Ever eaten a particular food of foods for weeks, thinking it was healthy, only to be later told that, actually, it’s one of the primary causes of your sickness? It can be pretty frustrating.
There are certain foods that we’ve been told for years are healthy and that we should eat more of because it will make us healthier, and the media backs it up.
Alarmingly, though, there are a lot of so-called healthy foods out there that are actually not so healthy at all. It’s as though we’ve been brainwashed into believing that these foods will make us live longer, even though the reality is that they can kill us off sooner.
Here are a list of 8 foods most people think are healthy but are definitely not, and improve your diet today. You never know, you might end up living longer.
Fruit Juices: The proper name for fruit juices should be liquid sugars. Seriously, that’s what they should be called, because that is essentially what they are. Many fruit juices that you find in a supermarket are deceptively termed, because there often isn’t even any fruit in there! And if there is, it’s like 1% or something. All you’re drinking is fruit-flavored sugar water. Really. Even the top quality fruit juice is still bad for you, because the good stuff has been taken out of the fruit. The only thing that’s really left is the sugar.
Margarine or butter: It’s a question many of us have wrestled with over the years, and margarine apparently won the health round. So, as soon as butter was stigmatized for being bad for us, the health freaks converted to margarine. But margarine is still packed with refined vegetable oils, and is basically a nasty collage of chemicals and these oils. If you replaced butter with margarine, you’re actually more like to develop heart disease.
Commercial Salad Dressings: We love vegetables, but the problem for many people is that veggies just don’t taste all that great on their own. To force ourselves into eating them, we have to coat them in salad dressing which add flavour, colour and a bit of spice. The problem is that the most popular commercial salad dressings are actually really bad for you. High in sugar, salt and trans fats, many salad dressings dress your salads up in cancer-causing badness.
Wheat Bread: You can add wheat to literally any carbohydrate and label it as a wheat product. If it isn’t 100% whole wheat, bread can contain enriched flour, which gives you a sugar spike and crash without any nutritional value.
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Fruit Cocktail: You may think that anything with fruit in it is healthy for you. But it’s how fruit is preserved that can make a huge difference. A cup of fruit cocktail may be around 110 calories, but has 26 grams of sugar.
Diet Soda: We’ve all heard that regular soda is one of the worst things to drink, thanks to its high-sugar content. But what about diet soda? It may be calorie-free, but it’s not healthy. Many diet sodas have artificial sweeteners that have been shown to increase the number of bad bacteria in the gut. Your body also reacts to artificial sweeteners the same way as it does to sugar.
Soy Milk: Soy milk is often touted as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk, but research has found that processed soy products—like that found in soy milk—can actually have high levels of goitrogens, a substance that can cause thyroid problems. So if you want to go dairy-free, choose unsweetened nut milks as an alternative.
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Energy drink: With so many energy drinks on the market, many of which promise to pump you up and give you a killer workout with added caffeine, vitamins, and minerals, it may be tempting to think that these drinks are healthy, but they aren’t. Similar to supplements, energy drinks aren’t regulated by the FDA, so it’s best to stick to plain water to re-hydrate and whole nutrition to energize!