By Summer Banks FNS, SPT on May 02, 2022

There is a lot of info healthy foods helping you lose weight.

While they’re considered healthy foods, most are also unhealthy foods.

Below are nine healthy foods that you should skip if you want to better your health or lose weight

1. Fruit Juice – Unhealthy or a Healthy Alternative to Soda?

According to SelfNutritionData, fruit juice seems like it would be a healthy choice. Maybe even a good alternative to soda, but it’s not.

Most juices are not made from real fruit they are made with water, sugar, and artificial fruit flavored ingredients.

While 100% fruit juice is a better choice, it should still be consumed in moderation.

Most fruit juices, even the real ones, provided you with as much sugar as drinking soda does.

Since the fiber is removed from fruit to make fruit juice when you drink it, it causes a spike in your blood sugar.

When you drink fruit juice, there is nothing to slow the sugar down as it enters your body. It’s also super easy to consume extremely high amounts of sugar in one sip.

Takeaway: Drinking fruit juice is just as high in sugar as soda. To avoid, a dangerous and unhealthy spike in blood sugar, avoid fruit juice and eat real fruit.

2. Soft Drinks – Are Diet Sodas Unhealthy?

According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, cutting out regular soft drinks and drinking diet will help you to reduce calories, but it will hurt you in other ways.

But just because your drink diet, doesn’t mean you will lose weight.

Diet sodas are packed with artificial sweeteners which have actually been shown to stimulate hunger, leading to weight gain, NCBI reports.

It’s best to avoid soda altogether.

Takeaway: Diet soda may help you to cut some calories, but it may stimulate your appetite. It’s best to avoid it.

3. Yogurt – Is Low-Fat Unhealthy or an Unhealthy Food?

Yogurt is good for you, but it has to be the right kind of yogurt.

Many people believe that eating “low-fat” is better for you, but that’s not always true.

Just because something is “low fat” does not mean that it’s better for you.

Foods that contain fat naturally, like yogurt, require processing to remove the fat.

Since removing the fat removes the flavor, manufacturers use additives to make the product taste better.

Most “low-fat” yogurts are packed with sugar and other artificial flavors to make up for the lack of fat and flavor. This is worse for you than eating the fat naturally found in the yogurt.

According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many recent studies have shown that saturated fat is not actually as harmful as we once thought it was.

This is especially true in the case of dairy products like yogurt. As the European Journal of Nutrition claims, studies have found no link between eating full-fat dairy products and obesity.

Eating real food in its most natural state possible is much better choice than eating over-processed, sugar-laden foods like “low-fat” yogurt.

Takeaway: Low-fat yogurt is packed with sugar and other artificial ingredients.

4. Wheat Bread – Is Whole Wheat a Healthy Food?

Whole wheat is a better choice than eating white bread.

Like a lot of other seemingly healthy food choices, whole bread is not made from whole grains.

Whole grains are at times processed; which in turn may spike blood sugar levels.

The glycemic index of whole wheat bread is the same as white bread, meaning they cause the same spike in blood sugar, HarvardHealth states.

Whole wheat bread does offer some health benefits like more fiber and a higher amount of nutrients and minerals, but when it comes to your blood sugar bread is bread.

Actually, you can get the small amounts of nutrients found in whole wheat bread in other foods that won’t cause a dangerous spike in blood sugar, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

There has been a lot of research showing that the negative effects that come from eating grains out way the few positives.

Takeaway: Even though it appears to be healthier, whole wheat bread is no different than white bread when it comes to your blood sugar.

5. Granola – Healthy Foods or Unhealthy Snacks?

Packaged granola is an unhealthy food, unless you make it with the correct ingredients.

However, just like breakfast cereals, a lot of granola that many American purchases are loaded with sugar.

Once granola is mixed with processed oils and packed with sugar, the negative health impacts outway the positive ones.

Takeaway: Most of the granola found in supermarkets is loaded with sugar, oil and over-processed causing it to lose any of its health benefits.

6. Cereal – Unhealthy Foods for Breakfast?

Cereal is one of the worse ways to start your day.

Most cereals are packed with refined sugar and refined carbs.

When you start your day with a hefty dose of sugar and refined carbs, you cause your blood sugar to spike first thing in the morning. Drastic changes in blood sugar are not good. After your blood sugar spikes, it will quickly drop, and your body will want more refined carbs, causing you to gain weight fast, Nutrition Reviews reports.

Make sure you read the label on any cereal that you want to purchase.

Many of them, even the ones that appear to be healthy, are packed with extra sugar.

A good way to start the day, especially if you are trying to lose weight, is with lean protein and unrefined carbs. It’ll keep you full and boost your energy levels until the next light meal or snack.

If you just can’t give up eating cereal for breakfast, look for one that does not have added sugar and is made with unrefined carbohydrates.

Takeaway: Don’t be fooled by the advertising, cereals packed with sugar and refined carbs are an unhealthy way to start your morning.

7. Salad Dressings – Tasty or Unhealthy Condiment?

Salads are an important part of a healthy diet.

Many people make the healthy choice to eat a salad but then cover it with a commercial salad dressing.

Most salad dressings that you purchase in the grocery store are made with soybean or other unhealthy oils.

The better choice is to make a salad dressing using ingredients like olive oil, lemon, garlic and other spices. According to MedlinePlus, salad dressings are okay – as long as they are used in moderation.

Takeaway: Commercial salad dressings are loaded with artificial ingredients and made from unhealthy oils. It’s best to make your own using just a few simple ingredients.

8. Agave – Healthy Sugar Alternative or Unhealthy Foods?

Agave gained popularity by being a healthy alternative to table sugar.

Is it on healthy foods lists or is it unhealthy?

Agave contains 70-90% fructose; more than the amount found in sugar.

According to NCBI, there are low amounts of fructose found in fruit and eaten in moderation it’s not harmful to your health.

High amounts of fructose can also cause many other health problems, NCBI claims.

Many people think that they are helping themselves by replacing sugar with agave, but they are, in fact, causing harm.

There are other alternative sweeteners that have little fructose levels that would make much better sugar alternatives.

Takeaway: Agave is a poor choice to use as an alternative to sugar. It contains a much higher concentration of fructose than sugar. Fructose has been linked to many health problems.

9. Processed Foods – Is Organic One of the Healthy Foods?

Eating organic fruits and vegetables is a healthier choice than eating conventional fruits and vegetables.

However many organic processed foods like crackers, bars and cereals are just as unhealthy as their conventional counterparts. Just because it says “organic’ doesn’t mean it’s better for you.

It’s best to eat whole, unprocessed foods found in the most natural state possible. As a general rule of thumb, if it comes in a box, avoid it.

In fact, one study published in Alternative Medicine Review found that organic foods had higher levels of nutrients.

Takeaway: Just because it says organic, doesn’t make it better. You should still avoid eating processed foods and instead of eating whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible.

What Users Are Saying

“Although there is a lot of disagreement… what is almost universally agreed upon though is eliminating refined sugar, vegetables oils, highly processed foods, and white flour. If you eliminate these four, you’ll start seeing positive health results pretty quickly.”

“I generally avoid sugar and starches and grains, and while I love beans, they do not love me! So I have little in the way of dry staples and canned foods. That said, if current lock-down measures are prolonged and food supplies become scarce, I’ll be all up in the big bag of rice I stashed!”

“No juice or soda – just drink water or tea without sugar. No latte frappe pumpkin syrup chinos. No bowls of branded cereal, they have heaps of calories. As do yoghurts. I eat plain yoghurt or plain oatmeal. If you don’t eat sugary things often they taste just fine with a few berries. No mcdonalds, pizza hut or KFC. If I’m going to splash out and eat a pizza I’d rather eat one from a local restaurant that doesn’t have the gross thick greasy base. Or make fried chicken at home. No candy bars. You could eat 2 bananas for the same calories as a small candy bar.”

Bottom Line on Unhealthy “Healthy” Foods

As you can see, there are plenty of unhealthy “healthy” foods that can sneak their way into your diet and cause weight gain. That’s why it is so important to be educated on the different kinds of foods that are healthy to eat and how often you should eat them.

It may also be best to choose a program that can help you differentiate these kinds of foods and teach you about making the best healthy lifestyle choices.

One of the best weight-loss apps we’ve seen is Noom. We love this program because they offer detailed food lists and logging tools, human coaching sessions, virtual community support, and personalized meal plans. 

Noom is offering a free trial offer of their program for a limited time, so make sure to give it a try while time is still available. 

About the Author:

Summer Banks has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University.