20 Junk Foods You Didn't Know You Were Eating

They may seem healthy, but these foods could be ruining your health and sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Sarah Crow

If you're constantly trying to lose those last 10, 50, or 100 pounds to no avail, you're not alone. While approximately 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, just a fraction of that population succeeds in shedding the pounds. However, it's not just a collective lack of willpower keeping American obesity rates sky-high. 

In fact, for many people, it comes down to confusion over what classifies as healthy or not. Is a veggie chip a health food of junk? Is that smoothie loaded with healthy fruits and vegetables, or loaded with frozen yogurt? Is a salad still good for you when it's topped with bacon and blue cheese? The lack of clarity regarding what should be considered healthy is more prevalent than you might imagine—according to one study, while countless Americans believe themselves to be living a healthy lifestyle, just three percent meet the CDC's definition for healthy living. 

What's the solution? Before embarking on another dubious get-thin-quick plan, cut these 20 junk foods you didn't know you were eating out of your diet. And for more seemingly-healthy foods to steer clear of, check out these 45 Surprise Foods Loaded With Sugar