Smoothies: smoothie shops are popping up all over the place and many of them advertise healthy alternatives such as “Lemongrass” and “Energy Booster” but these things are laden with sugar. The caloric intake on one popular smoothie shop treat can top 1,000 calories.
- Multi-Grain Sandwiches: one national breakfast chain that offers a multigrain option, the bagel alone weighs in at 500 calories. At another famous sandwich shop, the multigrain bread can torpedo your waistline.
As with any eating plan, checking the labels for available nutritional information is a great way to make sure your eating plan stays on track. Dieticians can make your job a whole lot easier by recommending foods that will taste great and help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals.