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8 Foods You Thought Were Healthy Are No Better Than Junk Food

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Is there anything sadder than forcing down a food you don't like because you think it's good for you — and then finding out it's unhealthy after all? That's right up there with learning that one you enjoy is bad for your health.

And the lists of good and bad foods keep changing, doesn't it. Healthy foods appear on the scene, like homemade granola did in the 70s. Unfortunately, it eventually experienced a sleight of hand, being replaced seemingly without our realizing it, by the convenience of granola you could buy ready-made.

But once a healthy food is nudged out by a processed food, we are left with only a superficial resemblance. Healthy no more.

Here are a few other healthy-looking unhealthy foods that may surprise you:

1) Dried fruit

Fruit is supposed to be good for you, right? Well, it depends. Dried fruit has a much higher sugar content than fruit in its natural state.

The method of drying is important too. When sulfur dioxide is added to inhibit discoloration of the fruit, some people may have a sensitivity to it. Blog.foodnetwork.com said that thiamin, a B vitamin, is destroyed by sulfur dioxide.

2) Energy bars

The question you must ask is, where is this extra energy coming from? Chances are it's coming from the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, and trans fats. The corn syrup is likely genetically modified which is increasingly being scrutinized.

3) Frozen or fruit-flavored yogurt

Plain yogurt is still a healthy food for those who don't have a dairy intolerance. But other forms of yogurt are adulterated by sugar and unhealthy fats.

4) Granola and granola bars

Let's look at the previously mentioned snack food, granola. Is the package you bought made with trans fats? Is it full of sugar or corn syrup? What artificial ingredients are in it?

When you think it's a healthy snack you may also find yourself eating bigger portions, so be prepared, you can get fat on this so-called "healthy" food just like on other more honest junk foods.

5) Margarine

Trans fats are bad for you. Period.

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