Added sugars and lots of fat make yogurt one of the worst breakfast foods. And all that hype about the good probiotics? This study shows that there's really no benefit.
2. Whole wheat products
Whole wheat is naturally bitter, so whole wheat products usually have a lot of added sugar. You should also be careful of products that are "multigrain," which may not include the whole wheat portions.
There are many kinds of tortillas-corn, wheat, whole grain and even spinach-but beware of high fat and sodium levels.
Obviously, it's not the greens themselves that are the problem. The problem is all the add-ons: the dressing, the croutons, the salty sunflower seeds, etc.
5. Energy bars
They are disguised as healthy snacks because they're associated with working out, but don't be fooled. One little bar can have over 350 calories, which come from high-fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy additions.
6. Mashed potatoes
Potatoes naturally have a lot of vitamins and fiber, but most of those healthy elements are in the peel, which is lost in mashed potatoes. Then you add the butter, the sour cream and the salt, and suddenly this staple side dish has lots of fat and none of the fiber.
7. Dried fruit
Fruit naturally has a lot of fiber and vitamins, but dried fruit usually has a lot of added sugar. Also, the drying process reducesthe Vitamin C levels in the fruit.
It saves you the calories, but it's not proven to make you lose weight. In fact, it's associated with a higher risk of diabetes.
13. Skim/lowfat milk
Taking out the fat also means taking out a lot of the minerals. Some kinds of skim milk come fortified with extra Vitamin D and other minerals to try and make up for it, but you're better off just drinking 2%.
In addition to having harmful chemicals, margarine can raise your cholesterol.
15. Fruit juice
Added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup are lurking behind labels of health-looking fruit juice.
16. Canned soup
Depending on the kind of soup, you can find extremely high levels of sodium.
17. Pita chips
If your pita chips were made with refined pita flour, then it's just empty calories. Plus, pita chips are fried and salted, which makes them even worse for you.