10 Foods That Sound Healthy But Aren’t

Advertising can be misleading when it comes to buying healthy food. Companies label and market their products as being low-calorie, low-fat, sugar-free, low-sugar, reduced sodium, all natural, and organic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good for you. Here are 10 foods that sound healthy, but in reality, can do more harm than good.


So many people think Nutella is healthy, but I don’t know why! The first ingredient on the label is sugar, followed by palm oil, and then hazelnuts. With 21 grams of sugar in two tablespoons, you might as well go eat a Snickers candy bar; there are 26 grams of sugar in the whole thing!

Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

The words “reduced fat” sound healthy, but don’t let them trick you. Peanut butter is an excellent source of healthy fats, so taking the fat away isn’t good. In its place, companies add processed fillers like corn syrup and vegetable oils.

Frozen Diet Meals

This includes Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Lean Pockets, Smart Ones, and many others. While these meals offer portion control and limited calories, they lack almost everything else. They are packed with additives, chemicals, preservatives, and processed and modified ingredients. And don’t forget, you’ll be hungry 20 minutes after eating one of these meals, so why bother?

Sports Drinks

Gatorade, Propel, and Powerade are just a few. Sports drinks are loaded with sugars, processed ingredients, and additives. In just one bottle of Powerade, you’ll guzzle down 56 grams of sugar. That’s about the same as if you ate 14 Oreo cookies!

Sugar Free Drinks

This includes diet pop, flavored waters, and drink mixes. While these drinks don’t have any sugar, they have lots of artificial sweeteners instead. Also included in these drinks are acids, preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors. Sounds delicious, right?


Don’t go thinking that V8 is as bad for you as everything else on this list; it’s not. But, it’s definitely not as good for you as it seems. The first word on the ingredient label is “reconstituted.” As you keep reading, you’ll see the words “concentrated” and “acid.” This is obviously a very processed food, and many of the beneficial nutrients in the vegetable juice are destroyed during processing anyway. So, you could’ve had a V8, or you could just eat raw veggies.

Canned Soups

Soup companies are geniuses when it comes to making their products look healthy. The cans are full of pictures of lean protein, veggies, and spices, misleading consumers. What’s really in that can of soup? Lots of sodium, extracts, acids, and other additives. Try making your own soup instead.

So-Called “Healthy” Cereals

There are so many cereals that call themselves healthy, I can’t possibly list them all. A few popular brands are Special K, FiberOne, Mini-Wheats, and Raisin Bran. These cereals all seem healthy until you take a closer look at the ingredients labels. They all contain sugar, syrups, flavorings, and other additives. Be careful, and read labels closely.

Baked Potato Chips

Just because they aren’t fried doesn’t mean they’re any better for you! The ingredients label for Lay’s Original Baked! Chips includes dried potatoes, sugar, so lecithin, and corn sugar. Gross! Don’t think substituting baked chips is any better for you than regular potato chips.

Chex Mix

Sure, the bag says it’s got 60% less fat than regular potato chips. So? Apparently that means they can fill their product with vegetable oil, sugar, added colors, flavors, syrups, and acids instead. The ingredients list for Traditional Chex Mix is a mile long.


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