2. Organic Cookies
This next bit of news might put Cookie Monster to tears, but cookies bearing health food lingo, like “organic” are still cookies, which means although they may be void of chemicals and artificial sugars, they still contain a ton of natural sugars, which is what makes you pack on the pounds.
Food researchers point out that organic snacks cut out the artificial sugars, oils, preservatives, and chemical ingredients found in regular boxed cookies—they still pack products full of empty nutrients—such as empty carbohydrates and natural sugars.
3. Diet Soda
The old debate over diet vs. regular soda—which is better—can be argued over forever. The truth is: neither are good for you! Despite the diet label, sodas are still full of artificial sweeteners, which causes us to drink twice as much while also validating accompanying unhealthy choices.
The idea that “I’ve had a diet soda so I can have the fries and burger” is a common one. In fact, an American Journal of Public Health study on 24,000 Americans reported that overweight and obese adults were more likely to drink diet soda than individuals who maintained a healthy weight.
4. Bottled Juice
Even if it’s in a green bottle with a green label, so called “green” juices and smoothies are usually nothing more than snake oil. By that I’m referring to the high amounts of sugars in bottled juices. If you don’t believe me, read the label and take the word of certified nutritionist and author of The All-Day Energy Diet, Yuri Elkaim, to heart.
Elkaim insists that in many cases, bottled juices can contain upwards of 50-grams of sugar per bottle. Drinking so much sugar on a regular basis, leads to excess sugar in the blood that can’t be metabolized by the liver fast enough—so conditions like fatty liver disease, diabetes, and heart disease and can develop over the long run.