31 Healthy Foods You Should Think Twice About Eating

Katie Sweeney

Ever wonder if the healthy food you’re stocking your fridge and pantry with is actually healthy? You’re not alone. According to a recent MSN story, “With all the food trends and conflicting information out there, it’s difficult to tell which foods are actually healthy for you—and which ones are nothing more than a marketing gimmick hoping to take advantage of your quest for a better diet.” It’s true that many companies slap a “healthy” label on the product and trick people into eating something that’s loaded with sugar, calories, sodium, and chemicals. A great example? Veggie chips. The snack-food aisle staple seems healthy, but the vegetables are incredibly processed, left with no nutrients, and full of sodium. Nutritionists don’t approve and would recommend crunching on raw carrots or celery sticks instead of the crispy bagged treat. What other foods should you avoid? Below, I list the 31 items that the Eat This, Not That team disapprove of.

  1. Smoothie bowls
  2. Granola
  3. Veggie chips
  4. Pre-made protein shakes
  5. Organic candy
  6. Agave syrup
  7. Flavored yogurt
  8. Baked chips
  9. Light ice cream
  10. Calorie-free spray
  11. Diet soda
  12. 100-calorie snack packs
  13. Pretzels
  14. Spinach wraps
  15. Sports drinks
  16. Anything labeled gluten-free
  17. Microwave popcorn
  18. Trail mix
  19. Dried fruit
  20. Soy milk
  21. Fruit and yogurt parfaits
  22. Blue corn tortilla chips
  23. Frozen dinners
  24. Canned soup
  25. Low-fat peanut butter
  26. Canned fruit cocktail
  27. Fruit juice
  28. Protein bars
  29. Rice cakes
  30. Organic fruit snacks
  31. Fast-food salads

Learn what foods you should be eating by referring to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.

Do you regularly eat any of the offending food items?

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