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Foods that look healthy but aren't

Often, we come across products that look healthy, but hide hidden ingredients or contain excessive amounts of sugar, fat or artificial additives.

In this photo gallery, we take you on a tour of some seemingly healthy foods, but which could harm your health if consumed excessively or incorrectly, as reported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Are you ready to find out which foods you should avoid or consume in moderation to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Prepare to be surprised and to revise some of your health food beliefs.

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Foods that look healthy but aren't
Often, we come across products that look healthy, but hide hidden ingredients or contain excessive amounts of sugar, fat or artificial additives. In this photo gallery, we take you on a tour of some seemingly healthy foods, but which could harm your health if consumed excessively or incorrectly, as reported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Are you ready to find out which foods you should avoid or consume in moderation to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Prepare to be surprised and to revise some of your health food beliefs.
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Hazelnut and chocolate cream spread
Cocoa milk and hazelnuts seem like healthy ingredients, but the spread is also high in sugar and palm oil. Much better to replace it with peanut butter or almonds.
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Sweetened yogurt
On average, a cup of flavoured yoghurt contains about 30 grams of sugar, the equivalent of about 6 to 7 teaspoons. Much healthier is natural Greek yoghurt with added fresh fruit.
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Sushi
The presence of fish makes sushi perceived as healthy, but as always it depends on how it is consumed: eating plenty of white rice and soy sauce means taking in a lot of refined carbohydrates and sodium. The advice is to increase sashimi consumption and reduce rice-based or fried portions.
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Sweetened oatmeal
Oats are a nutritious whole grain cereal, but people often make the mistake of overdoing it with sugar. In this case, you are no longer eating the 'healthy' breakfast you thought you were. Add fresh fruit instead of sugar.
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Bran muffins
The presence of bran gives the perception of a healthy product, but very often industrial bran muffins contain an average of 400 calories and as much as 36 grams of sugar, the equivalent of about 9 teaspoons. Fibre, on the other hand, which we believe to be present in quantity, is only about 4 grams. The advice? Make your own muffins.
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Pretzels
While it is true that pretzels are low in fat, it is also true that flour and refined salt are equally harmful to heart health. Eat without excess.
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Muesli bars
In theory they should be healthy and light, but the truth is that most cereal bars are junk food high in sugar and low in fibre. Choose carefully by checking the ingredients.
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