4. Pseudo health products

<a href="http://billshrink.com" target="new">Billshrink.com</a> warns that Americans should avoid getting trapped by fad health foods, such as protein bars that are presented as low fat or all natural even though they can end up just as unhealthy as candy bars while costing up to five times as much. Nearly half of all U.S. adults use a form of dietary supplement and spend a whopping $23 billion a year.<br>
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<b>Billshrink's solution:</b> Instead of a $4 protein bar, make a snack to take to work. Bring cut veggies and low fat cheese, or cut apples and Greek yogurt -- that way you know exactly what you’re getting.
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Billshrink.com warns that Americans should avoid getting trapped by fad health foods, such as protein bars that are presented as low fat or all natural even though they can end up just as unhealthy as candy bars while costing up to five times as much. Nearly half of all U.S. adults use a form of dietary supplement and spend a whopping $23 billion a year.

Billshrink's solution: Instead of a $4 protein bar, make a snack to take to work. Bring cut veggies and low fat cheese, or cut apples and Greek yogurt -- that way you know exactly what you’re getting.

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