9 More 'Healthy' Foods To Skip


By: , – Dana Angelo White, Food Network’s Healthy Eats
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We're saying "healthy" because there's a lot more to making nutritious choices than meets the eye. Lots of foods present themselves as healthy when they're anything but. On the other hand, eating too much of some good-for-you foods can get you into trouble, too. We started off with an original list of 9, but there are plenty more foods to watch out for.

Whole-Grain Bagels 
It's still a high-calorie bagel, even if it's made with whole-grain ingredients. Plus, some bagels advertise "whole grain," but are only made with a small fraction of whole-grain flour, so they're lacking the healthy nutrients whole grains are known for. A whole-wheat bagel on occasion is fine, but if you’re watching those calories you’re better off with a slice of bread – you'll save more than 300 calories!

High Fiber Yogurt 
Yogurt doesn't naturally contain fiber, no matter what the clever commercials say. Companies add synthetic versions that up the fiber count and these imposters don’t have the same health benefits as the good old real stuff.  

Drinks With "Servings of Fruits and Vegetables" 
When it comes to food, if it sounds too good to be true, it is! While slurping your produce may sound like a good idea, you’ll be missing out on important nutrients like fiber and numerous vitamins.  To make matter worse, these beverages are often loaded with added sugars, jacking up the calorie count. Opt for a small portion of 100 percent fruit juice for the occasional sip, but real fruits and veggies are the way to eat your daily dose.  

Frozen Diet Entrees
While you are promised a wholesome meal in a microwave-ready tray (doesn't that just seem sketchy already?), you’re usually getting vastly processed ingredients and an excessive amount of sodium. Check the laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients – it’s about as far from wholesome as you can get.

Breakfast Cereals Labeled "Whole-Grain"
Even sugary kids cereals come plastered with seals of approval and check marks proclaiming they are made with whole grains. Most of them average less than one gram of fiber and 3 teaspoons of added sugar per cup — and who eats just a cup?! Check out our picks for the best cereals options and always read the side panels on boxes for the real nutrient facts.

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  • 37
    Label reading ..The more you know. My doctor says he believes that everything we put in our mouths impacts us like a drug. Still it can be a really downer when you try to make healthy choices only to find you are sabotaging yourself! They say give up red meat - you eat fish - they say watch the mercury! I always think about the golden rule. Things are made of Carbs Fats and Protein. If something is fat free umm well it usually full of sugar. It is sugar free it is usually full of fat. Maybe it is about the middle of the road and moderation. The more we know the better we can be in terms of making good choices! Thanks for the information1 - 5/19/2012   5:32:41 PM
  • 36
    Really (rolls eyes). I agree with the person who posted the number 11 comment. This site needs to be consistent. Which is it you can't have it both ways either there are truly 'bad" foods or everything in moderation applies? - 5/19/2012   11:26:52 AM
  • 35
    Great Information... and I was really happy to hear that the Kashi Cereal was pretty much the best on the list... its my favorite Cereal. - 5/18/2012   2:05:44 PM
    Good info thanks! Always count on Sparkspeople to teach me something new! - 5/18/2012   1:10:55 PM
  • 33
    Frozen entrees: Organic Bistro, Helen's Kitchen, Kashi, some Amy's. These do quite nicely when DH is out of town, and I drag myself home from work with only a couple of hours to fit in the rest of life before lights out. - 5/18/2012   7:26:32 AM
  • 32
    before, lets say 50years, nobody was SO concerned about food.... i mean, who was actually eating stuff listed in this article? :) - 5/18/2012   3:27:04 AM
  • 31
    Raw food. - 5/18/2012   12:30:27 AM
  • 30
    I know, I know, bagels aren't a health food. But every once in a while I must indulge, particularly if I find myself in NYC. I won't live my life without bagels, but they are a treat now, not a daily breakfast. - 5/17/2012   8:56:37 PM
  • 29
    Just bought Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter. Compared all the other brands and they all contained sugar or molasses and other fats than peanut including soy, canola and corn. When I ate some of the Natural peanut butter, it stuck to the roof of my mouth and I thought to myself, "How long ago it has been since I have had peanut butter stick to the roof of my mouth?"

    Always read labels. - 5/17/2012   7:44:25 PM
  • 28
    In general I steer clear of anything that is labeled "low fat" or "fat free." It took many years, but I realize now that i am MUCH more satisfied with a piece of full fat cheese or a REAL Oreo cookie on occasion than trying to convince myself that the worse tasting, chemically altered so-called "healthier" version is what my body wanted. - 5/17/2012   1:36:10 PM
    Anything that comes with a bar code - 5/17/2012   11:37:03 AM
  • 26
    Bottom line, READ. Know your products. - 5/17/2012   10:46:23 AM
  • 25
    I once put fat free cheese on a pizza. It doesn't melt right. I was told that I might as well have thrown a handful of rubberbands on the pizza.

    everyone's a critic - 5/17/2012   10:43:56 AM
    I am addicted to low sodium V-8 juice, and usually drink a 12-oz. can daily... And I occasionally indulge in a whole-grain bagel, but only eat half (sometimes I need a change from bread). - 5/17/2012   10:33:16 AM
  • 23
    My favorite, not so healthy, but says it is food ? hmm.... oh, I think that would be the Diet Coke I saw that was loaded with VITAMINS !! I believe it was called Diet Coke Plus. How dumb do companies think consumers are ? Do they really believe that adding vitamins to a product will make us think that drinking soda is good for us ? - 5/17/2012   9:33:29 AM
  • 22
    The list is good but always read labels. There are many frozen entrees that are really quite fine. I agree, everything in moderation. If the whole grain bagel is big, eat half one day and half the next. And I agree about the ingredients that you can't pronounce. - 5/17/2012   9:32:05 AM
  • 21
    I still say everything in moderation. - 5/17/2012   8:44:11 AM
  • 20
    Good list, good reminder. Thank you!!! - 5/17/2012   8:30:56 AM
  • 19
    This is a good list that hits a lot of things that seem like they should be healthy. I was especially intrigued by the chicken sausage. Fitness magazines use chicken sausage all the time in place of regular sausage, and while I don't personally use chicken sausage because I'm not afraid of a higher percentage of dietary fat, I didn't realize that they have higher sugar and sodium. That one is good to know! - 5/17/2012   7:02:25 AM
  • 18
    Great list - the chicken sausage was a surprise to me...the rest - not so much! - 5/17/2012   5:46:49 AM
  • 17
    I have a weakness for oatmeal made with skim milk, a lot of cinnamon, and fresh strawberries & blackberries. No added sugar in the fruit, and the oatmeal is just plain oats. It fills me up without added sugar, corn syrup or other nasty additions! - 5/17/2012   12:39:35 AM
  • 16
    Thank you for telling the truth about these items. We need to make sure that the general public gets this information. - 5/17/2012   12:12:44 AM
  • 15
    Those "healthy" breakfast cereals drive me absolutely batty - I have a lot of teachable moments with my kids. - 5/17/2012   12:06:03 AM
  • 14
    I've been eating Multi-Grain Cheerios for a couple of years, and compared it to the regular Cheerios last time I shopped......I was surprised to find the regular ones were better. I love these blogs!! - 5/16/2012   10:47:05 PM
  • 13
    Ha. I feel smug because there is nothing on this list (other than baked chips) that I eat. I am gluten free, so no bagel. I eat plain greek yogurt and add my own fruit, I have been anti fruit juice for a long time and look at it as a really, really rare treat. Frozen diet meals just don't appeal to me like they did when I was newly married and one of those meals, a yogurt and a piece of fruit was easy to take to work...now I am more of a food snob. I prefer gf oatmeal, grits or breakfast potatoes over cold cereal for breakfast. Totally agree on the cheese thing. We make our own snack mixes/trail mixes using gf cereal, nuts and craisins for the kids...I leave out the craisins for me and sometimes change the nuts out for almonds or walnuts. I don't eat chicken sausage but it has me thinking I need to examine the sausage that I do eat with a more critical eye. And I am guilty of having some baked corn chips just this evening. - 5/16/2012   10:41:32 PM
  • 12
    sometimes the 'fake' alternative is the only way. like if you work 12+ hours a day for 7 days straight....fresh fruit and vegetables aren't going to hold. and don't have a fridge at work. I realize fresh, whole food closer to its natural state is always better, but why are we slamming things JUST because they are processed? Isn't a frozen diet entree better than eating out of a vending machine, or starving?
    Also, 'fake' fiber doesn't work any differently in your body than fiber straight from the plant. Ridiculous. - 5/16/2012   10:00:38 PM
  • 11
    yeah funny how companies will outright LIE to make a buck. - 5/16/2012   9:46:46 PM
  • 10
    I always wondered about the fibered up yogurt. Didn't seem to make any sense to me. - 5/16/2012   9:11:05 PM
  • 9
    Actually, if you want a bagel, you can get the Thomas bagel thins that have all the flavor, but only around 100 calories! They're thinner, and the wheat version is really yummy! - 5/16/2012   8:00:10 PM
    Whole wheat bread is one of my pet peeves. Most of what is sold as whole wheat is little more than white bread with molasses in it for color. Even the organic whole wheat you buy at the health food store is seldom really whole wheat. It's been sifted and separated. What used to be called graham flour is closer to real whole wheat. The best way to get whole wheat is to buy the grain and grind it yourself. A warning about that though, most bread machines can't handle it and even many heavy duty mixers can't. We we finally found a bread machine that we haven't worn out in years, even though they say not to use home-ground flour, and our new mixer is a Bosch. We wore out 2 others in the past 20 years or so. - 5/16/2012   6:12:31 PM
    This information is very helpful. You can't believe everything you read on products. Learning from a great source about label facts is a plus. - 5/16/2012   5:15:04 PM
  • 6
    I batch cook on weekends, have microwavable divided plates with covers to freeze portions for a complete dinner. Just add heat and a salad! Ziploc makes some.. others I bought as a set.. very inexpensive,, crock pots are the bomb for this.. did you know it only costs about ten cents to cook one all day??? - 5/16/2012   2:58:45 PM
  • 5
    I like to freeze meals myself for days that I just can't bear cooking. One of my favorites is the Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken from the Sparkpeople cookbook. I put it in a single serving size freezable/microwaveable Corningware dish with a lid, layered like enchiladas (half the tortilla on bottom, half on top, topped with a bit of cheese). I defrost it in the microwave, then toss it in the oven on high heat until it's bubbly and the cheese browns nicely. Freezer to table in under 20 minutes. Works great for all kinds of dishes. Individual lasagnas, stews, whatever. - 5/16/2012   2:31:31 PM
  • 4
    Agreed @DOLLIE6. Amy's is the best - no unpronounceable ingredients! Its the most delicious (and healthy) frozen food I have found. - 5/16/2012   2:25:43 PM
  • 3
    I like Amy's organic packaged meals. They are great when I am running late and am starving. - 5/16/2012   2:08:22 PM

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