5 Unhealthy Food Traps: Foods that Sound Healthy, but Aren’t

Have you ever been duped by food that sounds healthy, but it’s not? When you’re trying to eat well, these unhealthy trap foods can be really frustrating (especially when you figure it out afterwards). So we’d love to know, what healthy sounding foods have tricked you in the past? We’d love for you to share them so we can keep an eye out.

To get the ball rolling, here are 5 foods or drinks that have potential to be good for us, but if you don’t pay attention, they might be loaded with junk.

Smoothies_blog1)      Smoothies

When they’re good for us: When you load your smoothie with plain, non-fat yogurt, pure fruit juice, and a good mix of fruits and veggies.

How they’re an unhealthy trap: When you add whole milk, cream, ice cream, juice blends (with high fructose corn syrup), or added sugar, smoothies go down hill in a hurry. In addition, lots of smoothies sold at restaurants or chain stores are full of unhealthy ingredients, so be careful when you order.

Granola_blog2)      Granola

When it’s good for us: When your granola is full of whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fruit, it can be a phenomenal asset to your diet.

How it’s an unhealthy trap: When you start adding sugar-coated fruit, chunks of chocolate, or heavily salted nuts, you could be outweighing the good with the bad. Plus, even the good stuff in granola is loaded with calories, so portion size is something you should definitely track when you’re eating granola.

salad_blog3)      Salads

When they’re good for us: When you make your salad with light dressing, lots of leafy greens, and fresh vegetables.

How it’s an unhealthy trap: Salads are probably the biggest trap of the “I sound healthy, but I’m not” foods. Dressing, processed meats, mayonnaise content, bacon bits, etc. can all turn your salad into a healthy diet destroyer! When you order a salad, don’t be afraid to ask what comes on it, and there’s no shame in getting the dressing on the side.

Energy bar_blog4)      Energy Bars

When they’re good for us: When you pay very close to how many calories a bar contains, you can benefit from the fiber, protein, and benefits from some of these bars.

How they’re an unhealthy trap: While they’re marketed as “health bars,” most are packed with sugar and calories. In fact, many of these bars have the same calorie content of a candy bar.  

5)      Sports Drinks

Sports drink_blogWhen they’re good for us: If you are doing strenuous exercise, these drinks can replace electrolytes and help your body rehydrate.

How they’re an unhealthy trap: Sports drinks are usually loaded with as much sugar as soda. And, if you think Vitamin Water is an exception, think again. A single 20 ounce bottle of Vitamin Water has more sugar in it than your daily recommended amount. So if you’re looking for a healthy drink, always look for unsweetened options.

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  1. Very informative post! I had NO IDEA these foods were so unhealthy. I am much more educated now thanks to your post! I will be back for more. Cheers~

  2. Great call, JoJo. Yogurt is the food that always fools me. Some flavored yogurts have tons of sugar, and I’ve always eaten it thinking I was doing great things for my health. I just need to watch the label a little better.

  3. Reblogged this on On the Path to Greatness and commented:
    Good to know!

  4. I love that you put salads on your list. Ranch dressing or Caesar’s salad dressing are incredibly calorie-laden. If a person douses his or her salad in either of those two dressings, the salad is no longer heart-healthy. They might as well eat a cheeseburger, as it might have fewer calories!

    • Picky Eater

       /  January 18, 2013

      Hi JoJo – I heard a great quote about Ceasar salad once – “Take away the lettuce, and you have fried bread, cheese and oil. Nothing healthy about those.”


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