12 Awful Ingredients Everyone Still Uses—But Shouldn’t!


9. Certain Yogurts

Flavored yogurt

Reduced-fat or low-fat flavored yogurts aren’t necessarily low in sugar, too. In fact, many diet flavored yogurts use sugar to compensate for the lack of fat. “Did you know that one container of flavored yogurt can have more sugar than a candy bar? It’s true!” says Cassie Bjork, RD, LD. “When you remove the fat from a naturally fatty food like yogurt, you have to make up for the taste by adding sugar—or worse, artificial sweeteners.” Plus, isn’t your fruit smoothie sweet enough without added sugar from a reduced-fat or low-fat flavored yogurt?


10. Pancake Syrup

Pancake syrup

Made with a combination of corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and caramel coloring, pancake syrup is far from what comes from the actual maple tree. Instead go for 100 percent maple syrup, which is a good source of magnesium, potassium, and calcium.