13 Sneaky Foods Sabotage Anyone’s Health Goals (They’re Not Junk Food)

In today's health-conscious world, it's important to critically assess our food choices. Some foods may seem healthy but still pose potential health risks. Let's debunk a few "healthy" junk foods.

1. Cereal

Many cereals have excessive sugar and carbs, leading to weight gain and health issues. Always check ingredients. User: "Cereal spikes my blood sugar more than ice cream."

2. Muffins

Many think muffins are healthier than donuts, but America's favorite muffins can have artificial ingredients, excess sugar and no added nutritional benefits.

3. Fruit Juices

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4. Banana Chips

Chips can contain unhealthy sugars, fats, and oils that raise unhealthy cholesterol and cause heart disease. User remarks, "You'd think banana chips were air dried, they're deep-fried in unhealthy oils. Clogged artery chips."

5. Granola Bars

Some granola bars have high sugar, refined carbs and calories. A user equates most to a candy bar, but with less sugar.

6. White Bread

White bread is processed food high in refined carbs and sugar but low in micronutrients. A user likens it to eating cake. Read more here.

7. Protein Bar

While protein bars made at home are healthy, many in the market contain sugars, saturated fats, and low-nutrient ingredients. 

8. Nutella

Enjoying Nutella for breakfast? Keep in mind, two tablespoons pack in 21 grams of sugar and 200 calories with scant proteins, nutrients, or minerals.

9. Yogurt

Yogurt, a common snack with protein, calcium, probiotics, can be high in sugar. Choose natural yogurt.

10. Smoothies

Smoothies can be packed with sugar and unseen calories. Their healthiness varies based on source or preparation. Read: 17 Places Not Worth Visiting Even Once

11. Sports drink

"Sports drinks can cause weight gain and health issues if you're not an athlete. One user compared sports drinks to soda. "

12. Processed Foods Like Pasta

Many gluten-free products like bread, pasta, and crackers are highly processed and contain added sugars and fats to compensate for the lack of gluten.

13.  BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce has higher sugar and salt content than ketchup, potentially reaching daily sodium limit. A user remarked, "I didn't know BBQ sauce was that unhealthy."

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