Sometimes eating healthy can seem like a game you can’t win. One day something is healthy, the next day you read it causes cancer. Bummer. The following foods are all ones that a lot of people perceive as “healthy” or “healthier” than another alternative, but they’re really not.
5 “Health Foods” You Should Stop Eating
Fruit Juices – I love orange juice, and I only drink the freshest of the fresh, but, it’s not a health food. It may have a lot of Vitamin C, but it also contains a lot of concentrated sugar which taxes your pancreas and spikes your blood sugar. If you’re looking for more Vitamin C, just eat the actual fruit so you’re getting all of the fiber, too!
Gluten Free Food – Some people have no choice but to eat gluten-free due to Celiac Disease. However, gluten-free DOES NOT equal healthy. If you buy gluten free box mixes and cereals (sorry GF Cheerios, you don’t impress me), they are just as processed and nutrient poor as the gluten-full version. If you want or need to be gluten-free, I suggest going grain-free all together. This will also force you to make more things from scratch, which are usually more nutrient-dense.
Artificial Sweeteners – These drive me nuts. Marketing has done it’s job with this one for sure. People think that adding Equal, Splenda, & Sweet N’ Low to everything instead of sugar is better for you. NOT TRUE! These sugars are exponentially more addicting that sugar (read more about that here) and they have many negative side effects such as headaches, migraines, inflammation (you know how I feel about inflammation) and are very damaging to the gut (improve your gut naturally).
Table Salt – I don’t know if people consider table salt a “health food,” per say, but I know a lot of people add it to their foods without even thinking. After being processed, heated and added to, table salt has virtually none of the iodine and health benefits it started with. When adding salt to foods, use a Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt.
Farmed Fish – Fish has SO many health benefits, but you really need to make sure you’re buying WILD CAUGHT. Even when it says “fresh,” it usually says “farm-raised, color-added” in fine print. I’m not quite sure how that’s considered fresh, but these farm-raised fish also contain higher levels of toxins that outweigh the health benefits. Spend the extra money and go for the wild caught.
Other perceived “health” foods that caught my eye after a quick trip to the grocery store…
– granola bars, (full of sugar, no fiber)
– fruit snacks (nothing real about those)
– shredded cheese (extra added preservatives)
– cream-based soups (white flour, heavy cream, little to no real vegetables)
– veggie straws/chips (a glorified potato chip with lots of added color and virtually no nutrition, tricking you into think you’re eating a healthy snack).
And finally, don’t fool yourself when you make a homemade salad dressing with 1/2c sugar….it’s not healthy 😉
I hope you found this helpful! I know it’s kind of a downer when you find out something you thought was healthy really isn’t. It has happened to me probably a million times in the last 3 years. Just remember, take baby steps toward a healthier lifestyle, and you’ll experience the compound effect over time! When in doubt, the less processed the better, and if God created it, it’s probably good for you!
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