9 Sneaky Health-Stealers

By Lambeth Hochwald

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That "Healthy" Muffin

You may think you're making a smart breakfast choice by opting for a low-carb or low-fat muffin, but that pastry may contain more calories than you think. "When something is labeled 'low-fat' that doesn't mean it's low-calorie and, at the end of the day, it's total calories that matters most," says Michael Kaplan, M.D., medical director of the Center for Medical Weight Loss.

The fix: Ignore the low-fat and low-carb labels and look at the calorie count instead. "At Dunkin' Donuts, for example, a coffee-cake muffin contains 580 calories whereas a cruller, or donut, contains 150," Dr. Kaplan says. "In this case, the donut is the better choice. Everyone thinks muffins are healthful, but they're often loaded with fat."


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