51 'Healthy' Foods that Really Aren't

Don't let the labels fool you -- our experts tell you which so-called healthy foods you should skip and what to buy instead (53 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Jul 12, 2012 at 2:06PM

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51 'Healthy' Foods that Really Aren't

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Health Food Imposter #17: Roasted Nuts

Nuts in their raw form are completely healthy, but the minute they are heated in the roasting process, they lose most of their health benefits, explains Traci D. Mitchell, a certified sports nutritionist based in Chicago, Illinois. Why? “The fat in nuts is largely polyunsaturated. Polyunsaturated fats are extremely fragile and oxidize (go bad) very quickly when they're exposed to air and heat. Oxidized fats are a breeding ground for free radicals, and free radicals damage our body much in the same way rust damages a car.”

The Better Pick: Keep eating nuts, says Mitchell; just go for the raw, unroasted varieties for a healthier option.

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