Nutrition knowledge is evolving all the time. Still, it’s pretty hilarious to take a look back at the things you really thought did a body good 10 or 15 years ago. Here, some of the products that fooled us the most.
1. Granola (Ahem, Candy) Bars
Now you know to look at the sugar and fiber content before you buy one of these ready-to-eat snacks. But back in the ’90s…
2. 100 Percent Fruit Juice
It’s kind of hard to believe you used to have a big glass of sugar—sorry, orange juice—with breakfast every single morning.
3. Low-Fat Crackers
These might have had a slight caloric edge on the regular version. But that definitely didn’t mean eating half a box in one sitting was a smart idea, which is exactly what you did (at least if you were anything like us).
4. Frozen Diet Meals
They have fewer than 400 calories! …And more than a quarter of your daily recommended intake of sodium.
5. Health Drinks
Whether it was instant breakfasts, weight-loss shakes, or vitamin-infused waters, now you know: H2O will always be the gold standard when it comes to hydration—and real food is the best place to get your nutrition, not mixes or bottles.
6. 100-Calorie Packs of Cookies
As much as we hate to admit it, 100-calorie packs of sweets are still sweets…and that “less than one gram” of fiber, along with all of the sugar, leaves you hungry for another snack in no time.
These cupcakes-in-disguise haven’t fooled their last unsuspecting victim, but we’re not falling for it anymore.
And this was back in the days before they removed most of the trans fats from the faux butter.
9. Rice Cakes
Yeah, these don’t have much in the way of calories…or nutrition.
10. “Real” Fruit Snacks
Even straight-up candy (we won’t name names) says on the package that it’s “made with real fruit.” You may have fooled us back in the day, fruit snacks. But now…
11. Fig-Filled Cookies
Again, still cookies…
12. Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt
Finally, you know these for what they really are: sugar bombs.