Organic does not always mean healthy.
Foods can still be loaded with sugar and refined grains, while still being labeled organic.
Don’t fall into the organic junk food trap!
Here I will give you some examples of organic packaged foods that are still junk food.
Top 10 Organic Junk Foods
Immaculate Baking Company Organic Cookie Dough
Don’t get me wrong—I love this company because they are one of the only trans fat free cookie dough and baking dough companies out there. However, at the end of the day, it is still cookie dough. Healthier than store Tollhouse cookie dough, but it is still a dessert.
Nature’s Path Organic Toaster Pastries
The ingredients are improved, but it is still a sugary pop tart. 1 pastry is 19 grams of sugar and 210 calories.
Unless you are juicing your own organic fruits and vegetables, then organic juices are not the best idea. You are still consuming a concentrated sugar source without the fiber and added benefits from the whole fruit.
Organic Kettle Potato Chips
Don’t be fooled by this one. Organic chips are nearly identical to regular potato chips. They can still become a high calorie, high fat snack food quickly.
Organic Lollipops and Jelly Beans
This one is pretty funny. They are still full of sugar, but sweetened with cane juice, rice syrup, and other syrups. I will say the positive aspect is that the organic candies do not have artificial dyes or chemicals.
Health Valley Organic Cereal Bars
These are not your typical “junk food”, but don’t be fooled by thinking these would be a healthy breakfast. One bar contains 16 grams of sugar in a small 1.3 oz. bar. The first ingredient is cane juice.
Organic Breyer’s Ice Cream
Nearly identical to regular Breyer’s ice cream. One serving (1/2 cup) of chocolate organic Breyer’s contains 140 calories, 7 grams fat, and 16 grams sugar.
Blue Sky Organic Soda
The positive is that they use no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. But, the sugar content is extremely high still—43 grams for the root beer.
Organic Cheese Puffs
I had to put this one on the list because it is my guilty pleasure! And it happens that the cheese puffs are not that bad because they are puffed with air, so it can be easier to stick to a smaller serving. However, they still contain some refined grains 6 grams of fat and 60mg of sodium per 1 cup serving.
Amy’s Organic Pizza
Even though it is organic, you will still be consuming a lot of cheese and bread. The key with the pizza is to be mindful of your portion size and not overeat because you think it is healthier. This Amy’s Organics plain cheese variety still has 17g fat, 49g carbs, and 720mg sodium per 6.2oz serving.
Do you feel better about eating organic “junk foods”?