They sound healthy, they look healthy, and food companies work hard to make you believe they are healthy. But many foods that get a good-for-you rap are anything but nutritious. They're packed with calories, fat, added sugars, and all kinds of artificial ingredients that your body doesn't need. Here are some of the worst offenders at the market.
Fat-Free Salad Dressing
Non-fat dressings often pack in scads of salt to compensate for flavor, and they often include dozens of artificial ingredients. Besides, you should have a little fat with your salad. Your body needs it to be able to absorb the nutrients in all those fresh veggies. "Tossed salads are full of fat-soluble vitamins, so I recommend low-fat or light dressings instead of non-fat," Salge Blake says. "Plus, a little fat helps you feel fuller."
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