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People who are trying to lose weight often associate low calorie food and drink with ‘health’. They cut out high calorie products, assuming they’re bad, without realising that some high calorie foods can be healthy and that not all low calorie ones are beneficial.

Read on to discover the low calorie items that are probably best avoided if you’re looking to maintain your overall health.

Crackers

Crackers are low in calories and can be topped with healthy additions such as low fat cream cheese, nut butters or vegetables.

However, when compared to an ounce of plain walnuts, the walnuts appear to be the better option. Although containing 185 calories (compared to the 120 calories in the crackers), the nuts provide Omega-3 fatty acids, helping to reduce hunger pangs, while the carbohydrates found in the crackers can have the opposite effect. Nuts also have a lower sodium content, which can help avoid bloating.

Low-Fat Frozen Yogurt

Considering the popularity of frozen yogurt chains, such as Pinkberry, along with the craze for it created by Hollywood celebrities, you’d be forgiven for thinking the frozen treat is the best alternative to ice cream.

What many don’t realise, though, is that its low-fat, high sugar combination leaves cravings unsatisfied, leading to higher levels of consumption.

Instead, coconut milk ice cream will fill you up with just a half-cup serving, along with containing healthy saturated fats in the form of medium chain triglycerides.

Coconut milk is also proven to lower your cholesterol and help you reach a slimmer waistline, as well as boasting the antioxidant properties found in the coconut itself.