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13 "Health Foods" That Aren't

Posted: 01/11/11 03:06 PM ET

It's easy to be swayed by claims like "Fat-free," "A full serving of vegetables in every ounce," or the mere suggestion of fruit on a label. But many foods positioned as "healthy" may still have ingredients lurking in them (often it's sugar) that make it a little less healthy than we're led to believe. Often when we eat "diet" or "health-labeled" foods (usually consumed at snack time), we think they don't really count as "real" calories, which means we often feel less satisfied and wind up eating more.

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Diet Yogurt
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It's tempting to look only at grams of fat and calories and assume that tells the full story. What you learn when you read the ingredients on this brand is that the yogurt contains food starch (not bad for you per se but usually an indication of lower quality yogurt), aspartame (the popular artificial sweetener), and artificial colors.

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