Food Fakeouts - Foods You Think Are Good but Are Really Bad

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I was doing some research the other day on healthier foods for snacking and for meals, and learned some pretty startling info about foods that I thought were good that really are quite bad for you. Check out these food fake outs below. Did you know these foods are secretly bad for you?

Diet Soda

I was really sad to see this on the list of good foods gone bad. My mom has been telling me for the longest time that diet soda may be partially to blame for me not losing the last bit of weight and she may be right. How can something with no fat or calories be bad? The artificial sweeteners used in diet soda produce a rise in insulin as your body waits for the blood sugars to come. When they don't, your body may begin to react to sugars differently in the future as a result and can cause obesity.

Rice Cakes 

Honestly, these have been my go to snack for the past year. I thought they were a really healthy alternative to chips, but I guess I was wrong. The plain variety have virtually no nutritional content whatsoever and are just added calories with no benefit to your body. The flavored kinds are just another source of fat in your diet and will have you craving another snack a short time later.


If you are choosing sushi made with white rice and imitation meat, then you are ingesting a lot of fat, carbs and sugars that have little nutritional content. While seaweed is high in nutritional value, white rice and meats such as imitation crab are packed with tons of sugar and a load of carbs that can easily take up your daily limit in a few bites.

Fat-Free Salad Dressing

To remove the fat from salad dressing, artificial sweeteners and sugars have to be put in its place for flavoring. Veggies are fat soluble too so removing the fat also removes the nutritional content you would normally be getting from the vegetables in full fat dressings.


While salads that are packed with veggies and very little dressing can be very healthy for you, most people do not eat their salads this way. When a salad is topped with tons of dressing, cheeses and meats, it ceases to be healthy and becomes a hidden source of fat and calories. Did you know that almost all of the salads at Applebee's have well over a 1,000 calories each?

Chewable Vitamin C

As a mom, this both shocked and scared me. There is no doubt that Vitamin C is good for you, but when given in a chewable form, it can eat away at your teeth. Vitamin C is ascorbic acid and when you purchase Vitamin C chewables with the acidic form of the vitamin, you are chewing and releasing that acid onto your teeth and into your mouth. Teach your little ones to swallow a pill or look for a brand that has a non-acidic version of the vitamin.

Fruit Juices

Most fruit juices are just an unearthly source of tons of sugars, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Even brands that claim to be 100% natural juice can have up to 38g of sugar in an 8oz serving. Just grab a piece of fresh fruit instead!

Do you eat any of these foods thinking they are good for you? If so, what do you think now?

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  1. Great list! I have found that with my weight loss journey, eating whole foods seems to be what is working for me. I do use Splenda in my morning coffee and don't know if I can give that up.

    I used to order restaurant salads thinking it was a healthier option when they typically have MORE FAT than most other items on the menu. Being on weight watchers has totally made me reevaluate everything I consume!

    Losing weight and being healthy is difficult. It takes a lot of research and discipline. This list will help people who may think they are doing their body good, when all along they are sabotaging their success.

  2. I always cringe when I see people drinking diet soda. If you're going to indulge, just have a regular one and get it over with. I do prefer the new throwback versions of some that have regular sugar instead of HFCS when I have a soda now too. That means even fewer chemicals in your indulgence.

  3. I'm a diet Pepsi drinker and no how bad it is for me. I've done well recently and have one only at dinner time. There are so many foods out there just not good.

  4. I am a shameless diet soda drinker. I am slowly weaning myself off though, because when the surrogacy gets under way, it will be no more for me!

  5. we've kicked the diet (we call it pop!) here and it was a hard habit to break. We still indulge in a non diet pop once in a while but very rarely. I'm hoping this improves our health!

  6. I'm not sure that I can give up my diet soda, but I can give up the fat free dressing... I didn't like it much anyway!

  7. Great post. I stay clear of soda when I can. I do have one here and there but I mostly just drink water.

  8. Wonderful post. My hubby has completely stopped drinking diet soda and has lost about 15 pounds (along with some other things I've cut out of his diet). The only thing on the list I cannot give up is my white rice... I adore it, I have just cut back on the amount of butter I put on it and what I serve it with.
    I think you look absolutely fabulous, BTW... your see how thin you are in you face in your profile photo. Not to mention how terrific you looked at Disney. You are beautiful!

  9. Great article, it's always a sight for sore eyes to see a well written article when most of my search results lately have been blatant garbage. I will look forward to your future posts.

  10. While much of this is true, I tried and tried to quit diet soda and my weight loss didn't happen until I went gluten free.
    I still don't bother with rice cakes (why eat boring food?) but I drink 6-8 cans a day of diet soda to this day.

  11. Yes, it is a habit that has been hard for me to kick too. I am down to two cans of diet soda a day though.

  12. sushi with fish is ok though, I hope



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