Top Health Shockers

Some foods that claim to be good for you, help you lose weight and still keep you healthy, may not be as good as they claim to be. Read on and find out which supposedly healthy foods make the list. You might be in for a shock.

Strawberry Yogurt

Yogurt has been a part people’s health and diet books for as long as anyone could remember. Yogurt is a good alternative to milk as it supplies the calcium you need without piling on the pounds.

However, the FDA reports that the strawberry-flavored yogurt uses red food coloring called cochineal extract which is made from the dried, ground bodies of an insect called Dactylopius coccus costa – a beetle native to Peru. This beetle eats red cactus berries. The color of the berries gather in the female and its unhatched larvae. The insects are then collected, dried and ground into pigment.

About 70,000 beetles are needed to produce a pound of carmine. Carmine was not required to be listed as an ingredient of foods products. Instead, consumers get to see the words "artificial color" printed on product labels. However, due to reports of severe allergic reaction to carmine, the FDA in January 2009, required all foods containing carmine to include it in their list of ingredients.

Granola Bars

For those who rely on granola bars to get them through the day during a starvation diet period, sorry to report that granola bars, according to AOL Health, are actually just candy bars made to appear healthier than they really are.

Granola bars are said to have very little fiber, a lot of processed carbs and plenty of sugar. AOL Health suggests making your own granola bar made with raw oats, coconuts, chopped almonds, raisins and a bit of honey. At least that way you’ll know what goes into your "health bar".

Egg-white omelettes

Ditching egg yolks was supposedly healthy right? You’re cutting down on your cholesterol intake. Surprise. Not only is cutting out egg yolks unecessary, it also keeps you from getting important nutrients.

Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients which benefit the eyes. Egg yolks also contain phosphatidylcholine, a brain-boosting nutrient. What about cholesterol levels, you ask? Half of the fat in the yolk is not even saturated.

Farm-raised salmon

Farm-raised salmon was supposedly the healthier alternative. Apparently not. It has been reported that farm-raised salmon are full of antibiotics, are lower in nutritional value and not naturally red in color compared to wild salmon.

Wild salmon gets its red hue from the antioxidant in their natural food source – krill. Their farmed counterparts on the other hand, get their color from dye.

Cereals

Most grocery store cereals are low on fiber and are full of sugar. Your best option is good old oatmeals and a few actually good cereals like All-Bran and Fiber One. If you check the labels of these two cereal brands, you’ll find that they less than 5 grams of sugar and more than 5 grams of fiber.