Six Foods We’re Told Are Healthy But Are Actually Terrible For Us

Every time there’s a new ‘superfood’ or ‘health kick’ trend, we’re very dubious about what these new foods that are supposedly healthy. Because, honestly, how have these foods gone unnoticed for so long if they’re actually as good as everyone is saying?

Take the seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale, for example. Oh yeah, on paper it seems perfect which is exactly why we don’t think it can be as good as everyone is saying.

There are plenty of foods that we’re told we need more of but here are the ones that are actually terrible for us. Eat your lunch before we ruin it for you.


You ever wondered why there are so many bags of popcorn where the good crisps used to be? It’s because people are starting to realise that to make microwave and packeted popcorn taste good instead of like grated cardboard, a tonne of sodium and chemical diacetyl has to be mixed in.

Granola Cereals

There’s pretty much no such thing as healthy cereal. The nuts, oats and dried fruit of these breakfast bowls seem not-terrible but are. One bowl can easily have more than 500 calories, according to Marie Claire. The dried fruit used can also have sulphur and sugar added as a preservative.

Vegetable Oils

Canola oil, rapeseed oil and soybean oil have been linked with lower cholesterol but their fatty acids can cause problems more severe than a little added cholesterol. Try heart disease, for example.

Canned Soups

Oh Heinz, how can you be so terrible to us? With more than 400 milligrams of sodium per can, your high blood pressure isn’t going to thank you for “just soup for lunch”.

Low-Fat Peanut Butter

Don’t be fooled, peanuts without fat aren’t really peanuts. The monounsaturated fat in regular PB isn’t bad for you however the reduced-fat, extra-sugar jars are.

Diet Coke

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. This is Diet Coke, packed to the rafters in artificial ingredients and sweeteners.