8 Seemingly Healthy Foods That Are Bad for You ...

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As the nutrition and diet trends come and go, there are many seemingly healthy foods that are bad for you, contrary to what you might hear.

With all of the confusing information out there, it is hard to even know what to eat anymore!

β€œEat this, not that!” β€œFat makes you fat.2

Fat makes you skinny!” β€œCarbs are good.

Carbs are bad!” You know how it goes.

As a dietitian, I hope to end this confusion and help you understand the truth behind the foods we choose to eat.

Here are 8 seemingly healthy foods that are bad for you in actuality!

1. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

Reduced-fat peanut and other butters are some of those seemingly healthy foods that are bad for you in reality.

Fat is not bad, despite what we are trained to believe.

It's the wrong kind of fat that is actually what's bad.2

The fat that is found in natural, full-fat peanut butter is actually the good, unsaturated fat.

The reduced-fat version actually contains more sugar, more unhealthy fat, less of the healthy fats and is also more processed than its full-fat alternative.

Stick to natural peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter or cashew butter when selecting a nut butter instead.

2. Cereals and Granolas

Cereals and Granolas

Most prepackaged cereals and granolas are loaded with sugar (in many different, sneaky forms) and are stripped of their original healthy nutrients.

When it comes to cereal and granola, stick to either making your own granola or sprucing up regular old oats by adding your own berries, bananas, nuts, natural sweeteners and low-fat yogurt.2

You will pass up on a lot of added sugar by making this small, delicious swap!

3. Diet Sodas

Diet Sodas

Diet sodas are full of artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and artificial flavors;

instead, stick to water flavored with lemons, limes, cucumbers or sparkling water.

Because they are so high in phosphorous, both regular and diet soda can also weaken our bones!

Diet soda is no health food, regardless of what you hear!

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