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.
Although some people need to avoid gluten for medical reasons, many others cut out foods containing this protein because they think "gluten-free" means healthy. It doesn't. "Usually when people go gluten-free just to manage their weight, it backfires," Salge Blake says. "Many gluten-free foods, especially sweet stuff like cookies, have the same number of calories as their gluten-containing equivalents, if not more. These foods are also more expensive, so if you don't really need to avoid gluten, it doesn't make sense to buy them."
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