It is difficult to eat 100% healthy, but generally, we want to make sure that a product will benefit our body. It turns out that there are foods that many of us consider healthy in vain.

We are  going to give away the traitors who masquerade as “good guys.”

Foods That Pretend to Be Healthy


8 Surprising Foods That Are Only Pretending to Be Healthy
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There are many varieties of Crispbread. You can often find sandwiches that look like Crispbread that contain harmful oils.

How to replace: just read the composition carefully. There should be no yeast, modified starch, preservatives, colorings, or antioxidants. The best Crispbread is made with whole grains or coarse whole wheat flour.

Gluten-Free Foods

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Gluten is a protein contained in grains and it’s the thing that makes it possible to mix flour with water.

It is dangerous only for people with gluten intolerance and represents only 1% of the Earth’s population. No one else should avoid these proteins without consulting a doctor.

Gluten-free foods contain many refined additives, which make them even more harmful.

How to replace: ordinary bread. Don’t eat too much, but don’t be afraid either.

Dried and Candied Fruits

Nuts are healthy in their own right, but to protect them from mold and maintain their color, they are treated with fungicides and sulfur dioxide.

As for candied fruits, their benefit is even less due to a large amount of sugar.

How to replace it: try drying the fruit at home; It is not that difficult, but it is much healthier.

Processed Cheese

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In addition to containing many additives in processed cheese, it contains an immense amount of sodium.

For example, a sandwich with 3 slices of processed cheese will cover 2/3 of the daily requirement of that item.

How to replace: different types of quality cheese, salted cottage cheese.

Canned Fruits and Vegetables

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Producers add to canned vegetables barbecue sauce, vinegar, and other stuff that’s not really healthy. For example, according to nutrition expert Nicole Rodriguez, a can of beans contains about 3 tablespoons of sugar.

How to Replace: Choose quality canned fresh vegetables, with no salt, sugar, or preservatives, or can them on your own.

Starchy Vegetables

Corn, peas, potatoes, squash, and yams contain less dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals than other vegetables and fruits, but their caloric value is higher.

This does not mean that you should reject these vegetables, it is simply not recommended to eat many of them if you are on a diet.

How to replace: Choose non-starchy vegetables (all crisp, juicy, and green), especially if you eat them after 6 p.m.


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Yogurts from the store contain a lot of sugar and little protein. Also, you don’t need to chew them, which creates the impression that you are eating something light.

How to replace it: Choose yogurt that is low in sugar (less than 10g per serving) and high in protein (about 6g per serving). You can also buy Greek yogurts and add fruit yourself.

Instant Oatmeal

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Everyone knows that oatmeal is healthy, but few people know that flakes that you only need to cook for 2-3 minutes are not really beneficial.

The smaller the flakes, the more they are processed and the higher their glycemic index, so they will provide additional calories.

And of course, instant oatmeal with additives and sweeteners is even worse.

How to Replace: Choose coarse ground oats. They take longer to boil, but they will give you everything you expect from true oatmeal.

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