It’s easy to get caught up with hearing the words “healthy”, organic and gluten-free, and believing you are eating in the best way for your body. These labels don’t take into account the additives and processes which can negate the good in foods. Read on for the truth about eight types of foods which aren’t as healthy as you might think.
Not all fats are bad. Aim to avoid trans fats wherever possible, but our bodies need specific, healthy fats to function properly. In fact, eating healthy fats can even help to lower cholesterol levels. Avocado is an amazing source of mono-saturated fats. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish like wild-caught Atlantic Salmon.
Following on from what we just learned about our bodies needing certain fats for healthy functionality, we find low-fat milk is not better than whole milk. Low-fat milk contains less saturated and mono-saturated fats than whole milk. Our bodies need these fats to maintain metabolism and help you feel full. Additionally, low-fat milk lacks the vitamins contained in whole milk.
Eating gluten-free pre-packaged foods doesn’t mean you avoid all the processed ingredients that are found in non-gluten-free foods. Sugars, flavors, and preservatives are often present in processed gluten-free products. Think about eating whole foods than just following that gluten-free label.
Like gluten-free pre-packaged foods, non-dairy can also contain processed ingredients that aren’t healthy. Dairy-free ice cream can contain processed soy which is unhealthy when consumed in large quantities. Almond milk is often used as a substitute for whole milk,\ but is often disappointingly low on almonds and high in sugar.
Organic pre-packaged foods
Organic pre-packaged products are often very processed, which means unhealthy additives. Look past the organic label and continue to check the other ingredients in the product to ensure you are still getting a healthy organic product.
Health bars are not all they seem. They often contain an abundance of sugar, artificial sweeteners and trans fats. So, while you get the benefits of the protein the bars contain, you get the negative effects of the additives.
Fruit juice is packed with sugar, which outweighs any nutritional benefits of the vitamins they also contain. Even juices which claim to be all natural can contain high-fructose corn syrup. The best option is to freshly squeeze juice. Try to use greens, rather than all citrus fruits for the most nutritious juice.
Despite the buzz, agave nectar is not a great sugar alternative. The healthy compounds found in the natural agave plant are destroyed by the processes which turn it into the syrup or nectar. The result is a highly refined sweetener. Raw honey and liquid stevia are excellent natural alternatives.
Keep in mind that pre-packaged foods are likely to contain additives, so look for more whole, natural alternatives for the best nutrition, and remember, some fats are your friends!