Wausau (WAOW)-- According to a Gallup poll, one in four Americans are seriously trying to lose weight. If that's you, listen up. You could be undermining your efforts and not even know it.
There are a lot of foods out there that look like they're good for you. But looks can be deceiving. That's what Consumer Reports ShopSmart found when it played diet detective to come up with a list of unhealthy health foods.
You could be sabotaging your waistline and your health by eating foods that are loaded with fat, calories, or sugar. Take veggie chips - they may be made of vegetables, but they're often fried in oil and loaded with fat. And while one cup of trail mix can have lots of vitamins, it can also have almost 700 calories!
If you're looking for a healthier snack, try air-popped or low-fat popcorn. But instead of butter, sprinkle on a little grated parmesan cheese. It has less fat.
And when it comes to breakfast, hold off on that cup of granola cereal. It can contain about 400 calories. For a better breakfast, try a bowl of oat-based cereal like Cheerios.
Before you take a bite of that wrap, take a step back because wraps can be high in calories and, sometimes, fat!
A better choice for lunch might be a sandwich on whole-grain or whole-wheat bread. But check the ingredients list. Whole-grains should be first on the list.
In fact, checking the labels on everything you eat is the way a true diet detective finds food that is truly healthily.