The Unhealthiest Healthy Foods In the Supermarket

The Unhealthiest 'Healthy' Foods In the Supermarket
The Unhealthiest 'Healthy' Foods In the Supermarket

When you’re heading to the supermarket to stock up on groceries for the week, your game-plan is to get the foods that are not only healthy for you but happen to taste great and are at a decent price-point.

It’s no easy feat navigating the grocery store, especially when there are so many options and plenty of products that claim they’re healthy when in reality, they’re actually the unhealthiest “healthy” foods out there.

Sorry to break it to you, but you’re being fooled! That’s right, there are plenty of foods on supermarket shelves that you might think are good for you, but they’re just junk foods in disguise, easily earning the title of unhealthiest “healthy” foods.

 

10. Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

Per 1 serving: 190 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 150 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (2 g fibre, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein

Don’t fall victim to Skippy’s “natural” label. All the sugar in this PB spread is added. There are many healthier peanut butter options available.

 

9. Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder Soup

Campbell's Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder Soup
Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder Soup

Per 1 container: 310 calories, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 890 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (4 g fibre, 7 g sugar), 15 g protein

A soup labelled “Healthy Request” again just falls flat. This chicken corn chowder option from Campbell’s Chunky offerings is packing with 890 milligrams of sodium. You always have to be careful when it comes to canned soups, but this “healthy” option is yet another one to leave on the shelf. Just add it to this list of The 100 Unhealthiest Grocery Foods in America!.

 

8. Ben & Jerrys P.B. & Cookies Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Ben & Jerrys P.B. & Cookies Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
Ben & Jerrys P.B. & Cookies Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Per 1 container: 1,130 calories, 66 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 620 mg sodium, 124 g carbs (2 g fibre, 78 g sugar), 17 g protein

So if you’re going for the pint of Ben & Jerry’s, you most likely are already aware that this ice cream isn’t necessarily healthy. But we wanted to call out this non-dairy option, as there are some people who might see “non-dairy” and think this almond-milk based frozen dessert is better. Overall, it’s not. It’s still sky-high in calories, fat, and sugar.

 

7. Smart One’s Three Cheese Ziti & Meatballs

Smart One's Three Cheese Ziti & Meatballs
Smart One’s Three Cheese Ziti & Meatballs

Per 1 package: 340 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 700 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (3 g fibre, 4 g sugar), 15 g protein

Smart Ones is another brand that offers up better-for-you frozen meals. But this three-cheese ziti and meatballs dish is packing 700 milligrams of sodium, which is reason enough to leave it alone. And FYI.

 

6. Ruffles Baked Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips

Ruffles Baked Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips
Ruffles Baked Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips

Per 1 serving: 120 calories, 3.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (1 g fibre, 2 g sugar), 2 g protein

Baked chips are clearly healthier than a traditional bag of potato crisps, right? Well, it’s time to stop believing that myth! Ruffles’ classic cheddar and sour cream flavour might only cost you 120 calories per serving compared to the 160 the regular version packs and has less fat, but it has 250 milligrams of sodium. That’s nearly 100 milligrams of sodium more than the traditional style of this chip.

 

5. Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal—Banana Nut

Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal—Banana Nut
Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal—Banana Nut

Per 1 prepared packet: 270 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 230 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (4 g fibre, 18 g sugar), 14 g protein

By now, it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that instant oatmeal is a pretty big no-no. You would think that by Quaker offering up this protein-enhanced option that would make things right, but that’s not the case. This banana nut flavour has 18 grams of sugar—that’s 10 grams more than the regular peanut butter banana flavour that doesn’t have nearly as much protein.

 

4. Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Yogurt

Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Yogurt
Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Yogurt

Per 1 serving: 120 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 95 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (0 g fibre, 16 g sugar), 6 g protein

Again, don’t let the “low-fat” angle trick you. This organic vanilla yogurt from Stonyfield contains 16 grams of sugar. That’s a whole lot, considering there’s a good chance you’re going to add some fruit, granola, or other toppings to this yogurt to make it a more filling snack. And that just means the amount of sugar keeps rising.

 

3. Ken’s Steak House Lite Country French Dressing

Ken's Steak House Lite Country French Dressing
Ken’s Steak House Lite Country French Dressing

Per 1 serving: 100 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 240 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (00 g fibre, 10 g sugar), 0 g protein

A salad dressing that is labelled as a “lite” version you would think would be a safe choice. But not here! Ken’s Steak House Country French dressing has sugar listed as the first ingredient, and each serving contains 10 grams of added sugar.

 

2. Breyer’s Carb Smart Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Breyer's Carb Smart Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Breyer’s Carb Smart Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Per 1 serving: 150 calories, 9 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 85 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (0 g fibre, 5 g sugar, 7 g sugar alcohol), 3 g protein

It might be hard to believe, but “healthy” ice creams are some of the biggest offenders in the grocery store. This low-carb peanut butter ice cream from Breyer’s is proof. The fourth ingredient listed in this pint is maltodextrin, which has actually been linked to digestive issues and can even up your risk of developing Crohn’s disease.

Plus, there are artificial sweeteners in here too, so this frozen treat isn’t really doing you any favours. For more of what you shouldn’t ever have in your shopping cart.

 

1. Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken

Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken
Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken

Per 1 package: 350 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 690 mg sodium, 54 g carbs (3 g fibre, 15 g sugar), 15 g protein

Lean Cuisines are the frozen meals that are thought to be, well, much better for you than all the other frozen options you might’ve grown up eating. While this brand does offer up some decent dishes, the classic sesame chicken isn’t one of them. The chicken here is breaded so that’s already a step-down and it comes packing 15 grams of sugar.

 

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