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Not all health foods are created equal. In fact, some foods claim to be good for you, but, these foods could be secretly compromising your health and weight loss goals.

The main problem is that many so-called “health” foods are loaded with ingredients, you want to avoid on your health journey. These include fat, sugar, and carbohydrates. Also, most often these foods are highly processed, and contain lots of added ingredients that you may not understand or recognize.

Here are 7 Fake “Health” Foods You Should Avoid at all cost!

1. Diet Soda

People are obsessed with soda. And no wonder: it’s bubbly, and are loaded with sugar, making it one tasty beverage.

But, this also means it brings major problems to people who are trying to get fit and lose weight. That is why so many are turning to diet soda, which replaces high-fructose corn syrup or sugar with artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame.

But, this does not make them healthy by any means. There are health consequences of consuming large amount of artificial sweeteners. Therefore, if you are looking for a healthy and refreshing beverage, try water.

2. Flavored Yogurts

Many lowfat diet plans suggest healthy snacks, and this include yogurt. Plain varieties are are loaded with probiotics, which helps in digestion and are low in sugar.

Just 1 cup of yogurt provides potassium, calcium, and vitamin D. But, that depends. Fruit-flavored yogurts often contain high fructose corn syrup, which is like the equivalent of dipping a banana in chocolate, then calling it a diet-friendly food.

Also, don’t consume too much plain yogurt, the healthiest choice with sugary granola mixes. You can try mixing blueberries, or, if you are want some crunch, shredded wheat.

3. Frozen Meals

When you are avoiding eating unhealthy foods, frozen meals can seem like the best thing. You just put pop th food in the microwave and you’re ready!

But, what’s the problem? Many frozen diet dishes contain bad foods due to its high sodium content, and in some cases, an overload of carbs and preservatives.

You are better off making your own “pre-made” meals using fresh ingredients, and then packaging them in Tupperware to heat up before consumption.

4. Fruit Juice

Many fruit juice companies are boasting that their products are healthy because, they are rich in fruit. And technically, that is usually the case, take orange juice, for example, is typically full of oranges.

But did you know that it can also be full of sugar, both artificial and natural? Also, fruit juice can be filled with artificial preservatives, bringing many of the fruit juice companies’ health claims, into serious question.

Look for “no sugar added” juice or, much better, make your own fruit juice using fresh ingredients.

5. Protein Bars

Protein bars are only necessary if you are not getting enough protein from your natural diet, along the lines of tofu, beans, fish, egg whites, poultry, lean meats, etc.).

Also, many protein bars are filled with high fructose corn syrup or sugar, plus 200 plus calories, that will not fill you up.

6. Smoothies

Most of the shop-bought smoothies are made from sweetened fruit puree and syrup, which means it contain only little fiber and protein.

You can make your own versions at home, using green yogurt, kefir, fresh or frozen fruit.

7. Vegetable Crisps

These vegetable crisps are no healthier than other traditional varieties, and contains as much salt and fat. In fact, these are good old-fashioned potato crisps in which powdered tomato, spinach, or other vegetables are added.

Also, if you look at the ingredient list you will notice that vegetable oil is listed, which means heavy frying. If you are into crunchy textures, make your own crisps out of kale or pita bread, or better still, choose the original ingredient, which are raw vegetables!

Sources:
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