In our quest for a healthier lifestyle, slimmer waistline and better quality of life many people are trying to eat healthier food. However, somewhere along the health food aisle, things go wrong and we unintentionally consume the junk we’re trying to escape

Here are 5 secretly unhealthy foods you might be unknowingly eating.

Granola

There’s nothing harmful about oats. Toasted oats with nuts and dried fruit is great, but not when the oats is coated in sugar or honey. The granola goes from being a high fibre health food to another high sugar cereal laden with calories and blood sugar raising sweetness.

Sugar-free, unsweetened granola is a healthier option. Make sure you consider the sugars, calories and fats that might come with your toppings.

Microwave popcorn

Popcorn is the go-to low-calorie snack for many people, and depending on your seasonings it can also be low in sugar and sodium.

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When cooked correctly, popcorn is low calorie and makes up for its natural carbohydrates by being high in dietary fibre.

Microwave popcorn is often has lots of seasonings and fat which turns this dream snack food into an absolute nightmare.

Energy drinks

Energy drinks have lots of sugar and caffeine to give you that almost instant rush you need.

That sugar, caffeine and even the short-lived shot of energy are all bad for your health because of the high caffeine, high calories and the effect the sugar has on your blood sugar levels.

A balanced low GI diet, with foods made of complex carbohydrates, slowly releases energy that can sustain you.

Related:Energy drinks raise resting blood pressure

Diet cooldrinks

Diet cooldrinks have no calories, no fat and no sugar, which sounds perfect if you aren’t considering the chemicals.

However, according to businessinsider.com diet drinks have been linked to metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions that include: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain, which can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Related:Are diet cool-drinks great for reducing calories?

Sugar-free sweeteners

If you’re a sugar fiend, artificial sweeteners might be just the crutch you reach for when you try to reduce your sugar intake.

Keep in mind that sugar replacements are not made equally. While others are designed not to affect your insulin levels others have been linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

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