Happy April Fools’ Day: 5 ‘Health’ Foods Fooling Us All


Wouldn’t it be nice if the red coloring in Swedish Fish was a sign of lots of antioxidants or if that glass of wine you consumed yesterday counted as a serving of fruit? Who am I fooling? I know you’d catch that April Fools’ joke right off the bat.

Instead, this April Fools’ Day, let’s lift the curtain on some other pranksters. While plenty of junk foods aren’t fooling anyone — everybody knows a bunch of sugar, gelatin, and preservatives don’t have much to offer when it comes to nutritional value — there are a number of other tricky foods masquerading as nutritious though. 

We all know that Cheetos aren’t good for you and VitaminWater is not a superfood. But what about the many foods that we think are “healthy” or “all-natural” choices—but just aren’t? I’m talking about your everyday snacks, like dried fruit, granola, cereal, popcorn…and the list goes on. Well today, April Fools’ Day, I’m listing a few of them. Yes, their jig is up!

Check out the 5 jokesters below, then let me know in the comments what other foods are trying to trick you into thinking they have something nutritious to offer. Happy April Fools’ Day!

1. Agave Nectar


Most agave is highly processed. As a result, the bottled version doesn’t remotely resemble the agave plant.  Agave is also high in fructose. High fructose sweeteners of any kind can cause insulin resistance, and obesity.

2.  Boxed Cereal and Granola 

 With rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruits, granola seems so healthy. What is misleading is how much sugar and extra calories are lurking in granola. A bowl of cereal and/or granola can easily contain 300 or more calories—and that’s without the milk! This means that they give you a sugar spike and crash more calories—and that’s without the milk! This means that they give you a sugar spike and crash, instead of keeping you properly nourished.

3.  Popcorn (from non-organic corn )


The vast majority of corn in America is genetically modified.  Also, microwave popcorn bags are lined with chemicals, and the butter is totally artificial. Upgrade by using organic popcorn kernels. You can pop ’em on your stove with coconut oil and sea salt, or in an air popper.

4.  Pasteurized fruit juices


The cartons and bottles of juice sold in the supermarket and served in restaurants contain tons of sugar. (Some have up to 48 grams per 16 oz.). Plus, pasteurization removes most of the beneficial nutrients, A better option is to go to a juice bar for a raw, cold-pressed option or make your own green juice or smoothie from scratch.

5.  Dried Fruit


This is tough, because, yes — it’s a fruit, and it has things like fiber. But because it’s dried, it also has at least three times the calories of fresh fruit. And usually some added sugar, along with sulfur to keep it preserved. (Just as an example, a bag of banana chips has 20% more fat and three times the calories as a fresh banana). While you can buy unsulfured and unsweetened varieties in health food stores, why not just eat fresh fruit instead? It’s much more filling and has fewer calories per serving!

Remember: Don’t be fooled by misleading ‘health’ food.


6 thoughts on “Happy April Fools’ Day: 5 ‘Health’ Foods Fooling Us All

  1. Wow! This is interesting but may i ask where did you get this information? My doctor told me to get my calcium from cereal & orange juice; and told me to make sure the OJ stated calcium on the bottle.
    Good read though! 😁

    1. Calcium fortified foods and drinks aren’t bad for you. This post is simply stating that drinking juice may not be as ‘healthy’ as eating the whole fruit or drinking cold pressed fruit juice. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/expert-answers/fruit-juice/faq-20058024
      As you may (or may not) know, I am a board-certified physician and I always encourage my patients (that are mildly deficient in vitamins & minerals) to use whole foods to help management these conditions.

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