04/01/2012 10:43 am ET Updated May 30, 2012

10 Overrated Health Foods

Like it or not, we tend to believe whatever we are exposed to in the media and in advertisements. In nutrition, this usually means that as a society we all follow the same diet fads, glorifying some foods over others in the quest for better health. (It's okay, I love salmon and coconut water as much as you do.)

Problem is, though, more often than not the news or the health claims made by food manufacturers vastly overstate any potential health benefits, because it makes a more compelling story and sells more products. Our own confirmation biases tend to make us believe what we're told, we confidently share our insight with our friends, and suddenly our grocery stores are filled with health foods that really aren't all they are cracked up to be.

Here are my 10 picks for the most overrated health foods.

Top 10 Most Overrated Health Foods

What are your least favorite health foods?

Originally published at Summer Tomato, where you can find more healthy eating tips. Summer Tomato is one of Time's 50 Best Websites of 2011.

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