Which ‘healthy’ foods really aren’t that great for you?

Time’s Healthland took an interesting look at foods that people think are healthy but aren’t actually great choices.

Several experts explain on the site why the foods listed below aren’t as healthy as you might think. Some of the story’s examples included:

Reduced fat peanut butter – They don’t like that there are other ingredients added to this product to lower the fat and calories only a little bit.

Frozen yogurt – People choose big portions because they think it’s healthy and then add high-calorie toppings. Also there may not be as many live pro-biotics in this frozen treat as the consumer believes. It all depends on how it was made.

Gluten-free foods – “(Katherine Booking, a registered dietician and co-founder of AppforHealth.com ) notes that many gluten-free foods are now marketed to the general public as health foods — even though some processed gluten-free products are made with significant amounts of added sugar, saturated fat and preservatives. “Since I do not have gluten issues, I do not eat gluten-free foods. The majority of Americans do not have these problems,” she says. “Don’t be fooled into thinking that gluten-free is healthier if you don’t have gluten problems.”

High-fiber cereal – You learn this on Weight Watchers. They really hit you hard for eating cereal even if it is high in fiber.  The expert in the story doesn’t like them because often there are many additives used in the cereal.

Check the link for more examples.

I think I used to eat way too many cheese sticks and granola bars thinking they were healthy. But not in the volume I was eating them.

What items do you eat that you think are healthy but may not be due to portion, quantity or additives? Are you consuming any of the examples in the article?

15 comments Add your comment


April 26th, 2012
1:02 pm

I do NOT buy anything that has “Free” on the label….Fat Free, caffene free, sugar free, etc. That stuff is just horrible, and if the fat is taken out, something else is put in.

The BEST diet, I mean lifestyle, is to eat in moderation, and get plenty of exercise. I don’t know why that is such a hard plan to maintain? You done’t nee


April 26th, 2012
1:17 pm

The stupidity and gullibility factor of todays parents is at an all time high and it is no wonder they cant apprehend the basics.


April 26th, 2012
1:18 pm

comprehend the basics…that is.

I cut the cheese Uh Huh Uh Huh

April 26th, 2012
1:55 pm

What about light beer?


April 26th, 2012
1:55 pm

You can add water to that list as well.
Fish are having sex in it and pooping in it all of the time, and countless people have drown in it over the centuries.

It’s hazardous filthy stuff.

Voice of Reason

April 26th, 2012
2:49 pm

Everything you eat will kill you if you eat enough of it at one time. Your argument is invalid.

bread breaker

April 26th, 2012
3:50 pm

I’ve been known to overdo it on the olive oil. Healthy in moderation, but too fatty in excess.

I stay away from processed edibles which claim to be 1. food; and 2. healthy.


April 26th, 2012
4:22 pm

I believe light beer is healthy and you can feel good about the lesser calories. Drink enough of it you and won’t even think about the insipid taste.

vince black

April 26th, 2012
5:02 pm

Looks like the anti-gluten free brigade is at it again. Today on Yahoo! via Self magazine, the top 10 superfoods, guess, what, are all gluten-free. This strategy of linking “gluten-free” to sugary processed foods is getting old. Visit Gluten-sensitive.com for videos about the anti-gluten-free agenda.

mystery poster

April 26th, 2012
5:04 pm

Granola. LOADED with fat and sugar. Not really healthy at all.

vince black

April 26th, 2012
5:37 pm

forgot to mention, the top 10 superfoods for weight loss, posted today on Self.com and Yahoo!…All gluten-free and can be seen here on Gluten-sensitive.com: tinyurl.com/7chb27e


April 26th, 2012
10:04 pm

ANY frozen “diet” foods -Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers -they’re all preservative-ridden, sodium laden nightmares.


April 27th, 2012
8:22 am

Read “In Defense of Food.” http://j.mp/zcXMRQ

My favorite tip Pollan gives to selecting food is don’t eat foods that make health claims.

The key to eating well is eating real food. Real food is food that is not processed. Make your snacks look like meals (protein, fat and carbohydrate from real foods) and make your meals have more vegetables and less grains (in my case, no grains!) with a good serving of quality protein.


April 27th, 2012
9:00 am

In Cassandra (from Wayne’s World) voice: Jarvis, “you make me laugh!”


April 30th, 2012
8:50 am

This just in…life is dangerous on this planet and followed by death…for everyone on the planet Earth, nay for everyone that has ever been born on this dangerous planet. Who’d a thunk it?