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iVillage.com: 'Healthy' Foods that Really Aren't

Health Food Imposter #8: Craisins

Dried cranberries are only masquerading as healthy food? But how could that be? “One-third of a cup contains about as much added sugar as an 8-ounce serving of regular soda,” says Michelle Dudash, a registered dietitian, chef and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families. Craisins contain at least 40 percent added sugar, says Dudash, effectively removing them from the "health food" category.

The Better Pick: Skip sweetened dried fruits and grab some plain raisins, apricots or dates instead. While these dried fruits do include naturally occurring sugar, at least you're getting 100 percent real fruit and all of their nutrients. Raisins, for example, contain almost 20 times more potassium than sweetened dried cranberries, says Dudash.

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