20 Healthy Foods that Turned Out to Be Unhealthy

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1. Muesli

Many people make the move from consuming sugary cereals or fatty fried breakfasts to eating a portion of muesli in the mornings. This is no surprise, as muesli is often specifically marketed to the health-conscious crowd.

You may be dismayed, however, to learn that the type of muesli that you can find in most stores is actually quite bad for your body if you are trying to shed fat or maintain a healthy weight.

Specifically, muesli often provides as many as 500 calories per serving, has a high fat content, and contains an unacceptable amount of added sugar. You’d be better off eating fresh fruit or even a plain doughnut.

If you hate the idea of giving up muesli, but are committed to eating healthily, the best thing that you can do is make your own muesli. To make muesli, you need buy oats, sunflower seeds, a small amount of dried fruit, and some macadamia nuts (though you should be conservative when adding the fruit and nuts in order to keep the sugar and fat content of your muesli under control).

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With a serving of fat free milk, this homemade muesli will give you the fuel you need to start your day without causing your blood sugar levels to skyrocket.

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516 Comments

  1. CANDYF77 .

    May 20, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Let me tell you the truth. Unsaturated fats are what a person what’s in order to lose weight and to increase energy. It is more effective as a source of energy with its 9 calories/gram vs the 4 calories/gram in protein and 4 calories/gram in carbs. And if you add exercise in your diet, the carbs you will sweat out!
    And not only did I lose weight & gain energy but also all of my blood test were excellent!!!

  2. Kim Jung Il

    May 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    If you eat any of those foods, even once, you will surely die.

    It is a proven fact.

  3. NorthboroughDan

    May 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Processed “health foods” are not so great? Shocking. Never trust Industrial Food. And go light on the tuna. Check.

  4. HowardLane

    May 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Y’all are so lucky to have the ability to pick & choose your diets. I’m lactose intolerant, allergic to wheat ( not gluten ), allergic to pepper & sugar raises my blood pressure. You cannot imagine how many times I just stand in the kitchen scratching my head.

    • Hooked on Health

      August 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Sounds like you need to go paleo. There are lots of blogs with great recipes. Just google it.

  5. Rhett J D.

    May 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Fats and proteins is what we really need being lied to about the other shit for years, cholesterol is not affected by fats its by sugar that spikes it.

  6. Steven Bilbo

    May 24, 2014 at 1:33 am

    ummm,,,, so you all fallow this?????

  7. Steven Bilbo

    May 24, 2014 at 1:34 am

    show me a 100 year old vegan or vegitarian rofl

  8. Erohiel

    May 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Just because yogurt contains lots of sugar does NOT make it bad for you. Not EVERYONE consumes too much sugar. Sugar, like most things, is not inherently bad for you. Dairy is extremely good for you, whether it contains lots of sugar or lots of fat. And an ENERGY bar is for ENERGY. You can’t get ENERGY without calories. If you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake, anyone with a brain should know not to eat things that are supposed to increase energy only. The idea is a BALANCE not ‘avoid this ingredient like the plague’, and then everything comes down to what an individual needs. We need to get away from all this horrible misinformation like these articles.

  9. thisfoodcultureisshit

    May 26, 2014 at 4:38 am

    because energy bars are “small”, people will feel hungry soon after eating them. Is that really how you think food works?

  10. Vulcanlogix

    May 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    This article is dumber than even the average Yahoo article, and that isn’t easy. Anybody who knows anything at all about nutrition wouldn’t think that any of these “food” items, except for the yogurt, is healthy or nutritious. As for no/low fat plain yogurt, taste isn’t the issue as much as texture – watery with soft clots. Switching to fat free greek yogurt is a major improvement in that regard. Surprisingly, Walmart’s Great Value brand is, IMHO, one of the better brands available because it isn’t nearly as sour as everything else I’ve tried, has a thick, smooth texture, and it tastes a bit like cream cheese. The common denominator with these products is that they’re manufactured. If you really want to sharply reduce your intake of bad things such as chemicals, hormones, allergens, refined sugar, sodium and anything else on your personal list, then don’t eat manufacured food, and stay out of restaurants. Make things yourself from whole, fresh ingredients, organic when available. Wash fruits and vegetables, even locally grown and organic. And do your own research. Most of the so-called studies and the conclusions drawn from them are irresponsible, poorly thought out bullshirt, as is obvious when they reverse themselves weekly.

  11. Zee Flynn

    May 28, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Energy bars, trail mix, etc. are all fine. The problem is most “dieters” wash them down with soda and eat mountains of it or other items and claim the “diet” food doesn’t work. Chew each bite 100 times, eat to 80% full and no food after 7 pm and you’ll lose all the weight that is unhealthy in short order.

    Only in America are portions “super sized”, along with the people. See a connection here?

  12. Imam Ali

    May 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Ever hear of moderation? no food is healthy or unhealthy in and of itself. take and imbibe all things in moderation and you will be fine. and most important don’t pay much attention to articles from the internet

  13. josephz2va

    May 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The protein bars vary on who is marketing it. Quest Cravings / Quest Bars I buy from my gym contain almost zero sugar.

  14. Ronnie S Houser

    May 30, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    A majority of this list is complete BS… It comes down to portion size and knowing what not to eat at certain times. Everyone’s body is different.

  15. stangmfl

    May 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    There is so much nebulous ambiguity in all these lists, no wonder even if one is REALLY trying to lose weight, after reading a few of these ,from different studies, you can explode from frustration. One that always is imbedded somewhere in the info. is diet sodas. No empirical evidence for it contributing to weight gain, or stopping weight loss, always that shaky ‘it may cause you to want more’. I know how I lost and gained weight, and everyone’s story and remedy is valid if it works/worked for them.

  16. Emmett Brown's Other Invention

    June 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Positive net calories = weight gain; negative net calories = weight loss. It’s no more complex than that.

  17. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    June 18, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I could not agree MORE with this list!!!!!

  18. disqus_N4ylfpodZI

    June 23, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    The best way to make popcorn is to put a couple of handfuls of organic popcorn in a brown paper bag and put it in the microwave for about three minutes. I add a little butter (not margarine) and sea salt and it’s better than any of the prepackaged crap they sell and a lot cheaper.

  19. paul koester

    July 2, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Organic natural foods . Raw and unprocessed whenever posable Plenty of water and sleep.
    And 30 minutes a day banging the heavy bag !

  20. Keith B. Rosenberg

    July 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    And why are all of those unhealthy things added to so-called “healthy” food? Because so much of the healthy food is more or less inedible all by itself. Rolled oats are a lot like cardboard before making them onto oatmeal and cookies.

  21. Robert W

    August 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    so butane and propane are ok octane heptane might as well use alcohol then seem more food grade

  22. JOHN JONES

    September 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Regardless, anything in EXCESS IS BAD FOR YOU. No matter what they say. You too much..you’ll gain.

  23. Manuel Uribe

    October 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Eat like Jack LaLanne, do a little exercise, and you’ll be fine. The rest of everything else here is just noise.

  24. Ewizobeth

    December 29, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Never eat sushi–that stuff is loaded with parasites, some of which can cause serious medical conditions, and most of which are going to reside in your body permanently–yeeeeech!

  25. Shanyquil Ellison

    January 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    When you eat protein and healthy fats, baby – in moderation – you don’t get…fat.

  26. Meredith Mericle

    January 7, 2015 at 2:08 am

    No can do. It’s too late for me anyway. LOL

  27. wabbitsan

    January 7, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I love tuna….

  28. SilentBoy741

    February 4, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    At the proper velocity, any food can be unhealthy.

  29. Murphmeister

    February 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Not a panacea of synthetic vitamins and minerals, but a panoply. Panacea means a cure all and panoply means a full array.

  30. blkfootblaque8

    February 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Why is it that you see more fat people eating cold salad, then you may see, that same person in 1-5yrs, and they still are eating cold salad, and the next time they are old, but they are still eating cold salad. I believe that salad is good for you but it should not be thought of as a diet food. Some people end up on water pills. Salad should be thought of as, a always on your plate meal especially for Children. It should be next to the cooked vegetables for that day. Both balanced the rest of those carbs and fats, from your meat into a healthy meal. Eating a big bowl of cold salad has done nothing for anyone that I know, but mixing the salad with a warm/heated vegetable seem to do the trick. You should eat half raw & half cooked vegetables together.

  31. Arcturus6

    February 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Good foods, bad foods, etc., etc. My grandfather lived to be 95 and his diet would horrify the health nutts today! Anything consumed in moderation cannot be all that bad for you. Some of us can eat certain foods that will not put weight on us that it does on others. Some of the so-called and highly recommended diet foods I have seen remind me of regurgitated slop. For those who want a diet of bird seed and water, go for it! For those who like steak, potatoes, fried chicken, waffles, etc., enjoy them., I have a friend who was a fanatic about health foods, etc. Today he is suffering with skin cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and other aliments. And, ironically, he is having to cut back on his so-called “health foods!”

  32. sandraRe

    May 28, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Ok eating healthy doesn’t take a website. Any website that says to eat special food is not in your best interest. While some vegis may be irritating to your digestive system, it is likely because it has been treated badly and is mad at you for giving it that food. Treat your body and diet with good food and probiotics if necessary and most problems from eating will go away. Good food=fruit and vegetables grown the way they are supposed to be grown (if possible) A balance of vegis and fruits and meats, and proteins. Limit milk products to be in balance and avoid refined sugar and anything that is not real or is processed. You can even buy canola oil at Trader Joes that is not chemically expressed. Its terrible that even when you think you are getting something good, it is chemically processed or just plain fraudulently marketed to get you to buy it. It is always better to make it yourself. avacados are good for you, eggs are good, butter is good, fruit is good. Eat everything in balance and you will see your bad cholesterol drop along with your diabetes. If possible, eat fruit from your neighbors tree because they put petroleum products on fruit and vegis to keep them lasting longer. I have actually taken a bite of apple that I did not wash and had to spit it out because it tasted like gasoline (no, I have never tasted gasoline) We do not need to go on special diets. Eat what God grew or whomever you believe in, and eat very minimal processed foods. Eat grains that are whole and not processed. Eat it with protein if you have a blood sugar problem. The protein will keep the whole grain from processing to fast in your blood sugar.

  33. cephalo

    June 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Nutrition is like voodoo. The ‘experts’ change their minds every year, and none of them agree on anything. It’s the most unscientific field of study there is.

  34. Midlandr

    August 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Basically, don’t eat, and die, you will be glad you did.