Foods You Think Are Healthy But Are Actually Bad for You

From protein bars to agave nectar, these 10 "healthy" foods might be the cause of—not the solution to—your health problems.


We know how hard it is to maintain your New Year's resolution of eating healthier, but before you stock your pantry with every fat-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free item in sight, there’s a few things you should know. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but your go-to low-fat crunchy oat and honey cereal could make a candy bar blush with the amount of sugar it contains. And that's just the tip of the iceberg...

Check out these 10 foods—from protein bars to agave nectar—that are commonly regarded as healthy options, but are actually far from it.

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  • Dion Thompson

    Damn! We can’t eat anything these days!

  • swaggy d

    As long as dunkin donuts breakfast sandwich is not on there im good

  • Jyoti

    Still Stevia is not a wrongdoing artificial sweetener. It is actually a natural sweetener, with no calories.

    You can even see that on Wikipedia.

  • fattsmann


    Regarding the University of Minnesota study, it should be noted that the study cannot prove causality, only association. And their associations for metabolic syndrome are NOT SIGNIFICANT when you factor in confounding (aka not clearly different than randomness). To quote the study:

    For metabolic syndrome (p690, col2, lines 1-5), their data say: “However, with adjustment for baseline measures of adiposity (waist circumference and/or BMI), the association was no longer significant”

    Similarly, on p691, col1, lines 6-9: “…HR comparing extreme diet soda consumption categories was greater (1.54 [95% CI 0.65–3.65], model 2) but not statistically significant.”

    IT IS NOT SIGNIFICANT when you factor in the strongest confounders (see Table 1). You need to factor in the confounders because a large portion of these people ALREADY started with metabolic disease or risk factors (high BMI, at least higher than the non-soda drinking group, and large waist circumference, at least larger than the non-soda drinkers).

    PLEASE GET A FACT CHECKER. Or read the article and discuss the associations to type 2 diabetes and the questions (not answers) that the study raises.

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