18. Veggie Chips
Don’t let the word “veggie” fool you. Just because a type of food contains the word “veggie” doesn’t make it automatically healthy. Food marketers try to make their products seem as healthy as possible. So, although veggie chips may come from vegetables, they’re processed in a way that can cause weight gain. They also don’t have the nutritional value that fresh vegetables do. Stick with fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid the processed versions.
17. Gluten-Free Foods
There are some people who definitely need to avoid gluten. People who have celiac disease, for example, should adhere to a gluten-free diet. For most people, however, a gluten-free diet can expose them to high sources of sugar. Why? Because gluten-free options often come from bitter-tasting non-gluten alternatives, requiring producers to mask their bitterness with sugar!
16. Dried Fruit
Like fruit juices, dried fruit can seem deceptively healthy. Dried fruit retains all the sugar in fruit, but lowers the total volume of food. In short, you’re eating condensed fruit sugars when you eat dried fruit. And because dried fruit shrinks the total amount of fruit, you can consume more sugar in a short period of time. When it comes to fruit, fresh fruit — in a reasonable amount — is always better.