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

9. Rice Cakes 

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Why it’s fattening:

First of all, rice cakes taste like cardboard, so I’m not really sure why people eat them anyway. I think I’d rather use them as a doorstop, hockey puck, or non-lethal throwing stars.

Just like cereal, they’re made from highly processed rice and WILL spike insulin, blood sugar, and open up body’s fat-storing flood gates. Most rice cakes also have added sugar in the form of caramel, with a whopping 0 grams of protein to boot.

Glycemic index value = 77.

 Smart swaps:
  • Whole wheat toast
  • Pita chips
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt

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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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