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Health food or health fake?

sugary chocolate coated energy bar

Junk Food in Disguise

These 4 foods masquerade as health food.  Yummy they might be, healthy they are not, here’s why:

Energy Bars and Energy Drinks

The “energy” in these products usually takes the form of lots of sugar and/or caffeine. They may even provide a temporary surge in energy due to blood sugar spikes, but watch out for the crash after that will leave you feeling tired and drive cravings for more sugar and/or caffeine.


Most granola cereal is high in fat and sugar, and other than grain-free granola (there’s a recipe on our website here) all are high carbs.


Most commercial yogourts are not prepared properly to confer the health benefits of yogourt and instead are full of thickeners like gelatin and sugar.  A serving of yogourt may contain 1 billion beneficial bacteria for your gut.  One capsule of a good probiotic will contain the equivalent of 100 servings of yogourt.

Fruit smoothies

Juice bars offer these to health conscious consumers, but most are loaded with sugar. At one outlet, the smallest size has 340 calories and 69 grams of sugar (I recommend no more than 25 grams per serving of sugar/carbs in anything).

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND.  For real advice about what would be healthy to eat and how to prepare healthier versions of these for yourself, contact one of our naturopathic doctors.  Call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now.

Cake and Ice Cream for Breakfast

muffin and yogourt yogurt

Cake and Ice Cream for Breakfast

by Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc, ND

I love my job! But one of the downsides is that you have to be the bearer of bad news or at least provide regular reality checks. When I was at the park this morning I saw a little girl being given a muffin and yogourt as a snack. Here comes the reality part – muffins and yogourt are glorified cake and ice cream! The marketing wizards at your favourite processed food company have done a wonderful job of spinning these into acceptable foods to eat every day for breakfast or a snack, they are not healthy.
Muffins contain high amounts of sugar, processed flour and fat mostly as either trans fat or hydrogenated oils. Most commercial yogourt has lost any of it’s health benefits and is loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners, and thickeners.
If you are having yogourt, have a good quality (i.e. no thickeners), plain, organic yogourt and add some fresh organic berries. As for muffins, there isn’t really such thing as a healthy muffin – have a berry-nut muffin minus the cake holding the berries and nuts together (see what I did there?  Have the berries and nuts).