5 “healthy” foods that are best avoided

There is so much information about correct nutrition today that it is sometimes very difficult to understand what can really be considered healthy and what is not. When nutritionists finally decided that certain fats, carbohydrates and even coffee were not so bad, we finally managed to sigh with relief.

What about foods, which are obviously useful and nutritious, while in fact being not as wonderful as they seem to be?

In this article, you will learn the truth about five foods, drinks and snacks, which are very closely linked to correct nutrition.


Freshly made orange juice with banana is pure fruit, which seem impossible to be unhealthy. Yet they are. In terms of nutrition, juices are rich in:

  • vitamins,
  • minerals,
  • phytonutrients.


This is obviously a good thing. Still, the problem is that the juicing process removes almost all the fibers that the fruits contain, so we definitely should forget about long-lasting satiation.

In addition, making one glass of fruit requires using more than one fruit, so you consume significantly more sugar than you need (for example, a glass of orange juice will provide you with six spoons of sugar).


Granola is an incredibly delicious substitute for muesli. Are you aware of the fact that we also owe this amazing flavor to the sugars? At the same time, it has plenty of carbohydrates and calories, and not enough protein. Studies show that the serving, which is safe for our health and figure is much smaller, than the plate we usually serve it in.

A survey held by the New York Times showed that more than 70% of people consider granola a healthy dish, while just 28% of dieticians agree with them (and even then with amendments).

It can not be denied that granola provides our body with:

  • fiber,
  • useful fats (from nuts).

*Still, because of excessive sugariness, it is more correct to consider it not breakfast, but a complete dessert.



If you are trying to lose weight or strive to eat right, then replacing a product with its light fat-free alternative may seem like an excellent idea. However, it is so only until you realize that food producers add sugar and flavors to the foods that they make fat-free. Otherwise, the product would have turned out to be rather tasteless (and yes, no one would buy it for a second time).

In addition, right fats are good and important for us, when consumed in moderate amounts.

Nutritionists remind that we should consume foods rich in these essential fats (avocados, salmon and nuts) to protect ourselves against:

  • heart and vascular diseases,
  • dementia,
  • certain types of cancer.



This is where everything gets a little difficult. In fact, dried fruits are useful, since they contain a large amount of:

  • fiber,
  • antioxidants, called phenols (even more than some fresh fruits contain).


But they, alas, are quite rich in sugar and calories, which you, in addition, will eat more, because dried fruits are not as large as their fresh alternatives, and hence the brain will be shamelessly deceived.

IFL Science experts say that you do not have to refuse dried fruits completely, especially if you really love them. After all, they are a perfect replacement for a piece of cake when choosing something to accompany your tea. The amount that you will consume is a completely different thing.


If you are used to choosing vegetable chips instead of ordinary ones, believing that you bring benefits to your body by doing so, it’s time to revise the approach. Just like potato chips, slices of beet, celery, turnips and god knows what are also covered with salt and fried in oil.

“Chips are still chips, even if they are made od healthy vegetables. So, they probably will still contain too much saturated fat and salt,”

says the nutritionist Charlotte Sitling-Reed.

The expert adds that vegetable chips can be even greasier and saltier than some potato chips, and encourages us to carefully study the information on the back of the package.