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 #20: Spinach (or Other 'Veggie') Boxed Pasta

Sorry, just because the pasta is green doesn’t mean it can count as your vegetable, says Batayneh. “These pastas often contain negligible amounts of vegetables (spinach is the last ingredient in one major brand), and in fact, only contain spinach mostly for coloring purposes,” she says.

The Better Pick: Eat your veggies in their natural form to get all their nutritional (and fiber) benefits, recommends Batayneh. Make your own spinach pasta: Cook some whole-wheat pasta and stir in some raw spinach just before serving for a true spinach pasta dish.

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