Don’t Fall for These Lies From ‘Health Food’ Companies That Are Owned by Junk Food Brands

Do you know who really makes your favorite healthy snacks? Are those snacks even as healthy as they’re marketed to be? Some of the biggest food-centric corporations are more like junk food brands — buying out ‘healthy’ brands and often sacrificing quality to sell more products.

These are the brands you’ve probably heard of, and the companies that control what they make.

Silk is owned by WhiteWave

Containers of Silk milk inside a fridge.

Not a very healthy dairy alternative. | Silk via Instagram

You’ve heard of Silk — the dairy-free company that sells soy, coconut, and almond milk products for the health-conscious, lactose-avoidant consumer. Unfortunately, dairy-free doesn’t always mean healthy, especially when it comes to incorporating added flavors into an otherwise healthy product.

WhiteWave also owns International Delight, known for their sweet (translated: sugar-abundant) flavored coffee creamers.

Next: If there are over 15 flavors of the same product, it’s probably not healthy.

LaraBar is owned by General Mills

Mint chocolate truffle Larabar bites on a table.

Healthy snack or sugary dessert?  | Larabar

There are over a dozen LaraBar flavors — everything from Apple Pie to Snickerdoodle. As you can probably guess — even if you’d rather not — their nutrition labels reveal they’re more junk food than healthy alternative.

This isn’t the only brand General Mills tries to promote as healthy. Yoplait yogurt, for example, offers a variety of sugary options.

Next: This corporation faced a cheesy PR crisis in 2015.

Boca Foods is owned by Kraft

A Boca burger with fixings on a bun.

Boca Food products are not very nourishing. | Boca Foods

In the mood for a Boca Burger? Buying this products ultimately forces you to support Kraft, one of the biggest — and most controversial — food companies in the United States.

Kraft once partnered with a national dietetics organization and tried to pass its cheese off as healthy. Though most of the blame fell onto its partner, more experts have pushed to either stop calling Kraft products healthy or somehow make them better.

Next: The makers of Frosted Flakes — not ‘great’ — also own this health food brand.

Bear Naked is owned by Kellogg

Granola in a brown bowl.

Granola is often filled with sugar and preservatives. | iStock.com

If it’s granola, it’s good for you — right? Not so much. Bear Naked granola products still contain a lot of sugar, despite what this and other companies keep telling you about how healthy it is. Too many consumers fall into the trap of eating more ‘healthy’ foods because they’re marketed as ‘not junk food.’

Kellogg doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to snacks. Don’t let the tiger fool you — his cereal isn’t all that great for your overall health.

Next: Think this granola is good for you, too? Think again.

Nature Valley is owned by General Mills

This granola bar is practically a candy bar. | Nature Valley via Instagram

When you think of Nature Valley, you probably don’t think of junk food. Unfortunately, many of their granola and cereal products have just as much sugar as similar products, despite their health food marketing efforts.

This brand’s parent company, General Mills, which produces Fruit Snack’s, Annie’s products, and other snacks that aren’t as healthy as they might appear.

Next: You’ve heard of their cereals and bars, but do you know who’s really in charge?

Kashi is owned by Kellogg

Kashi overnight muesli.

Don’t be fooled by these products. | Kashi

Whether or not you’re eating healthy on a Kashi craze depends on what you’re buying. They offer everything from frozen entrees to cookies — and you can easily guess which end of the spectrum each of those falls.

Kellogg owns all of Kashi’s properties — yes, the creator of infamous, sugar-saturated breakfast cereals like Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes.

Next: Is it really worth buying this breakfast cereal?

Grape-Nuts is owned by Post

A box of Grape-Nuts cereal in front of a white background.

This cereal is not as healthy as it seems. | Post Consumer Brands

When it comes to breakfast cereals, you can do a lot worse than Grape-Nuts. Post owns this whole grain-based, high-fiber cereal, but they’re also responsible for brands like Chips Ahoy!, Oreo O’s, and Pebbles — foods high in sugar often marketed specifically to small children.

When it comes to breakfast, cereal isn’t always the best option — especially not all by itself. Here’s what you should really eat for breakfast if you’re trying to lose weight.

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