10 Supposedly Healthy Foods You Should Avoid

10 Supposedly Healthy Foods You Should Avoid

No one will blame you if you eat items from this list of terrible foods – they are all marketed as healthy by manufacturers. Unfortunately, these 10 offenders are secretly unhealthy foods are masquerading as health foods. Do what you can to keep them out of your diet.

1. Low-fat yogurt

Removing fat from yogurt tends to make it bland, and manufacturers compensate by heaping on the sugar, or artificial sweeteners with known adverse health effects. The end result is low-fat yogurts are often less healthy than the regular versions. Add honey or vanilla to plain yogurt for a suitable alternative.

2. Gluten-free foods

If you have gluten intolerance, gluten-free foods are an obvious necessity; however, if you don't, you're likely missing out on nutrients critical to a healthy diet. Whole grain bread contains fiber and natural B-vitamins. You don't need to cut gluten from your diet if you are not sensitive.

3. “Multigrain” products

This is mostly a case of deceptive marketing: products advertised as “multigrain” typically do not contain whole-wheat grain, which is the highest in fiber and vitamins. Multigrain products are usually refined, with decreased nutritional value. Check the ingredients for 100% whole wheat, oats or similar to know if you are getting the good stuff.

4. Smoothies

What's wrong with fruits & vegetables? Absolutely nothing; however, store bought smoothies typically include a huge portion of fruit juice with sugar added and are high in calories. Also, the stomach regards liquid calories differently that solid calories, resulting in undiminished appetite. Just eat fruit.

5. Frozen diet entrees

They successfully removed the fat and calories, but unfortunately packed in a lot of extra sodium. Add to that the conundrum that highly processed frozen food entrees are rarely filling, and if you end up eating two your sodium intake can go through the roof. Avoid processed foods, even the ones marketed as healthy.

6. Granola

This is supposed to be the food that fuels a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle, right? Not exactly. Unfortunately, most granola products are absolutely loaded with sugar, making even the standard small portion sizes a heath dud: a single bowl (not including milk) can have as much as 600 calories. Be choosy and select granola products high in fiber and low in sugar.

7. Nut butters

Nuts are a potent source of healthy fats and nutrients... which are almost all lost in the process of making them into nut butter. Adding insult to injury is the fact those good things are often replaced with sugar and salt. If you want a good nut butter, your best options are almond butter, walnut butter, and soy nut butter.

8. Dried fruit

Number one, manufacturers typically add sugar to dried fruit to make it sweeter. Number two, sulfur dioxide is often added as a preservative. Just eat regular fruit — it's very healthy.

9. Margarine

No one is actually calling margarine a health food, but it is supposed to be a healthier alternative to butter. Turns out maybe we should have stuck with butter all along. Manufacturers have cut most of the trans fats, but it still comes packed with refined vegetable oils. Stick with butter (in moderation).

10. Low-carb snack foods

A low-carb diet can be a path toward weight loss, however the low-carb snack foods that crowd the shelves today contain a laundry list of additives, chemicals and highly refined ingredients. These products don’t contain carbs, however they also typically don’t contain anything that actually nourishes your body.