5 ‘Healthy’ Foods You’re Probably Wasting Money On

By: Jon Corrigan

So, you’re trying to lose weight and eat better leading up to the holidays?

Nothing wrong with that.

However, if these “healthy” items are in your grocery cart, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

Check out Yahoo’s list of 5 Healthy Foods that are the Biggest Waste of Money¬†below.

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1. Granola

Granola is loaded with sugar and is high in calories (just a half cup has about 260 calories), not to mention high in fat from nuts, seeds and oils.

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2. Pre-bottled Juice Smoothies

These are packed with sugar. Just one bottle of Naked’s “Green Machine” has 53 grams of sugar (that’s more than twice the daily recommended amount).

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3. Organic Crackers & Cookies

Because people view these as “guilt free,” they tend to consume more calories than they would otherwise. Either way you slice it, crackers and cookies are still crackers and cookies. There aren’t many health benefits.

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4. “Lean” Frozen Dinners

Just because something is gluten-free, low-fat or organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Though these help with portion control, the artificial ingredients limit nutritional value.

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(Geri Lavrov / Getty Images)

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5. Diet Soda

In the long run, artificial sweeteners aren’t doing much for your waistline. Studies show that individuals who drink diet soda tend to make up for the calories elsewhere (i.e. “I’m drinking diet soda, so I can order that side of fries”).

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For healthy alternatives these five items, click here.

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