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4 Foods You Think Are Healthy That May Not Be

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Michelle is a mission-first journalist and content producer, telling stories that will help better other’s lives. She covers environment, health, human-interest, community and travel. Michelle lives in Santa Monica, Ca.
4 Foods You Think Are Healthy That May Not Be
Chicken breast are a notoriously healthy food now found to have chemicals that are bad for your body. Photo Credit: rez-art/iStock/GettyImages

From the fat-free food boom of the '80s to the Atkins diet craze of the '90s — we've learned our fair share of history lessons on short-lived food trends. So how can we know if what we are consuming today will be good for our health 10 years from now? Take, for example, the gluten-free diet or the rise in demand for coffee.

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In a perfect world, consumers could trust food marketing at face value, nutrition labels would be easy to read and FDA dietary guidelines would be up to date with the latest research. But, alas, we have to work harder than that to determine if a specific food or food trend is healthy.

In our latest Stronger episode, LIVESTRONG.COM editors Michelle Vartan and Hillary Eaton dissect four different "healthy" foods that you may be consuming every day that could be bad for you (prepare for some buzzkill). This includes chicken breast (start listening at 05.30).

But by examining contradictory studies and recent reports, Vartan and Eaton attempt to set the record straight and offer tips on the healthiest way to consume the foods you love.

Read more: Meet the Women Who Are Changing Health and Wellness

What Do YOU Think?

Did you find any of these foods to be surprising? What are some foods that are erroneously considered healthy? What other topics would you like to see covered on the Stronger podcast?

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