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Unhealthful Health Food

Many granola bar brands lead you to believe the bars are a variety of health food. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

Pantry filled with snacks

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Many brands claim that their products are "low carb" or even healthy, but it's always important to check the ingredients first

Many granola bar brands lead you to believe the bars are a variety of health food. Granola is whole grain, and that is good for you, but what about all the other stuff they use to hold the grains together?

Take a look…sodium, high fructose corn syrup, fat, not to mention a 300 calorie count in just one bar!

The same goes for organic, low-carb potato chips. When they take out the carbs they have to replace them with something else, like fat.

The point is that no matter how healthful the packaging makes a food seem, you’ve gotta flip it over and take a look at the ingredients. Often a zero carb product has more calories than the same product with carbs.

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