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Imagine yourself walking down the grocery store aisle. You see foods chock-full of vitamins, bran and fruit and vegetables. They must be healthy right?

Well, maybe not! Take a closer look at foods labeled as healthy. They're probably not all they're made out to be. They may be "junk" foods in disguise or foods that are less healthy.

This doesn't mean we should avoid them at all costs, but rather enjoy them in moderation. Think twice about the foods listed below.

1. Bran Muffins. Not all bran muffins are created equally. I'm not talking about your homemade bran muffin, rather, I am referring to that supersized bran muffin at the coffee shop. Just because it has the word "bran" in it doesn't mean it's healthy. Most coffee shop or store bought bran muffins are loaded with fat and calories due to their large size (equal to about 5 servings from the grain group!). A typical muffin is 5 ounces and contains 400-500 calories and 15 grams of fat! You're better off making your own low-fat (and smaller) muffins at home.

2. Fruit and Vegetable Chips. You've seen them gourmet potato chips made from or with fruits and vegetables. Even though they may bear the words "natural" or "organic", they are still typically calorie dense and salty or fried. You're better off eating sliced apples or carrots they are naturally low in calorie and filling!

3. Cereal Bars. Remember the days when there were just a few cereal ...    Continue

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@ 10:17am ET on July 9, 2008
I love muffins! I don't eat them too often but at my college during the year they would have a place to buy freshly baked muffins still warm from the oven! I could never find out the calorie count on those but they had to have been deadly!!! Homeade ones are definitely the way to go! And cereal/granola bars are also my weakness. I love odwalla bars, especially in the chocolate/peanut flavor...I love 'em for breakfast along with some kind of fruit...I bet that isn't the best choice eiher, is it :/ ?

@ 3:54pm ET on July 9, 2008
OMG Shauna you are right about Kashi's stuff. They have a new cereal bar that is fantastic and tastes way better than the old Nutrigrain ones.

@ 9:53pm ET on July 9, 2008
I am hopelessly in love with South Beach Diet cereal bars - they have the added bonus of being higher in protein than the other bars and are only 140 calories. Keep me full all afternoon.

@ 4:53am ET on July 10, 2008
Hi! Iam Nichevile.. I love to eat muffins because they are tasty and yummie.. I cannot resist to eat them specially during recess time! I eat cereals also everyday and I also love to eat quaker oats.. yeah i love them.. They are delicious and satisfying to my tastes...! Keep me full everyday.Do not keep me hungry... Hamburgers, Frenchfries.. my choice! Thnx!:)


@ 4:34pm ET on July 11, 2008
Kashi makes wonderful granola bars. I especially like their chewy trail mix bars. Mmmm. They are a pretty good breakfast.
You really have to watch those mufffins. When I'm rushed a muffin always seemed like a good, healthier breakfast option until I read the nutrition label!

@ 11:59am ET on July 13, 2008
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