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What's Really in Your Packaged Food?

There is nothing more frustrating than finding out the ‘healthy option’ you’ve been eating, is not so wholesome. The Dolmio sauce scandal earlier this year, caused outrage when it was revealed the simple tomato topping contained so much sugar it should only be eaten ‘once a week.’ So how can you avoid hidden toxins? The best advice is to choose real food; you won’t find additives in broccoli, bananas, cashews or rice. However, the reality is that many of us rely on at least some packaged food to get through the day.

Here we share nutritious swaps for not so healthy foods:


Don’t be tempted by Pret’s wholesome sounding gluten-free Honey Granola Pot [1]. It contains a whopping 31.5grams of sugar per serving. To put that into perspective, a can of Coke contains approximately 44 grams of sugar [2]. Swap for Alara Gluten Free Scottish Oats Granola, available from the Marketplace, or make your own, so you can control the sugar content.

Energy Bars

Unless you’re training for a marathon, you don’t need energy bars, which are typically loaded with sugar. To fuel you through a busy day try tamari-roasted cashews, celery and peanut butter, or an egg and spinach protein pot from Crussh or Pret, or get baking and make yourself a batch of low sugar snacks from the Honestly Healthy Energy Snacks page such as these Protein Breakfast Cookies.

Light Yoghurt

‘Light’ yoghurt is usually sweetened with aspartame – as is the case with Mullerlight Yoghurt [3]. This synthetic sweetener produces formaldehyde in the body and several studies suggest it may cause cancer [4]. Try coconut yoghurt, or look out for Natasha's Avocado Yogurt in her new book, Honestly Healthy in a Hurry.


If sushi is  your go-to lunch option - then look away now! The majority of high-street sushi is made with farmed fish; although standards vary, farmed fish are often crammed into cages, pumped full of antibiotics and fed on grains – so this may not be the healthiest source of protein. Try Natasha’s Mini Sushi Rolls on p. 238 of Honestly Healthy for Life using quinoa, apple cider vinegar, avocado, toasted sunflower seeds and more.

Shop Your Healthy Alternatives in the Marketplace:

 honestly healthy for life alara gluten free granola saveur du maroc harissa

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