Fruit juice, granola bars, cereal - all considered healthy food.  Many of these foods and others that we think of as healthy can actually be high in calories, sugar, fat and carbohydrates.

We eat these foods everyday, but don’t know always pay attention to the  ingredients. To be fair, not all of these products are created equally. There are healthier versions of many of these foods. That is why it is important for us to be educated consumer and always read the food label before we just assume it is good for us and toss it in our shopping cart.  Check out the 5 top foods you think are healthy but really aren't.

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    Cereal

    Cereal is a go-to food to eat for breakfast. However, most cereals are actually filled with sugar and refined carbohydrates. These ingredients are especially fattening, and increases your blood sugar.

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    Diet Soda

    Who would think diet soda is fattening? It’s better than regular soda- right? Wrong! People move to diet soda because of the amount of sugar that is in regular soda. However, the amount of artificial sweetener in diet soda actually makes people want to eat more!

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    Granola

    If granola is made naturally, then it is a great addition to your diet. However, granola that is sold in many stores contains sugar and other fattening ingredients.

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    Fruit Juice

    What can be wrong with fruit juice? It contains fruit so it has to be healthy, right? Actually, that is mostly wrong. A lot of fruit juice is actually just flavored sugar water. Instead of drinking empty calories, eat a piece of real fruit and you will get the benefit of the fiber as well.

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    Salad Dressing

    This one may be the most shocking fattening item on the list. Salads are seen as the pinnacle of healthy eating. When people drown their salads in dressing, however, they are detracting from the benefits of the healthy greens.Many dressings are full of fat and sugar.  Your best bet - make your own with some vinegar and a dash of olive oil (not too much since a tablespoon is 100 calories).

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