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These Foods Have a Serious Health Halo

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    Greek Yogurt

    Carissa Bealert, an Orlando-based registered dietitian, shares this foolproof tip to detect misguided health halos while grocery shopping: "Look at the label, no matter what store you're in!" she says. "There are tons of foods with empty calories even at health food stores." Between sugary fruit syrups and artificial toppings that are more like candy, Greek yogurt can easily fall into this trap. When it comes to picking the right yogurt, Bealert says a single serving should have no more than 12 grams of sugar. However, Bealert says there's one health halo found in yogurt that deserves its place in the clouds—probiotics. Make sure your yogurt has them, or get them from these 5 foods with good bacteria.

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    Pressed Juice

    You might think a cold-pressed green juice is just what you need after a tough group-cycling class, but don't grab just any bottled juice. Bealert says many "healthy" juices are actually lacking in the nutrition department, so pick a blend (or make one yourself!) with lots of vitamins A and K. You want something that features mostly natural sugars, such as from apples and honey.

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    Veggie Chips

    You're munching mindlessly on those green and yellow veggie sticks, thinking you can have as much as you want. (Hey, they're vegetables!) Well, we hate to ruin your snack session, but it's time to toss them in the trash. No matter how healthy they claim to be on the bag, veggie chips are still fried, says Bealert. "Plus, a potato is a vegetable, which means regular chips are technically veggie chips!" says Bealert. (Ooof, valid point.)

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but turkey products, whether it's turkey bacon or a turkey burger, can sometimes have just as much fat as red meat, says Bealert. Plus, if you're grabbing some lunch at a local diner, you've lost all ingredient or portion control. If you're making homemade turkey burgers for dinner, then choose lean meat and healthy toppings, and go for it. Just know that choosing the turkey club over the regular burger at a restaurant doesn't necessarily translate into fewer calories.

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    "A cookie is still a cookie, no matter what label you put in front of it," says Bealert. So don't be fooled into thinking you can eat twice as many cookies just because they're gluten-free. Gluten-free products can often be packed with other artificial ingredients to make up for the elimination, and those extras aren't doing your body or diet any health favors.

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    "For me personally, outside of produce and dairy, the term 'organic' has limited meaning," says Bealert. This is good news for your wallet! Stock up on the stuff that matters (like the Dirty Dozen) and save some cash by skipping the organic crackers you really don't need.

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    Don't get us wrong, kale is extremely healthy, but Bealert shares a PSA about this leafy green that goes for any of-the-moment superfood. "Spinach is just as good as kale. If you like spinach better, eat spinach!" she says. "Don't feel forced to eat the top superfood of the moment if you like something equally as healthy better."