Taking a stroll down the cereal, freezer, or chip aisle at your local supermarket, it’s impossible not to notice the trend towards “healthier” offerings. Companies will use light, earth-tone packaging adorned with ambiguous terms like “simple,” “natural,” “humanely raised,” or “non-GMO,” and maybe throw in a picture of a handsome, gray-haired, weather-worn farmer with a sheepish smile. The goliaths of the packaged food industry are using the same tactics they’ve used in the past in order to create an illusion of what healthy food looks like, sounds like, and tastes like, all while avoiding what healthy food actually is — unprocessed, wholesome, and nutritionally balanced.
Although not all the foods on this list are terrible or should be ignored completely, many of them are deceivingly unhealthy, and because of the way they are branded, they mislead customers into thinking that they can eat these foods thoughtlessly. But couscous, blue-corn tortilla chips, and bottled smoothies are nutritionally very similar pasta, potato chips, and fruit juice.
Whether or not these 15 packaged “health foods” will really make you fat depends on the quantity you eat, but the takeaway here is to be skeptical of packaging, marketing, and advertising, and to always read the nutrition and ingredient labels.
Here are 15 packaged “health foods” that are making you fat.