Trying to Slim Down? Steer Clear of These Diet Food Brands

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, ahead.

1. Halo Top

A Birthday Cake Halo Top Ice Cream pint.

Don’t let yourself be fooled by these suspiciously delicious ice cream flavors. | 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.

2. Bootea

A pink and green Boo Teatox pack.

These influencer-backed teas aren’t the miracle workers they seem. | Bootea

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

Naked Green Juices in a row.

You might want to consider these sweet juices a dessert. | 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 Pepsi 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

A Lenny & Larry’s Pumpkin Spice cookie.

Stay clear from these “healthy” snacks. | 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

Packs of Muscle Milk chocolate and vanilla products.

These products are loaded with strange ingredients. | 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 prose 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

A white bowl of oatmeal.

Your favorite oats are either lacking in nutrients or loaded with sugar and flavors. | iStock.com

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

Banana Nut Bread Clif Bar.

These high calorie protein bars are not great for weight loss. | Amazon

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.

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