With so many diet foods readily available, losing weight seems easier than ever. That said, many of these so-called diet food brands are hiding some dark secrets. From high sugar “snacks” to false advertisements, we share the top diet food brands to steer clear of.
1. Halo Top
If you’re trying to lose weight, diet food brand, Halo Top may not be the best snack option for you. Although the nutrition facts are much better than those of real ice cream (20 grams of sugar vs. 70+ grams), the sugar content is still extremely high and won’t help you slim down.
Tea detoxes — aka “teatoxes” — have become a major fad in the world of dieting. That said, just because celebrities endorse them, doesn’t mean they work. Most reviews on teatoxes like Bootea claim they’re nothing but glorified tea.
3. Naked Juice
If you’re trying to lose weight, juice may not be the way to go — especially if it’s Naked Juice. According to this article on Rebooted Body, Naked Juice and Pepsi aren’t that different.
In the comparison, Rebooted Body looked at the sugar content of a 10 ounce bottle of Pep si vs. a 10 ounce bottle of Naked Juice Berry Blast and the results were shocking. Naked Juice had just two less grams of sugar (32 grams total) than Pepsi (34 grams total).
4. Lenny & Larry’s
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie is like a diet food dream come true. That said, the brand hasn’t exactly been honest with their nutrition facts. Currently in a class action lawsuit for false advertisement, the diet food brand’s cookies are claimed to have 16 grams of protein, when they actually have 4-9 grams.
And if that isn’t enough to turn you away from the protein cookies, perhaps this will: In December 2016, the company’s cookies were recalled for dairy contamination in their chocolate chips. The weird part? Their cookies are supposed to be vegan.
5. Muscle Milk
Another diet food brand to watch out for: Muscle Milk. Formulated with a variety of sweeteners (think: fructose, sucralose, and maltodextrin), Muscle Milk’s protein powders pose a huge threat to your diet and health.
According to Consumer Reports, the so-called diet food brand’s protein powders contain toxic heavy metal contamination, including traces of arsenic, mercury, and lead.
6. Quaker Oats
While oatmeal can be a great healthy option for your diet, there are certain brands you may want to steer clear of. Case in point: Quaker Oats. The so-called “all-natural” oatmeal company has seen quite a few controversies, including a lawsuit for using known weed killer (and human carcinogen), glyphosate in their oats production. To be safe, stick with a different, organic brand for all of your oatmeal needs.
7. Clif Bar
We hate to break it to you, but Clif Bars aren’t as healthy as they seem. In fact, they’re not really health at all. With an extremely high calorie count and sugar and sodium levels similar to a Snickers candy bar, the energy bars can do a lot more harm than good — especially in the name of weight loss.