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Think granola is good for you? Nutritionists are shaking their heads. Photo: Gabriel Li / Flickr

The amount of bad nutrition info out there is incredible. Just do a quick Google Search for “how to lose weight” and you’ll be inundated with thousands of different – and often contradictory – advices.

Foods such as frozen yogurt are commonly perceived as healthy, because people associated yogurt as an ice-cream replacement. The hype is easy to believe, because yogurt are indeed more healthy than ice-cream, but most nutritionists still wouldn’t place them in the “healthy” category.

In fact, nutritionists and the public have the exact opposite opinion. According to a survey conducted by the New York Times, 66% of people think frozen yogurt are healthy, but only 32% of nutritionists believe so.

There are many more examples. The Times teamed up with Morning Consult to collect opinions on 52 different foods. Here are the seven foods where the public and nutritionists’ opinions differ the most on healthiness.

7. American cheese

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General public: 39% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 24% believe it’s healthy

American cheese is a stable of American foods. It’s commonly used to make grilled cheese or put on other foods such as hamburgers. It’s a dairy product, but don’t automatically associated it with “healthy.” One slice can set you back about 100 calories, with 81% of the calories coming from fat. Although fat isn’t necessarily bad for you, it’s easy to consume too much when they’re concentrated.

6. Orange juice


General public: 78% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 62% believe it’s healthy

Orange juice is commonly drank in the morning along with other “breakfast foods.” Although it’s made from orange, which is a very healthy fruit, the concentrated sugar that’s added into the juice can make it packed full of calories.

5. SlimFast shake


General public: 47% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 21% believe it’s healthy

SlimFast shakes are made to help you lose weight, but each 8-fluid ounce serving can set you back 200 calories. It’s suppose to keep you full with its 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving, but it also contains a ton of added sugar.

4. Granola


General public: 80% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 47% believe it’s healthy

Granola is in the same boat as SlimFast shakes. Most people don’t realize how much added sugar is in there. According to the New York Times, the the Food and Drug Administration created a new guideline to “distinguish between sugars that naturally occur in food and sugars that are added later to heighten flavors.” Clearly the FDA believes added sugar isn’t the same as natural sugar.

3. Frozen yogurt


General public: 66% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 32% believe it’s healthy

It’s definitely better than ice-cream, but then again, a lot of things are.

2. Coconut oil

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General public: 72% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 37% believe it’s healthy

With regular vegetable oil getting tons of bad rap these days, people are flocking to coconut oil. You can’t go through grocery stores without seeing them lined up on the shelf. It may not be that much better than regular vegetable oil though. According to WebMD, it’s made from “pressing the fat from the white ‘meat’ inside the giant nut.” About 84% of its calories come from saturated fat.

1. Granola bars


General public: 71% believe it’s healthy
Nutritionists: 28% believe it’s healthy

Of all the foods surveyed, the biggest disagreement between the public and nutritionists’ opinions comes from granola bars. It’s easy to grab one and shove it in your backpack or purse as a quick snack, but it has tons of added sugar. Only 28% of nutritionists think it’s healthy.