We hate to break it to you, but many of those so-called “healthy” snacks that you graze on throughout the day could be hurting — definitely not helping — your body. As it turns out, many of the snack options found on the aisles of your local health food store are actually junk food in disguise. And that’s not all. Even homemade healthy snacks, such as smoothies and nut mixtures can have a negative effect on your health.
Don’t believe us? Let these “healthy” snacks speak for themselves:
1. Fruit smoothies
We know what you’re thinking: “But, fruit is good for you!” And it is. However, a smoothie that is jam-packed with berries, bananas, and other fruits that are high in sugar, isn’t. In an article published by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Dr. Thomas M. Campbell says consuming these fruits as a liquid instead of a solid “may significantly change the immediate blood sugar spike and subsequent blood sugar fall you experience (in a bad way).”
If that’s not enough to scare your smoothie addiction off: Studies have shown that drinking a smoothie won’t satisfy your appetite in the same way solid food will. Meaning, if you’re someone who drinks a smoothie for breakfast — or any meal, for that matter — you’re more likely to consume more calories later on in the day because your body prefers to fuel itself with solids, rather than liquids.
Instead of making yourself a smoothie, try snacking on a bowl of fruit instead. Your body will respond better to the solid fruit and you won’t find yourself pigging out later on in the day.