Video: 7 “Healthy” Foods – That Really Aren’t

Surely we all know by now that the Food Industry has only one thing top of mind – and that’s to make money. So they do a great job of making factory-made items appear that they’re good for us when in fact they’re highly processed. Here are just a few items that are touted as “healthy foods” that, when you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see really aren’t!

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1) Store Bought Granola Bars 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

These cereal bars have a picture of strawberries on the front, but the only thing “strawberry” about them is natural and artificial strawberry “flavoring.” The bars actually contain dried pieces of cranberries disguised as strawberries, and that’s fairly misleading if you ask me. These bars also contain their fair share of refined grains, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oil (aka trans fat) – no, thank you!

Instead: Make your own or look for store bought Lara Bars, Kit’s Organic Bars, or Raw Crunch Bars (use our “100days” code for 20% off Raw Crunch)

2) Flavored Yogurt Tubes Healthy Foods That Really Aren't from 100 Days of #RealFoodBack in the day when I bought these for the first time (thanks to a coupon, of course) my husband said, “Why, are you buying this junk food?” I replied, “Junk food? How is yogurt junk food?” But as it turns out these are really just sugary yogurt pops filled with juice and some additives I would not cook with at home (including carrageenan). There’s certainly no whole fruit – like what’s pictured on the front – to be found.

Instead: Make your own by blending together plain yogurt with real fruit (and even greens if you’d like) to make smoothies that you store in the freezer in these reusable smoothie/yogurt pop molds. Little Green Pouches (use coupon code 100DAYS20OFF to save 20%!) and Zipzicles are other good options as well.

3) Organic (Sweetened) Tea Healthy Foods That Really Aren't from 100 Days of #RealFoodThere’s nothing wrong with just plain tea, but there is something wrong with 4 1/2 teaspoons of refined sugar in just one bottle when the maximum daily allowance of sugar is 6 teaspoons for women and 3 for children (just for comparison sake).

Instead: Buy unsweetened organic iced tea and sweeten it yourself with half the amount of sugar (or honey!) instead.

4) Flavored Oatmeal Packets Healthy Foods That Really Aren't from 100 Days of #RealFoodThis is not the first time I’ve picked on these Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets. I just hate how they take a perfectly good 1-ingredient whole food (oats!) and muck it up with fake strawberries (which are really dried apple pieces doused in artificial strawberry flavoring and dye) and a bunch of other questionable additives you would never cook with at home, including partially hydrogenated oil (aka trans fat).

Instead: Buy plain rolled oats and make your own oatmeal in minutes with fresh, wholesome ingredients in minutes! Here’s our favorite hot oatmeal recipe and also our favorite (cold) overnight oats recipe as well.

5) Slim Fast Shake Mix Healthy Foods That Really Aren't from 100 Days of #RealFoodThis has probably helped some people out there lose weight, but I doubt it’s helped make them any “healthier.” The first ingredient (and what it contains the most of) is sugar – the same ingredient that Mark Bittman says is “probably the most dangerous part of our current diet.” (!!) And I pretty much would never cook with any of the rest of the highly processed additives they put into this powder – including two different artificial sweeteners (acesulfame potassium and aspartame).

Instead: You can lose weight (or maintain a healthy weight) without yucky-tasting diet powders and the trick (in addition to eating real food) is portion control. Long story short – Eat a variety of whole foods (including plenty of vegetables) and stop eating when you feel full!

6) 100 Calorie Packs Healthy Foods That Really Aren't from 100 Days of #RealFoodThis is another item that gives the impression of helping with weight loss – it’s too bad all calories are NOT created equal! This is basically a box of (mostly) refined grains and even includes something called “corn syrup solids” in addition to artificial colors and MSG. Still sound appetizing?

Instead: Eat a whole food snack like roasted nuts or 100% whole grain pretzels or crackers.

7) Powerade Healthy Foods That Really Aren't from 100 Days of #RealFoodThis drink is boasts a combination of water, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial dye. Why do people have the impression these highly processed additives are part of what you need to rehydrate after a workout?

Instead: Drink water! Unless you are a marathoner water will likely do the trick. If you are worried about getting electrolytes look into coconut water or make your own homemade gatorade. Smoothies (made from whole foods) are another great post-workout drink as well – along with that water of course.

News Video: 7 “Healthy” Foods – That Really Aren’t

I also shared this line-up on our local Charlotte Today show yesterday for those who’d prefer to see it in video form. Random Note: I accidentally said “harder said than done,” but hopefully it’s obvious I meant to say “easier said than done!” Oh the joys of live TV :)

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32 thoughts on “Video: 7 “Healthy” Foods – That Really Aren’t”

  1. I eat clean and try not to purchase foods with more than 5 ingredients and definitely not ingredients that I can’t pronounce. I prefer fruit to most sweets most of the time. I buy the 100 calorie packs of Chessmen cookies. those are the only cookies I miss. So when I am feeling like a really, really, really want to eat cookies (rare) I grab a 100 calorie pack and it satisfies my sweets craving.
    I think where the 100 calorie packs are misleading is that most people think these are a diet food. and that eating those instead of the regular item is somehow a healthy option. they are designed so that if you want a “cheat treat” you can have one that doesn’t make you feel crappy about yourself after you eat it.

  2. My son brought home the package of product called Rips Slush that he purchased at school. It says 100% juice on the front, but then on the bottom it say “flavored 100% juice” and on the back it says “contains 100% juice”. Needless to say, there are ingredients other than juice in there. ugh.

  3. Divide the sugar content in grams by 4 to get number of teaspoons. For example the sugar content of the Honest Tea is 9 grams. 9 divided by 4 is 2.25. Don’t forget that this is listed PER SERVING. There are two servings in the bottle. That’s 4 1/2 g of sugar. And they say that it’s just a “tad” sweet. Holy smokes. That’s almost all of your allotted sugar for the day.

  4. Is the 100days discount code no longer valid? I just saw this post and was hoping to order some because they sounded so great, but I’m receiving an error message when I input the code. Thanks!

  5. My family and I love granola bars but we dont “love” the ingredients in most of them. Per your suggestion, I ordered the Raw Crunch Bars variety pack so that we could sample the product. They are amazing! I will definitely be ordering multiple boxes to have on hand and since we can get 20% percent off with the 100 Days discount code it just makes them even better :) Thanks!

  6. Such a great article / video. Can you please state the full name of the yogurt tubes again the close captioning had to be wrong, or point me in the direction to find the links. Thank you!?

  7. Hello
    That’s Victoria, with Epicurex LLC.
    We produce and sell COCOZIA 100% organic coconut water.
    We are USDA Organic Certified, Gluten Free, non-GMO and Kosher.

    Could you, please, post it?

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