Beware of food labels that sound healthy, but are not

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If you're trying to eat healthier, don't be fooled by tricky labels. (WPVI)

If you're trying to eat healthier, don't be fooled by tricky labels.

Registered nurse Ali Gorman says she sees this all the time. Some items are labeled "heart healthy" or "low fat." But they could be hiding some really unhealthy ingredients.

If they cut out fat, some food makers add in extra sugar and salt to keep the taste.

"Added fiber" can be another misleading label.

It may have more fiber, but also extra calories.

It's better to get fiber in the natural form - from fruit, vegetables and flaxseed.

One common food many people mistake as healthy are muffins. Even with blueberries or bran, most conventional muffins aren't good for you.

"Muffins are essentially cupcakes without frosting, so they're the same ingredients - flour, sugar, oil - except their labeled and marketed as a healthy option," said Lindsay Malone, R.D., Cleveland Clinic Dietitian.

In fact, some muffins can have more calories than a doughnut.

You can always find recipes online to make healthier versions of your favorite foods that include natural ingredients that are low in sugar, low in refined flour and low in saturated fats.

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