50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy

50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy
50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy Newsweek

Trigger Warning: You're about to be very depressed, because the food you think is healthy might actually be not so healthy after all. You win some, you lose some (well, in the case of food, most of us are just losing).

We've all been there. You think you're eating something healthy. You run to Costco and buy a ton of it. Seconds, even thirds, of a particular food is fine, it's healthy, right? Wrong.

"We live in an environment surrounded by food, and our brains are constantly being prodded to eat it," Susan Roberts, PhD, told HealthyWomen.org. This is especially true of food that is marketed as being "healthy" but is secretly filled stuff that actually isn't healthy at all.

Things like diet soda, dried fruit, juices and even some oatmeals are secretly out to make you put on the pounds.

This is particularly a problem considering the obesity epidemic in United States. A couple of startling facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese.
  • The estimated annual medical costs for people who are obese is $1,429.
  • Obesity is particularly a problem for people of color, specifically Hispanic and black Americans.
  • Nearly one in five school age children are obese.
  • Children who are obese are more likely to have long term chronic health problems.
  • Obesity is the fifth leading cause of death globally.

Unhealthy foods masquerade as healthy in large part due to marketing. Some wheat breads, for example, have the same glycemic index as white bread, making the supposed health benefits of wheat bread worthless.

So what are the "healthy" foods you're probably eating right now that you should stop, or at the very least cut back on? We combed through lots of food and put together a list of 50 popular foods you should probably think twice before eating. Get to a safe space, because your mind is about to be blown.

Microwave Popcorn
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Light Salad Dressing
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Gluten Free Snacks
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Canned Soup
Low Fat Muffins
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Diet Soda