A low-fat, ice cream-like substance covered in chocolate sauce, a million M&M's, sprinkles, and whipped cream? Sounds healthy to me. And to Americans in the '80s, '90s, and the more recent fro-yo boom of the aughts, it was!
Cola is one of the most delicious flavors ever concocted, and diet soda was invented so you could drink it absolutely guilt-free. Just like water, it doesn't have sugar or calories! Unlike water, it might cause you to gain weight, and we've already covered artificial sweeteners' bad reputation.
Low-fat, sugary yogurt
High-protein, full-fat yogurt with low sugar content is all the rage nowadays. But once upon a time, the exact opposite was true: low-fat yogurt packed with as much added sugar as a can of soda was de rigueur. All those '80s ladies working in corporate America took lunch breaks to eat a single-serving cup of yogurt that would power them through the rest of the day. Hell, the cocaine that everyone was snorting back then probably had less sugar, and therefore might've been healthier. But we don't know, we're not doctors!
Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist and eats muffins for breakfast a few times a week. Follow him to muffin recipes at: @LeeBreslouer.