In our latest series, Food Fight, certified nutritionist and whole foods consultant Alana Sugar walks us through the grocery store while explaining why one of our favorite instant breakfasts and thirst quenching beverages may not be as healthy as we think.

Instant Oatmeal

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While it’s super quick and convenient, instant oatmeal is not as healthy as we think it is. The easy breakfast “will raise blood sugar quicker than old fashion oats,” says Alana. She goes on to explain that many contain artificial ingredients, fruit bits that aren’t real fruit and there is a lot of added sugar.

Her alternative? Get plain oatmeal and add your own ingredients like fruits and nuts or even make your own oatmeal with overnight oats.

Sports Drinks

We see all of our favorite athletes consume them but sports drinks are not as healthy as we think either. The artificial coloring is used to attract consumers and is not the best thing to be putting into your body warns Alana. In addition, high fructose corn syrup makes sports drinks even more unhealthy.

Instead of sports drinks, try spicing up your water suggests Alana. You can mix your still or sparkling water with 100 percent natural juices such as orange juice for a healthy and thirst quenching beverage.

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