Food vendors with a focus on organic and freshly-sourced products oftentimes seem like ideal venues for dieters to do their grocery shopping. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Shops like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods do offer a wide range of organic and wholesome food products, but many of these snack and meal options are alarmingly unhealthy. Read on to learn about 8 food products from organic vendors that may very well be destroying your diet.
1. Journey to the Center of the Cookie (Trader Joe’s)
In fairness, it should be pretty clear to the consumer that a product labeled “Journey to the Center of the Cookie” offers zero nutritional benefit. Even so, each of these decadent treats is packed with 430 calories, 20 grams of fat (9 unsaturated), and a whopping 39 grams of sugar, reports My Fitness Pal. The sweet is an explosion of chocolate chip cookie crust and molten chocolate filling, sure to demolish your diet in one fell swoop.
2. Brown Sugar Blondies (Whole Foods)
You know how it goes: You’re biding your time in the checkout line when the gleaming corner of one of these rich, moist Brown Sugar Blondie packages catches your eye. These tiny 2.5-ounce packages are a surefire way to bring your well-intentioned diet to a screeching halt. Yes, they’re small, but each miniature package is loaded with 290 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 31 grams of sugar-laden noshing, reports My Fitness Pal. Resist the checkout counter temptation and opt for a pack of gum to curb your cravings!
3. Speculoos Cookie Butter (Trader Joe’s)
One of the store’s most widely beloved treats is Speculoos Cookie Butter, consisting of Speculoos cookies, sugar, and oil. The sweet and spreadable cookie snack packs in 90 calories, 6 grams of fat, and and 5 grams of sugar per tablespoon, writes Club Trader Joe’s. These amounts aren’t devastatingly unhealthy on their own, but if you’ve tried cookie butter, then you’re well-aware how impossible it is to eat just 1 tablespoon (or 2…or 3…). Overall, the snack is comparable to peanut butter — just lacking in any of the nutritional benefits of its nutty cousin.
4. 365 Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix (Whole Foods)
Shape named trail mix as one of its “50 Seemingly Healthy Foods that are Bad for You,” and the Chocolate Cherry variety from Whole Foods is one of the worst offenders. Fat Secret reports that each ¼ cup serving of the snack packs in 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 10 grams of sugar. The numbers themselves aren’t too astronomical, but you’d be hard-pressed to satisfy your snack cravings with a simple quarter-cup serving. Before you know it, you’ll have consumed 600 calories’ worth of the sweet stuff!
5. BBQ Chicken Salad (Trader Joe’s)
Don’t be fooled by the word “salad” in the title — this dish is among Trader Joe’s worst dietary offenders. Bostinno reports that the market’s Barbecue Chicken Salad contains 580 calories, 31 grams of fat, and 910 milligrams of sodium per individually-sized package. If you happen to be craving the barbecue-infused flavors of this salad, go easy on the dressing to cut down on salt and fat content.
6. 365 Oat And Honey Granola
Calorie- and sugar-loaded granola is one of the most deceptively unhealthy breakfast and snack foods out there. Whole Foods’ Oat And Honey variation contains 240 calories, 7 grams of fat, and an incredible 14 grams of sugar (that’s about 3½ whole teaspoons) per ½-cup serving, a combination which earned it a D+ grading from Fooducate. To achieve similar nutritional benefits without the extra dose of calories and fat, sink your teeth into some fresh fruit from the produce section!
7. Palak Paneer (Trader Joe’s)
A classic Indian dish, Palek Paneer consists of a spiced and savory combination of spinach and cottage cheese, Veg Recipes Of India reports. This may sound like a nutrient-packed powerhouse, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Mother Jones reports that each 10-ounce package of Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer contains 500 calories, 1,600 milligrams of sodium, and a whopping 38 grams of fat. To put things in perspective, that’s slightly more fat than you’d find in a standard-issue Whopper, according to nutritional data from Burger King.
In the dish’s defense, the label does claim that the 10-ounce box contains 2 servings. That said, a a full package could easily be polished off by one hungry eater.
8. Banana Chips (Whole Foods)
Banana chips may seem like a healthier alternative to the standard potato chip or tortilla chip snack, but you’d be surprised how sneakily unhealthy these sweet munchies happen to be. Fooducate notes that each ⅓-cup serving of these chips contains 150 calories, plus a shocking 10 grams of fat (8 grams saturated) and 10 grams of sugar — that’s roughly 2½ full teaspoons! Next time you’re craving an sweet treat on the go, stick with a real banana to keep your diet on the right track.