The So-Called Health Foods to Avoid When Shopping at Whole Foods

Stepping into a Whole Foods can be an eye-opening experience. From the produce aisle to the deli, it’s impossible to make an unhealthy decision, right? Wrong. We hate to break it to you, but just because it’s sold at Whole Foods doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

Up ahead, we share the top so-called ‘health foods’ to avoid while grocery shopping at Whole Foods.

Veggie straws

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie straws

If you don’t pay attention to portions, you can munch your way through the entire bag. |

Whole Foods has a stellar snack section. That said, it’s not entirely healthy. In fact, many of the chip alternatives aren’t good for you at all. Case in point: veggie straws. While they may claim to be made with real vegetables, they should never count towards your daily serving. And at the end of the day, they’re really just chips and are more of an indulgence than a snack.

Organic dressings and sauces

Variety of sauces and salad dressings.

These salad dressings will add tons of extra calories to your healthy salad. | VeselovaElena/iStock/Getty Images

Just because an item says organic, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. When shopping for organic dressings and sauces at Whole Foods, pay close attention to the ingredients and nutrition facts. Many are still super high in saturated fats and sugar.

Naked Juice Smoothies

Naked Juices of green juice in a row.

Is this a green juice or a dessert? | Naked Juice

While we love Whole Foods for their grab-and-go drink section, not every drink in their lineup is considered healthy. Case in point: Naked Juice Smoothies. While they claim to have no added sugar, they still house a shocking amount. You’re better off having a smoothie made at their juice counter.

Annie’s products

A bag of Annie's Organic White Cheddar Popcorn.

This popcorn isn’t as healthy as you’d think. | Annie’s

Annie’s products get a lot of attention for being a healthier option for packaged and canned goods like ravioli, macaroni and cheese, and so on. That said, just because they’re a healthier option, doesn’t mean they’re the best option. Many items from Annie’s lineup are high in sodium and sugar.

Dried fruit

Dried fruits on a tray.

A handful of these are just as bad as junk food. |

If you want to avoid a spike in sugar levels, you may want to steer clear of dried fruit at Whole Foods (or, any other health food store). Dried fruit is extremely high in sugar and should be treated more like candy than fruit. Instead, head over to the produce aisle and pick up some antioxidant-rich berries.

‘Healthy’ baked goods

Chocolate chip cookies with milk.

Don’t let the smell of fresh baked goods draw you in. | Wutlufaipy/iStock/Getty Images

Another food item that houses the illusion of healthy at Whole Foods? Their bakery items. These items are no different than the items sold at a regular grocery store bakery. Step away.

Back to Nature cookies

A box of California Lemon Cookies.

Watch out for these cookies — they can easily throw off your healthy day. | Back To Nature

Speaking of sweets, Back to Nature makes some of our favorite crackers and cookies in healthier forms. And while they’re made of more real ingredients (especially compared to Oreos and other highly processed cookies), they’re still high in sugar and not the best for you.

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