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Three “Healthy” Snacks that Aren’t Really Good for You

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Eating healthy and choosing the right foods isn’t always easy. Eating right is even more difficult when you’re bombarded by advertisements for seemingly healthy foods. After all, if it says ‘low-fat,’ it’s got to be good for you, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, many foods that are promoted as being good for you may actually be harming your weight loss or health efforts. Here are three common snacks that are often thought to be “healthy,” but should really be avoided.

1. Cereal, Granola, and Protein Bars

Most cereal bars, granola bars, and protein bars are loaded with some majorly bad-for-you ingredients. These include:

Artificial sweeteners;
Corn syrup;
Grains; and

And that’s just to name a few! Consider this: many granola or protein bars contain as much sugar as does candy – is that really what you want to be eating to promote good health? Instead of processed snacks like this, try raw protein balls, which are made using organic ingredients and maple syrup. Yum!

2. Yogurt

Like granola and protein bars, most yogurt is loaded with sugar. In fact, unless you are eating plain yogurt from grassfed cows, yogurt is likely doing you more harm than good. A Dannon Fruit-on-the-Bottom yogurt has 24 grams of sugar per serving. What’s more, modified food starch is listed as an ingredient. Rather than going for a processed and sugar-added snack such as this, choose something natural, organic, and raw.

3. Prepared Smoothies

If you are making a smoothie at home using natural ingredients, then you’re in the clear. But if you’re buying a prepared smoothie or fruit juice, watch out! You’re likely getting way more sugar in a single serving than you actually need. While prepared smoothies are tasty, a single juice may have upwards of 40 grams of sugar!

How to Snack Well

When you want to be healthy, you have to be conscious about the food that you’re eating. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking! When you choose snacks from Sweets Gone Raw, you are choosing food options that are always:

Organic ingredients;
Natural; and
Dairy-free and/or Raw.

To learn more about our products, reach out to us today with any questions that you may have!


Liza Thomas is an entrepreneur, health-guru and a mother of three.  She has worked in the food and dental industry for many years.  She is a freelance writer and contributes to this site and others with her industry knowledge and experience.


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