13 Healthy foods that aren’t really that healthy


13 Healthy Foods That Aren’t Really That Healthy

It’s already irritating that we have to deal with the pressures of jumping into a diet, but to also quit the foods we’re addicted too could seem deadly. But since it’s a  New Year, it’s time to dust off our goal list, and make ourselves into better people little by little. One of the goals I set for myself was to cut my sugar intake by half.

Every since I’ve been socially involved with the Nutritional Community, I couldn’t help but realize how imbalanced my mental focus had been due to the amount of sugar I’ve digested. I’ve already quit drinking energy drinks such as Monsters and Red Bulls.

Now I’m tackling other areas such as chips and candies. While browsing through some studies, I came across a various amount of “healthy” foods that aren’t really that healthy to begin with. It’s just a cover up illusion to make  people feel great about themselves while eating something unhealthy.


It’s easy to say something is healthy because it’s labeled on the box, but we know in the back of our minds that it isn’t doing us any good. The reason we know is because of the way those “healthy foods” are making us feel.

That’s why after going across a few articles and listings, I decided to narrow down a few popular “healthy foods” choices for you to see. If you’re eating any of these snacks, you don’t have to get rid of them, but the Michaelgregoryii team would like to make it known to you.

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 13 Healthy foods that aren’t really that healthy

1. Vegetable oils

I was actually shocked by this one. Since I was a child, I believed vegetable oils were healthy. I went off the blind assumption that just because it had the word vegetable in front of it that it had to have been good for me somewhat. However, mainstream nutrition organizations are now recommending that unsaturated fats are healthier than saturated fats.

To put it in simple terms, vegetable oils have a very unnatural large amount of ingredients, which also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Those supplements are healthy to intake, but not through large dosages such as how vegetable oils carry them. It would be like overdosing yourself with spinach (though I’m pretty that’s never been put on file yet.

2. Most Protein bars:

It’s easy to fall under the belief that these are healthy to eat. Every time we see someone who’s the size of a mini Hulk, one of the things they love talking about are protein bars. Whenever I walked into a gym, there are always a case of protein bars ready to sell. But most protein bars are just  sugary snacks filled with carbs.

They’re filled with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and trans fats. In most protein bars, you do receive good ingredients such as almonds, peanuts, and dark chocolate, but such as other sugary products, it’s best to limit your consumption of them.

3. Fruit juices: 

Nearly every morning I would hear either my parents, my teachers, or that strange man from across the street telling me to drink my juice to develop a healthy strong body. I thought apple or orange juice would be the only source of vitamins I needed; and those were much better than the real thing because of the amazing energy they gave me for 30 minutes. 

Though we grew up believing that drinking fruit juices would give us the proper nutrition, we were never told that most fruit juices had more sugar than soda (specifically Coke). This doesn’t mean that fruit juices are unhealthy in general because it does have some vitamins and fiber you benefit from. The only problem you’ll face is a possible weight gain and an imbalanced level of sugar intake. 


4. Milk: 

There’s actually a lot of pros and cons on this one, so I’ll let you be the judge on this. I’ll only point out that most milk beverages contain many man-made ingredients and could be high in sugar and calories. Especially if it’s chocolate milk. Our bodies need it as we grow up, but in today’s market many milk products are compacted with hormones and steroids used on cows. Plus, people bodies tend to react differently when they consume a certain amount of milk.

Personally, I try not to drink too much milk because I feel bloated afterwards. So this really traces down to the individual intake of Milk. Just know your level of lactose tolerance because there isn’t a clear view of evidence that shows it’s totally good or bad yet.

If you’d like some advice, the Michaelgregoryii team recommends you visiting your local Doctor to find out how your body handles milk. (We would offer the service ourselves, but we’re still arguing which Doctor lab coat we should all wear.)

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5. Flavored Waters

I used to be addicted to these beverages as a child, though I’m not sure why I forever stopped drinking them one day. All I know is that I keep picturing a clown’s face whenever I think about flavored water. It could be very appealing to drink flavored water because it appears healthy, but that’s until you read the ingredients. Examples would be high fructose, artificial colors, corn syrup, and agave syrup.

Regardless of the dozen sugary ingredients, it also contains additives that takes away the true power of natural water to cleanse and nourish our bodies. As a consideration, the healthiness value of flavored waters could vary from somewhat healthy up until it’s a few levels away from being soda. That’s why it’s important to keep a lookout for certain nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium in the products you buy.

6. Soy milk: 

Many people are quick to say that soy milk is the healthy choice to go, and yet there’s a few hidden facts people like to hide. One of those people who would recommend it  was my previous roommate. He had a love for running and drinking soy milk, which would always make our refrigerator smell after its expiration date. Sure, it’s better than consuming most dairy products, but it’s not as healthy as we all believed.

To break it down, soy milk contains soybeans, which copy’s the body’s natural estrogen hormones and cause an estrogen dominance for woman. (Basically it cause menstrual troubles).

As for men, it could turn their day upside when if they’re thriving to achieve total masculinity. This is  because soy milk could lead to a testosterone imbalance and infertility for men. But there’s benefits from it too such as its cholesterol lowering effects. So it’s not all bad…it just depends on how you look at it.

7. Protein shakes: 

I’ve never been a fan of these, but my workout partner is addicted to them. She drinks them like water whenever she leaves the gym, feeling refreshed afterwards. So I was actually interested in this topic when I came across this food choice.

Though protein shakes offer valuable nutrients, they also contain a few health risks such as poor nutrition, too much protein, and fat and cholesterol. So they’re not bad to drink, so long it’s in moderation. Otherwise, if you’re looking to become slim, it’s best to stay away from them unless you’re using it as an alternative small meal choice.

8. Dried Fruit: 

Once upon a time, the concept of dried fruit was brought into the market as a healthy choice to snack on like chips. Though it almost matches the nutrition of a real fruit, dried fruits could be dangerous if you don’t have a portion control. It’s recommended to go for 2 – 3 tablespoons because they’re high in fiber and too much could make you gain weight.

Another factor it could possibly bring is a sugar crash because some dried fruits contain sugar-coated ingredients. So instead of snacking on them like chips, eat only a little at a time to lesson your hunger burdens throughout the day.

9. Frozen diet foods: 

These foods have been bestsellers since almost the time televisions were invented. Millions of families and college students can’t help but be wrapped by it’s low cost, large amount, and addicting taste after waiting only a few minutes. So if you don’t want to have your mind blown before eating your TV Dinner tonight, we recommend moving to the next topic.  

Most frozen diet meals are packed with high fat, sodium and calories that would ruin a person’s body by either giving them depleted energy, imbalanced hormones, massive weight gain, or all those effects put together. Food industries are now trying to make their meals more nutritional for people because more and more of the population are becoming aware of their hidden ingredients.

But if you do decide to go into the frozen aisle, aim for getting something with veggies and low in sodium. (Because the average box usually contains around 700 – 1700 milligrams of sodium.)

10. Frozen Yogurt

As a person who usually have over a dozen frozen yogurts on standby, I couldn’t help but want to skip this one. So I consumed a few of them before I had the stomach to even think about throwing the rest away. Once I dived into the topic, I discovered Frozen Yogurts were practically just a little bit healthier than ice cream based on its sugar content.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many good Yogurts brands to choose from which provides nutritional values. Examples would be Siggis Icelandic Strained Non-Fat Yogurt, Chobani Greek Yogurt Chocolate Dust, and Stonyfield Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt Honey. Yogurts do give people an illusion feeling that we’re making a healthy food choice, but it builds a person’s weight if they choose to ignore its nutritional givebacks.

11. Nutella

The concept of this supplement being healthy would be the same as saying snicker bars were good for you. (Hhmm….now I have to research that topic). Two tablespoons could add up to over 200 calories and its sugar level is too much for us to intake without sugar crashes. Another ingredient it has is vegetable oils, which we’re already discussed on how it could affect our body. So next time you think about putting some Nutella on top of your banana, consider what you’re putting inside your body.  😉 

12. Most Cereals:

It’s known to people that eating a “healthy” bowl of cereal is a great way to start their day. However, many cereals aren’t as nutritious as they think because manufacturers destroy most of the vitamins and minerals inside their products. Depending on the brand you buy, you could either be eating something that’s bitter, but will give you some sort of nutritional feedback; or you could simply be eating a bowl of colorful sugar. A few recommended cereal brands that are deemed healthy are Cascadian Farms Heary Morning, Erewhon Raisin Bran, Total, and General Mills Cheerios.

13. Diet soda

Back in the days when I visited fast food restaurants daily, it would bewilder me to see people order a large combo meal and diet soda. The weird part was that it HAD to be a diet soda, and if the restaurant didn’t have any, the customers would get very upset. It was as if their double stacked cheeseburger with large fries suddenly became an unhealthy choice.

I couldn’t imagine it really being that much of a difference, but I personally never enjoyed the taste of it anyway; so I usually stayed away from diet drinks. It was until I took a nutritional class that explained how diet sodas could disrupt a person’s metabolism to act slower due to the ingredients.

And as ironic as it sounds, studies have even shown that it could lead to obesity because of its artificial sweeteners. (For those not familiar with artificial sweeteners, it could mess up a person’s natural ability to digest sweets in their body.)


In final thoughts….

Advertisers aren’t nutritionists. Their only goal is to figure out what words are going to get people to buy something. They’ll try to sell you a cookie that promises to make you lose weight or a pill that erases years of bad eating within weeks.

The michaelgregoryii team isn’t suggesting you forever quit these food products if you find yourself eating one of them today. We only want you to become self aware so it’s easier to make future decisions when buying your products. So remember these food topics the next time you enter a grocery store.

For more like these, check out:

5 foods that may be affecting your mood and mind

8 Effortless Ways to Start Your Healthy Lifestyle

The 7 “Don’ts” to Follow When Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle


About Author

Besides being random and dealing with ADHD from time to time, Michael Gregory II is the CEO of the Self Development Workshop. He's traveled to over a dozen countries, counselled a variety of people, and continues furthering his knowledge in self-development, depression, and mastering your happiness. On his lazy days, he enjoy watching people, reading in Starbucks, and speaking to random strangers. (Yeah, he’s weird.)

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