Which Health Food Fakes Are Fooling You?

Find out which foods might not be so healthy after all.

Which Health Food Fakes Are Fooling You?

When you peruse aisles at the grocery store, you probably notice all sorts of claims, packaging designs, and enticing images that make products seem healthy. But which ones should you trust? Check out these health food fakes that might be fooling you.

Sugar-Free

You probably see these signs on many of the products you pick off the shelves. Unfortunately, something that’s free of sugar isn’t necessarily healthy for you. Removing sugar often means having to replace it with something else to maintain flavor, like fat, salt and artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately, the jury is still out on the health effects of artificial sweeteners and they may actually help you gain weight. Instead, have sweet treats after you’ve eaten something healthy and have them in smaller portions.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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