Trying to eat healthy is a challenge on its own -- but there are some sneaky foods out there most of us think are healthy, that could really be bringing our diet down. In this week's Workout Wednesday Cindy Ross of Bodies by Cindy debunks some of the most common diet myths.
Sneaky food number one: packaged oatmeal, particularly maple brown sugar. They can be packed with sugar.
"The sugar on this, it's 12 grams per packet," Cindy says.
Thee healthy swap is real, old fashioned oatmeal.
"You can put Stevia, brown sugar, a Stevia/brown sugar mix, cinnamon, and you can make your own maple brown sugar oatmeal without all the calories and the sugar grams," she says.
Sneaky food number two: fruit juice. It tastes great, and we even give it to our kids. But it also has a soaring sugar content.
"This is 28 grams of sugar per cup," Cindy says of name brand apple juice. "That's as much as a coke!"
The solution--eat real fruit, multiple times a day. Cindy suggests never substituting liquid fruit drinks for the real thing.
Sneaky food number three: wheat bread.
"There's no nutritional value," Cindy says, "it's as bad as white bread."
Cindy says it's an American misconception that we need so much bread.
"People think they have to get their carbs from bread, and we don't have to. You can get them from fruits and vegetables," Cindy says.
You can also sub in whole grain or gluten free brown rice.
By making a few simple swaps, you'll get more nutrition out of every calorie and cut the empty sugar.