Misleading Foods – These Aren’t As Healthy As You Think
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Misleading Foods – These Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

Misleading Foods – These Aren’t As Healthy As You Think

Whether you are trying to lose weight or build muscle the truth of the matter is progress is made in the kitchen, not in the gym.

That’s not to say exercise isn’t important it certainly is but exercise alone won’t help if you make much progress unless you fix your diet first.

But nutrition is a very complicated affair and many people will already have preconceived notions about what is healthy and what isn’t.

We all know about fruits and vegetables, don’t we?

But there are plenty of other foods out there that many people think are healthier but actually aren’t.

Or at the very least not as healthy as you think they are.

So, let’s look at some of these foods in more detail to see what they are really like.

Fruit Juices

When you’re trying to lose weight or just stay healthy beverages are a difficult thing to get to grips with.

Coffee and tea aren’t actually that bad if you don’t use too much sugar or cream but many people will opt for fruit juices instead.

This does make sense, after all, it’s fruit juice how unhealthy could it be?

Especially when you see that many of these juices also count as one of your five a day.

But while they might contain plenty of fruit (although not all of them will) they are also loaded with sugar.

So, you are best avoiding them because they are not as healthy as you think they are.

Breakfast Cereals

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and that is especially true if you are trying to lose weight or improve your fitness.

Many people think one of the healthiest things to have for breakfast is cereal but they often aren’t as healthy as you think.

Even cereals that claim to be low in calories and low fat will often still have some nasty additions that make them quite unhealthy.

Cornflakes, for example, are often thought to be very healthy but they are quite low in protein and have a high sugar count.

They might be low in fat but they actually promote fat storage as well.

Energy Bars

Now this one that many people fall victim to, unfortunately, after all, they are usually marketed as the more healthy choice.

Energy bars come in many forms and while some are healthy many of them are actually full of sugar and calories.

The presence of nuts, fruit, and seeds might make them look like a good healthy snack choice but in some cases, a regular chocolate bar might actually be healthier!

If you are thinking of buying some energy bars as a snack read the ingredients carefully to ensure they are low in sugar.


Many people use pretzels as a more healthy alternative to crisps when they are trying to lose weight.

But since they are on this list you probably already know that they are not as healthy as many people think they are.

Pretzels don’t have the high-fat content of crisps which is good but you are swapping that fat for high levels of sodium and salt.

You can avoid the pitfalls of pretzels by opting for unsalted ones and while the sodium is still a little a high they are a much healthier alternative.

Salad Dressing

Salad dressing must be healthy right?

Well, unfortunately, that is not always the case a lot of salad dressings are not as healthy as they might first appear to be.

It’s easy to see why people add dressing to their salads, after all, a plate of vegetables is unlikely to be very tasty, even if it is undeniably healthy.

But salad dressings are usually full of unhealthy ingredients like sugar and trans fats to name just two.

Shop bought salad dressing, in particular, is often very unhealthy so it is best avoided if you want to make your salads a bit more flavourful making your own healthy dressing is the best option.


OK hear me out on this one yes smoothies can be very healthy but many readily available shop brand smoothies are very unhealthy.

They are usually very high in sugar and while they might taste nice they won’t help when it comes to losing weight.

So, if you want to enjoy a refreshing smoothie that is both healthy and tasty your best option is to make your own.

So, that is a look at six foods that might appear healthy but actually aren’t.

As part of a balanced diet, you can still enjoy these foods in moderation as the odd treat but they shouldn’t be the things you use to stay healthy or get in shape.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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