You Think These Foods Are Healthy, But They Are NOT

Always read the labels.

24/03/2016 8:34 AM AEDT | Updated 24/03/2016 8:34 AM AEDT

Fast food restaurants and big food companies want you to think you're eating nutritiously, throwing around words like "salad!" and "whole grain granola!" and "fresh fruit smoothies!"

When really, more accurate words are "heaping sodium," "too many calories" and "tons of sugar."

As BuzzFeed shows in the video below, foods that we might initially think as nutritious are really just as bad for us as more obvious junk foods. A McDonald's Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken is 310 calories, for example -- about the same as their cheeseburger -- but its sodium content is far worse: 1,120 mg (nearly half the daily limit recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines).

And sugar is added into granola and smoothies too -- the latter of which can have up to 50 grams of sugar (!) in a single bottle, twice the daily amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

It always pays to read the labels, check the serving sizes and limit your intake. A little can go a long way. See the other food-wolves in sugary sheep disguises here:

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