This is what I like to call a “health halo” (and this is a common term, you’ve probably heard it before in magazines and on health shows on TV, I also use it a lot on this blog…..). Candied nuts could be considered a “health halo” because they have an imaginary angelic halo on top of them simply because they are nuts. This holiday season I set out to make some sugar-free candied nuts, and I was quite successful, I must say.
** NOTE: If you want these to be low FODMAPs, look for a non-caloric sweetener that doesn’t contain sugar alcohols (you can look at the ingredient list for no ingredients that end in “ol”, such as erythritol (although erythritol seems to cause less problems than the other sugar alcohols, according to studies). Plus, when you eat these you’ll need to stick to a small (~1 ounce) serving in one sitting, because almonds contain FODMAPs. If you want to reduce FODMAPs, just use walnuts and peanuts.
- Some breakfast restaurants….I won’t name names….serve specialty pancakes with “healthy” toppings. These pancakes meals could easily contain as much sugar as a cupcake or a donut (if not much more!). Don’t be fooled (or, just eat the donut).
- Smoothies can be as sugar-packed as ice cream sundaes. Yes, they might contain more nutrients and fiber than ice cream sundaes, but just remind yourself more isn’t always better. A small smoothie should be sufficient;
- “Fruit Flavored Dressings”, such as raspberry and pomegranate aren’t any better for you than dressings without fruit flavors. Sure, they may contain a bit more vitamin C, but don’t choose these dressings because you think they are healthier, they probably aren’t. If you like the flavor, that’s another story.
- One of my favorite RD bloggers, Erin of The Healthy Apron, wrote two great blog posts about some other popular “health halos” that you might find while out and about. Read about those here and here. Don’t be fooled!
QUESTION: What kinds of health halos do you see on a regular basis??? There are many!