You’ll Never Believe the Calories in These 10 ‘Health Foods’

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Just how fattening do you think that avocado really is?
Calories in “Health Foods”

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While classic health food staple like avocados, nuts, chia seeds, and pita bread are important foundations of a well-balanced diet, they’re deceivingly high in calories. 

Have you ever asked yourself how many extra pounds your daily avocado habit or that bowl of yogurt mixed with granola are packing on you? It’s almost certainly more than you think.

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While classic health food staple like avocados, nuts, chia seeds, and pita bread are important foundations of a well-balanced diet, they’re deceivingly high in calories, and this can be a problem if you’re trying to lose weight. Sometimes we liberally toss these foods into our smoothies, add them to our salads, or serve them as side dishes thinking that they won’t do our waistlines any harm — but this is not the case, alas.

We’re certainly not suggesting that you eliminate any of these foods from your diet, but if weight is a concern for you and you’re counting calories, these “health foods” shouldn’t be eaten with reckless abandon.

A contributing factor to the rise in obesity, as noted by esteemed author, Daily Meal Council member, and former chair of New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health Marion Nestle, is that portion sizes, even for healthier, less processed foods, are getting bigger.

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If you’re seeing similar results every time you step on the scale, it might be time to cut down on these 10 “health foods.”