The Worst ‘Healthy’ Foods in the Supermarket

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      worst “healthy” pastry
      pop-tarts whole grain brown sugar cinnamon (2 pastries)
      400 calories
      14 g fat (4 g saturated)
      5 g fiber
      28 g sugars

      Whole grain ain’t the whole truth. There’s also a glut of vegetable oil and seven types of sugar stuffed inside. In this case, the costs definitely outweigh the benefits.

      eat this instead!
      sun-maid raisin english muffins with cinnamon
      170 calories
      0.5 g fat (0 g saturated)
      2 g fiber
      13 g sugars

      worst frozen “healthy” entree
      healthy choice complete selections sweet & sour chicken (340 g)
      430 calories
      9 g fat (1 g saturated)
      600 mg sodium
      29 g sugars

      Why would fried chicken cloaked in sugar ever be considered the “healthy choice”?
      In fact, this one frozen chicken entrée has as much sugar as you’d find in two scoops of Breyers Reese’s Peanut Butter cup ice cream. (As bad as this is, check out our list of Worst ‘Healthy’ Restaurant Foods for some even more astounding nutritional imposters.)

      eat this instead!
      kashi southwest style chicken
      240 calories
      5 g fat (0 g saturated)
      680 mg sodium

      worst yogurt
      yoplait 99% Fat Free Cherry Orchard (1 container, 170 g)
      170 calories
      1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
      27 g sugars
      5 g protein

      Think those 27 grams of sugars come from the cherries? Think again: After milk, sugar is the first ingredient on this list. And there’s as much of it in there as you’ll find in two scoops of Breyer’s All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. Go Greek instead; Stonyfield skims their line of Oikos yogurts of the watery whey, leaving you with a cup of ultra creamy yogurt that packs less than half the sugar and three times the protein of the Yoplait disappointment.

      Worried about sugar? Here’s a list of the 20 most sugar-packed foods in America.

      eat this instead!
      oikos organic vanilla greek yogurt
      110 calories
      0 g fat
      11 g sugars
      15 g protein

      worst “healthy” bread
      arnold whole grains health nut (2 slices, 86 g)
      240 calories
      4 g fat (0 g saturated)
      4 g fiber

      Don’t fall for the label braggadocio. For as calorie-dense as this bread is, there’s just not enough fiber to justify it in your diet. Look for this unsuspecting potato bread, instead, which is one of the best loaves on the shelf.

      In addition to a boast-worthy fiber load that doubles that of the Health Nut, it also packs an impressive 12 grams of protein.

      eat this instead!
      martin’s 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread (2 slices, 70 g)
      140 calories
      2 g fat (0 g saturated)
      8 g fiber

      worst cereal
      quaker 100% Natural Granola, Oats, Honey & Raisins (1 cup)
      420 calories
      12 g fat (7 g saturated)
      6 g fiber
      30 g sugars

      For the record, granola, for all its reputation as a beacon of breakfast virtue, is one of the worst ways to start your day. That’s because it takes an awful lot of sugar to keep those clusters glued together, making a single cup as sweet as two bowls of Cocoa Pebbles and as calorie-dense as 8 chicken wings. Even scarier, with the Cocoa Pebbles, you’d get more fiber and save about 60 calories in fat.

      Go one step further and swap the Granola for Kashi GoLean. Do this every day this year and you’ll save 29 pounds!

      eat this instead!
      kashi golean (1 cup)
      140 calories
      1 g fat (0 g saturated)
      10 g fiber
      6 g sugars

      worst snack bar
      kellogg’s nutri-grain raspberry cereal bar (1 bar)
      140 calories
      3 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
      13 g sugars
      2 g fiber

      With a name like that, you’d think these Kellogg’s breakfast bars were the healthiest food on the planet. Too bad the very first ingredient is high-fructose corn syrup. That’s right, most of that delicious fruity goodness is actually synthesized sugar.

      Not all Nutri-Grain products are equally unsavory, however. Choose the Nutri-Grain Cranberry, Raisin & Peanut bars and at least you’ll be getting a dose of healthy nuts and real fruit.

      eat this instead!
      kellogg’s nutri-grain cranberry, raisin & peanut fruit and nut bar (1 bar)
      120 calories
      3.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
      11 g sugars
      3 g fiber

      worst butter substitute
      i can’t believe it’s not butter! original (1 Tbsp, 14 g)
      90 calories
      10 g fat (2 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
      90 mg sodium

      Stick margarine is the absolute worst. To make it solid, it has to be stabilized with partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fat. What unsuspecting slatherers are left with is a single tablespoon of yellow goop that contains more than a full day’s worth of a fat that’s been proven to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Stick with real butter instead; Organic Valley Whipped Butter has just two ingredients: sweet cream and salt.

      eat this instead!
      organic valley whipped butter (1 Tbsp)
      50 calories
      6 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
      40 mg sodium

      worst juice
      v8 Splash Mango Peach (8 fl oz)
      80 calories
      0 g fat
      18 g sugars

      This juice is closer to Coke than regular V8. The first two ingredients are water and high-fructose corn syrup, and it contains only 10% juice. Go for the real deal instead; the V-Fusion Light will provide you with a full serving of fruits and vegetables for nearly half the calories and sugar.

      drink this instead!
      v8 V-Fusion Light Peach Mango (8 fl oz)
      50 calories
      0 g fat, 10 g sugars

      What you drink can make an enormous difference in how many calories you consume every day. Stay away from this shocking list of the 20 unhealthiest drinks in America. Your belly with thank you.

      Also, if you turn to salads as a smart choice when you eat out, be warned: here are 7 salad disasters, as well as a list of the best salads in America.

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