Did you know the main reason that people do not eat healthily? It’s because many people are confused about what is really good to eat and what is not. There was a global survey was done that showed more than 27,000 different people which totaled around 26% reported that they were highly confused about what foods were healthy to eat which lead to a major barrier to eating right. When grocery stores label food calling it healthy, are really not and their labels are highly misleading you.
There has never been a diet plan that was a ‘one size fits all’ that works for everyone. Yet there are some really healthy foods that aren’t really healthy at all and should be up for consideration when looking to change your diet to something healthier. We are highly intelligent beings and most of us are aware enough to know about avoiding processed foods that tend to be saturated with synthetic chemicals.
Normally all processed foods are pretty easy to spot, but when you get to the so-called “health” foods, that when you start running into a huge problem. Below in the article is a list of 10 so called healthy foods that you should consider avoiding.
- Gluten-Free Foods
Of course gluten-free foods sound amazing, but when packaged, the food items are normally packed with extremely high amounts of corn syrup, sugar and even alternative forms of starch. These things aren’t good for your body. In a study that was conducted, many of the “gluten-free” foods actually tested positive for gluten due to cross contamination. It may actually be safest to go with a non-processed gluten free snack.
- Supermarket Yogurt
Fresh natural yogurt can be loaded with beneficial probiotics, B vitamins, calcium, high-quality protein, and even cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid or (CLA). Sadly though this is not the case for most yogurt that is sold in stores. Instead, they are full of high amounts of artificial colors and flavors, extremely high amounts of sugars that definitely outway all of the amazing benefits of a healthy serving of yogurt.
- Fruit Juice
Were you aware that a majority of commercially bought fruit juices actually contain way too much fructose or sugar to come close to being healthy? They tend to contain different preservatives that help the juice have a longer shelf life. If you are looking for a better alternative then you may want to look at the actual fruit. Your body can break down actual fruit as compared to commercial fruit juices.
Traditionally fish has always been a great source of omega-3 fats DHA and EPA. However with water pollution levels increasing rapidly have caused most of the fish and other seafood unsafe for us to eat. Even fish from farms are nutritionally lacking in what we need.
- Veggie Chips
Do not let these companies fool you, good people. Most of the time, those yummy veggie chips are simply potatoes covered in veggie flavoring or even puree. Thes types of chips do not contain the vitamins that are found within vegetables. If you would love some of these veggie chips, then how about slicing up your favorite veggie and eat that instead?
Soy has been displayed as a healthy vegetarian alternative source of protein, but since it contains isoflavones, it can mimic the effects of estrogen, which is a female hormone. High chances of breast cancer have been linked to excessive consumption of soy products. With that being said, you may want to also stay way clear of GMO soy.
Did you know that store-bought agave isn’t really agave when you break it down? It is nothing more than a laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup, which is completely devoid of all its nutrient value. Do not let yourself be fooled by these types of products. Depending on how the agave is processed, it could contain anywhere from 55% all the way up to 90% fructose. Normally high-fructose corn syrup is about 55% fructose, so even in the best case scenario, agave syrup offers absolutely no advantages.
- Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter
Even that much-loved ingredient peanut butter can contain a whole mess of additives that aren’t good for your body at all. If you are looking to be healthier and go with a reduced fat peanut butter, then you looking at something that has been stripped of all its good fats that are normally found in nuts.
Couscous may look and sound healthy, but it’s really just a smaller form of pasta. If you enjoy this delicious food item, you should really try out the whole grain versions of couscous or even quinoa instead.
- Banana Chips
Banana chips, when fried, are completely drained of almost all of their nutrients. Some of the nutrients include vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. As little as an ounce of banana chips contain 150 calories while a medium sized banana only contains 105. Plus regular bananas are much easier to chew than their deep fried counterparts.