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 labelled 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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