50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy

Get to a safe space, because your mind is about to be blown. Newsweek
Microwave Popcorn. It’s often loaded with trans fat and salt. Hossam M

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.

Light Salad Dressings. These “healthier” options are often filled with added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, salt and tons of additives and preservatives.Marianna OLE
Smoothies. Fruit smoothies sometimes have as much sugar as a candy bar. Element5 Digital
Gluten-Free Products. If you’ve got a gluten sensitivity, these are great. But for people looking to cut back on carbs, think again. These foods often have more sugar and are highly caloric. Fancycrave
Edamame. Great for fiber and protein, but not when you pack on the salt edamame often comes with. CC0 Creative Commons
Canned Soups. Honestly, even the low-fat ones are packed with salt in order to make it last past the zombie apocalypse. So like, if the zombies are coming for you, eat the soup, but for now skip it. tdesigns
Low-Fat Muffins. They might take out the fat, but they increase the sugar. Lain De Macias
Diet Soda. Aspartame. Aspartame. Aspartame. Fancycrave
Wheat Bread. Many brands have high fructose corn syrup and molasses. Pass.hermaion
Granola. Sure, it looks healthy, but there’s lot of sugar making it taste healthy. Foodie Factor
Trail Mix. Scratch the “trail” part out, and replace it with “sugar and fat.” Cianna
Dried Fruit. It’s fruit, how could it be unhealthy? When dried, you lose much of what makes fruit healthy, the fiber, and it concentrates the sugar. Enotovyj
Flavored Fat-Free Yogurt. Yogurt is good, so is low fat, but the flavoring is packed with sneaky chemicals. Pixaby

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.