Are You Eating These 18 Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods?

by Chris Miquel November 27, 2015

Are You Eating These 18 Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods?


  • Just because something says “natural”, or “low-fat”, or “whole grain”, doesn’t mean it’s healthy, in fact it usually means the exact opposite.
  • The abundance of sugar in most of these surprisingly unhealthy foods and drinks is what makes these so bad for you.
  • The food industry is in business to make money, not keep you and your family healthy.
  • Each one of these can be replaced with a more healthy alternative.

Although we seem to be surrounded by fast food chains wherever we go and obesity levels are high, there is a growing number of people who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Improving your overall health doesn’t require huge and drastic changes, they can be small ones that you incorporate into your life with ease. Things like, drinking more water, going for a daily walk, cutting out processed food and cooking your own healthy meals can all be steps to a healthier lifestyle. However, even when we think we are choosing “healthy options” we can often be purchasing food and drinks that can’t really be classified as particularly healthy at all. Here is our list of the most surprisingly unhealthy foods that you should avoid.


  1. Multi-Grain and Whole Wheat Breads

    The FDA says that a grain-containing product labeled “100% whole grain” must be made of germ, endosperm, and bran in proportions that equal those of intact grains. The problem is that bread labeled "multi-grain" and "wheat" is typically made with refined grains, so you're not getting the full nutritional benefit of the whole grain.
  2. Trail Mix

    It’s important to snack on a combination of carbs, protein, and fiber for sustained energy €”and trail mix seems like a perfect example. But grocery store versions are often packed with not-so-nutritious add-ons, like yogurt€-covered raisins, deep-fried banana chips, sesame sticks, or salty nuts. Try making your own trail mix for a healthier alternative.
  3. Muffins

    Quite often the muffins you get in the market, convenience store or even gas stations have added ingredients to preserve them and increase their shelf life. To really ensure your muffin is healthy and not oil-drenched, try baking your own. Follow this link to learn about this surprisingly unhealthy food. blueberry muffins unhealthy
  4. Couscous

    Perhaps given a healthy reputation because it is popular with vegetarians, couscous is made of refined wheat and is no more nutritious than plain white pasta. Try whole wheat couscous or quinoa for a healthier side dish.
  5. Veggie Patties

    Even though veggie burgers are made of, well, veggies, the amount of processing these ingredients go through is where the problem starts, stripping the patties of some essential nutrients. And some “veggie burgers” aren’t even made with straight up vegetables but are instead based on processed soy, which studies suggest isn’t as beneficial as natural soy. On top of this, these patties are filled with sodium, some even reach as high as 400mg per patty!
  6. Light Salad Dressing

    Choosing salad over a sandwich or burger always makes for a healthier lunch, right? But, thanks to brand name salad dressings that pack up to 200 calories and 20 grams of fat per serving, this may not always be the case. For more on this, follow this link.     high calorie light salad dressing unhealthy
  7. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

    It’s reduced fat so it must be healthier, right? Unfortunately not. Both low-fat and full-fat peanut butter usually contain the same amount of calories, but the reduced fat version will contain more sugar. Enjoy it in small doses and don’t eat more just because it says low fat on the label.
  8. Granola

    Granola may be “natural,” but it’s also a typically calorie-dense food and it is loaded with sugar. Some sugar sources may sound healthy, but again, sugar is sugar, and all of it, maple syrup, cane sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, agave nectar, honey, are recognized similarly by your body.
  9. Light or Baked Potato Chips

    They may satisfy your salty craving, but diet or light chips often contain the fat substitute Olestra, which can prevent the absorption of nutrients, among other side effects. So the next time you get a craving for something salty and crunchy turn DO NOT eat these. unhealthy potato chips
  10. Diet Soda

    Even though diet soda has no calories, it has a host of other problems. In a recent study, researchers from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio revealed results that showed the link between diet soda intake and weight gain over time. Over a period of nine years, researchers were able to conclude that those people who drank diet soda had a 70% greater increase in their waistline growth.
  11. Dried Fruit

    Dried fruit is one of the unhealthy healthy foods out there, because of its extremely high content of sugar. One cup of fresh cranberries contains 4g of sugar and one cup of dried cranberries contains a whopping 70g. Check out this website for more on this.
  12. Vitamin Water

    Vitamin Water is actually loaded with sugar, which has an unbelievable 32g per 500ml bottle! Try making your own green tea, chill in the fridge then add lemons and lime and you will have your own sugar free vitamin water! For more on this, follow the link above. vitamin water unhealthy sugar
  13. Fruit Juice

    Fruit juice is often perceived as healthy. That’s understandable, given that it is natural and has the word “fruit” in it. However, what many people fail to realize is that fruit juice is also loaded with sugar. In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink, and sometimes more.
  14. Frozen Yogurt

    While most frozen yogurt is nonfat or very low in fat the calories still add up. Most nonfat "original" or "plain" is about 30-35 calories per ounce with about 20g of sugar, meaning that a large 16-ounce cup weighs in at 380 calories and 76g of sugar before adding any toppings. For more on this surprisingly unhealthy food, check out the link above.
  15. Lean Frozen Meals

    These may be lower in calories than many meals, but frozen dinners just don’t cut it when it comes to nutrients. Most are full of preservatives and sodium and short on vegetables, whose rich fiber content would actually fill you up. Follow this link to learn more about this. surprisingly unhealthy foods lean frozen
  16. Fat-Free Foods

    When it comes to health, the type of fat you eat can be more important than the amount of fat you eat. Sometimes "fat-free" is also, well, taste-free. And to make up for that, food makers tend to pour other ingredients especially sugar, flour, and salt into the products, which can significantly add calories.
  17. Smoothies

    Okay, before you get upset, there’s usually a lot of nutritional benefits to smoothies like antioxidants and tons of vitamins. However, most smoothies come in large serving sizes and contain enough juice, sugar, sorbet, and other rather unhelpful ingredients to make a smoothie no better than the dessert you substituted it for.
  18. Energy Bars

    Unless you’re on a hike or engaged in a high endurance activity, most energy bars aren’t a smart choice. Just take a look at the ingredients; the first ingredient is almost always some form of sugar. For more on this, follow the link above.

Chris Miquel
Chris Miquel


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