16 "Healthy" Foods That Are Actually Bad for You

Unhealthy Healthy FoodsThese days, more and more Americans are choosing healthier diets that promote increased energy and trimmer waistlines. Unfortunately, many mistakenly believe they are eating healthy, when they actually aren’t. If you’d like to sidestep hidden calories and unnecessary ingredients, learn which unhealthy foods to avoid.
Identifying Problematic Foods
Fast food, red meat and sugary treats are all known for causing obesity, high blood pressure and other health problems. To the surprise of many, however, there are a number of so-called health foods which can also compromise our physical well-being. Among the most surprising include:

  1. Bran Muffins: Although bran offers substantial health benefits, a single bran muffin can pack between 400 to 500 calories and over 40 grams of sugar.
  2. Diet drinks: Recent studies have linked artificial sweeteners with metabolic syndrome and troubling vascular events.
  3. Granola: While nuts, oats and dried fruits do offer key nutrients, a single serving of granola contains more than 500 calories.
  4. Smoothies: Store-bought smoothies often contain added simple sugars and syrups, which give them more calories than the average cheeseburger.
  5. Fat-free Yogurt: A six-ounce serving of flavored, non-fat yogurt can contain about 15 grams of sugar.
  6. Turkey Sandwich: Although they may be low in calories, deli meats contain sodium and notates, which have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
  7. Chicken Wrap: The average tortilla can contain between 400 to 800 calories. High-calorie sauces can also contain loads of extra calories.
  8. Gluten-free Products: Heavily processed, gluten-free products are often high in calories. Try eating fruits and vegetables instead.
  9. Veggie Pizzas: Many veggie pizzas contain extra cheese, along with oil-soaked olives and tomatoes.
  10. Canned Foods: Canned vegetables and soups usually contain large amounts of sodium.
  11. Wheat Bread: Unless the label says 100-percent whole wheat, these breads are still mostly made up of white flour.
  12. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter: Many of these products contain added sugar and other fillers.
  13. Fruit Cocktail: Most contain sugary syrups that drive up calories without adding nutrition.
  14. Fruit Juice: High in calories, fruit juice has been linked to stunted growth in children.
  15. Baked Beans: While most beans offer substantial nutrition, baked beans usually contain sodium, sugar and other additives.
  16. Pretzels: Most pretzels are made with white flour, which has very little nutritional value.

Choosing Healthy Foods
When it comes to choosing a healthy diet, it pays to avoid overly-processed foods, which are high in additives, such as sugar, sodium, nitrites and other preservatives. For improved overall health, look for foods that are high in fiber and protein, which help to keep you full and reduce insulin spikes. This includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with baked fish and lean poultry.

Health News + Events

What to Expect With COVID-19 & Back-to-School Protocols

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in early 2020, it turned life upside down for more than 50 million school-age children across the country. In fact, according to Ed  Read More

TikTok Health Hacks: Safe or Sham?

No matter your preferred social media channel, you’ve likely seen viral health hacks for everything from congestion to snoring to weight loss. We turned to our team of certified  Read More

How to Treat a Dog Bite

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but even the friendliest of creatures can sometimes get spooked or display aggressive behavior. Bites can even happen when giving an excit  Read More

What Our Patients Are Saying

Rating 4.6
Rating 4.2
Rating 4.6
Rating 5.0

"The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital."

Derby, CT

"Throughout the visit I felt like the staff really cared. The Doctor took his time talking with me about my symptoms, and I felt like he listened to all my concerns and took that into consideration when recommending the right treatment. Thank you!"

Hamden, CT

"I had to take my son in for an ear infection following a sudden change in temperament at daycare. He was inconsolable the entire car ride but when we got there and by the time we left this care facility he was back to his normal happy go lucky little two year old boy. I highly recommend PhysicianOne Urgent Care."

Westwood, MA

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the attention you gave me last week. My son was started on antibiotics and ear drops. Within 24 hours he began to feel better. The poor kid had been going to school in tears because he was afraid of missing any more days, but feeling (and looking) just awful! He's not been able to even think about lacrosse practice, but thanks to starting him on antibiotics, he was thrilled to return to practice today."

Somers, NY