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9 Junk Foods You Thought Were Healthy


Many brands of granola include a lot of sugar and calories. Check the nutrition label before eating granola, which can have up to 500 calories per serving.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is touted as a healthful drink, although many kinds are heavy in sugar and calories. Limit your intake of 100% fruit juice or go for whole fruits instead.

Flavored Yogurt

Sugar and artificial substances make flavored yogurts more like desserts than healthful snacks. Choose plain, low-fat, or non-fat yogurt and add fresh fruit for taste.


Veggie Chips

Veggie chips are fried and full of salt and harmful fats. For a healthy snack, roast your own vegetables.

Energy Bars

 These portable snacks are high in sugar and artificial substances. Choose low-sugar, whole-food bars.


Store-bought smoothies are often high in sugar and calories, but homemade smoothies may be nutritious. Avoid honey and agave in smoothies made with fresh produce.

Protein Bars

Many protein bars are heavy in sugar and calories, despite their health claims. Choose low-sugar, natural bars.

Rice Cakes

Though low-calorie, rice cakes are heavily processed and lack nutrients. Healthy snacks include whole-grain crackers or raw vegetables with hummus.

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