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Like California Roll? 5 Junk Foods Disguised as Health Foods

When you think junk food, what comes to mind? McDonald’s and Pop Tarts? Try again.

Granola, yogurt, protein bars and juices are everyday foods we associate with health, diet and weight loss, but lurking under the wrapper is excessive sugar content, saturated fats and mysterious ingredients with little or no nutritional value — collectively making up what is commonly referred to as “junk food.” Five common offenders:

1. California Roll

Eating fish is healthy! Omegas, iron, zinc, iodine, protein. Best of all, it’s raw, from Japan! See, the fact is, California roll isn’t from Japan, it’s from California, and the whole raw fish thing? Well, it’s cooked. And it’s artificial crab meat. There is nothing healthy about this food. Aside from the avocado, negated by the fattening sauce. Stay away from this nonsense food.

2. Frozen Yogurt

Yogurt is considered a relatively healthy food due to the live cultures that make up the content; live cultures promote and maintain digestive health. However convenience and pleasure can sometimes hurt us. Lurking in frozen yogurt are chemicals, added sugar, artificial sweeteners and fake flavoring. FYI: according to a half-cup of frozen yogurt at TCBY (and it’s fat free): can contain 120 calories and 20 grams of sugar, making the only thing frozen yogurt has in common with real yogurt is “Y”

3. Fruit Juice

Juice labeled as a percentage of “natural fruit juice” contains high-fructose corn syrup, and to think kids are chugging juice instead of water. The website for The Juice Products Association, an industry lobbying group, tells us that “Drinking 100% Fruit Juice is Associated with Lower Risk of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome.” The findings were based on research presented at recent Experimental Biology meeting. However, all exhibitors and scientists presenting at these EB meetings are represented by a sponsor; The Juice Products Association is funded by Tropicana and Coca-Cola.

4. Granola bars

Oligofructose, sorbitan, monosterate, polysorbate 60, sodium caseinate, FD&C Red 40, dextrose, lactate pentahydrate. And now, the ingredients you’ve heard of: high fructose corn syrup, high maltose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, Aspartame… granola used to be a mixture of whole grain oats, nuts, honey and fruit. Stay away from this all-too-convenient egregiously labeled healthy snack. Tip, if it says “fortified” or “enriched” on the label, it’s probably junk. A Kellogg’s Nutrigrain, Strawberry Cereal Bar contains 12g of sugar (that’s more than half the content of the entire bar).

5. Protein bars

Packed with sugar and hundreds of calories, some worse than a candy bar, many protein bars could very well negate your workout. According to, a Balance Gold Chewy Chocolate Chip bar has 210 calories, 63 of those are fat calories and hardly any fiber, calling it “not a wise choice.” You should always read the labels on a protein bar carefully. Because it contains protein in the name, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

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  • As long as food contains a percentage of acceptable ingredients marketers can call them healthy. This is misleading and a lot of foods on this list people think are healthy simply because it contains the qualifying percentage.

    Michael H

    12:32 pm

  • Yes, white rice is really bad for you. Sugar spike!

    Amy Segel

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  • Thanks Stefan.


    2:01 am

  • Protein bars are the worse. Its really wild how people eat those things like it will make them healthy or something. I worked at a smoothie shop in a gym and we sold those things like crazy during the five oclock rush. Huge money maker. But yeah, they’ll make you fat.

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  • Oh man! I love California roll! lol

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  • Too many people think fat-free automatically means healthy, and all too often, that’s not the case. Read those labels people. That’s half the battle.


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    Eric Smith (@jamacfrozenfood)

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  • Great post!

    I’m so aware of sugar in the food I eat as I’m a diabetic. Reading labels are so crucial.


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