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9 Faux “Health Foods” That’ll Blow Up Your Belly

6. Craisins & Dried Fruit

craisins, dried fruit

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Why it’s fattening:

Don’t get me wrong — fruit is extremely healthy — as it’s LOADED with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Sure it’s primarily sugar, but that sugar is fructose, which digests much more slowly than glucose and any of the stuff that’s found in processed foods.

The problem with most packaged dried fruit, in particularly Ocean Spray Craisins, is twofold:

  1. Manufacturers add even MORE sugar to a perfectly sweet, healthy product. I really don’t get it.
  2. When fruit is dehydrated it removes almost all of the water and a lot of the nutrients, both of which help keep hunger levels under control and minimize fat storage. Dried fruit is EXTREMELY concentrated, which amps up the calories and sugar content.

Here’s a quick comparison for you:

Craisins: 1/3 of a cup has 130 calories and 26 grams of sugar

Cranberries: 1 cup has 46 calories and 4 grams of sugar.

You do the math.

Smart swaps:
  • Whole fruit

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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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