Healthy food imposters are everywhere. Whether products claim to be low in fat (aka – high in sugar) or are branded to look whole, natural, health- and waistline-friendly and they’re actually full of chemicals from being processed, it’s no wonder people have a hard time losing weight and getting healthy. In this article below from Men’s Health, check out six of the worst frozen food offenders claiming to be healthy or slimmed down.

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Think about the food industry: The people who fill our supermarket freezer section have no problem clumping together pseudo-foods and processing chemicals and selling it to you under the guise of “healthy eating.” They give these foods the right look (gourmet packaging with wholesome images) and the right talk (nutritional buzz-terms like “light,” “natural,” and “gluten-free”), and they obviously don’t care about the consequences (more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese).

Indeed, some frozen-food manufacturers even go so far as to spackle terms like “lean” or “healthy” right on the label. But the truth is, many of these foods are charlatans, imposters, frauds! Don’t let these scoundrels sabotage your waistline. Strike back with these tips, ripped from the pages of Eat This, Not That! 2013!


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6. Worst Frozen Dessert

Ben & Jerry’s FroYo Phish Food (1/2 cup): 240 calories, 6 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 27 g sugars.

Frozen yogurt is often a healthy alternative to ice cream, but not this version. In fact, it has 100 more calories than your standard vanilla frozen treat. That’s largely due to coconut oil and butter being high on the ingredient list—not to mention nearly a half-dozen Oreos’ worth of sugar in every scoop.

Eat This Instead!

Haagen-Dazs Chocolate All Natural Sorbet: 130 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 21 g sugars.


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5. Worst Frozen Beef Meal

Lean Cuisine Beef Chow Fun: 320 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 520 mg sodium, 18 g sugar.

The calorie toll here isn’t so bad, but the sugar impact is unacceptable. This isn’t dessert, after all. You could have a scoop of Edy’s Slow Churned Rocky Road ice cream and still cut 6 grams of sugar. The problem here is Lean Cuisine’s “sweet and spicy” Asian sauce. Think of it as pancake syrup with a few spices stirred in.

Eat This Instead!

Lean Cuisine Beef & Broccoli: 270 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 520 mg sodium, 9 g sugars.

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