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 #21: Gluten-Free or Organic Cookies

“Phrases like ‘gluten-free’ and ‘organic’ are health halos, meaning that they make consumers believe the product is healthier and less caloric than its regular counterparts,” says Batayneh. The truth is, organic or gluten-free cookies contain just as many calories, fat and sugar (sometimes more), and you may be more likely to eat more of them thinking they're healthy or nutritious, she says. “But a cookie is a cookie, no matter what adjective comes in front of it.”

The Better Pick: If you are craving something sweet, have a little dark chocolate for a dessert with more antioxidant power. If you really need a cookie, stick with the serving size and enjoy every bite. If you can, make your own cookies with whole-wheat flour and other natural ingredients to cut down on artificial ingredients and/or trans fats that can end up in packaged cookies.

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