A lot of people I meet these days are quick to bring up their healthy lifestyle. And I am all for living healthy. But when I delve a bit deeper into their lifestyle, I mostly find them consuming foods they absolutely should not. These people are not to blame. In today’s world, sugar-free, all-natural and organic have become very fluid words which is enough to confuse most people. I recently caught a documentary on this exact subject on my Frontier Internet Plans and cable TV that was highly informative. Based on that documentary, here are 6 ‘health’ foods you must avoid:
- Fruit Juice
This might seem counter-intuitive. After all, what can be healthier than fresh fruit juice? The fact is that fruit juices are almost as bad as sodas. When you sit down to drink a glass of orange juice you are consuming the juice of around 3 to 4 oranges. This is basically a fructose bomb that is going to go off in your body. Fructose concentration in an average fruit juice is slightly more than 45g per liter. In soda, fructose concentration is generally 50g per liter. All this fructose is mostly processed in the liver and turned into fat which will throw off your fitness goals.
- Farmed Fish
Farmed fish, especially salmon is among the top unhealthiest foods you can eat. Also known as Atlantic salmon, they contain less than half the Omega-3 they used to. At the same time, farmed salmon have shown higher levels of environmental pollutants than in the wild. These toxins can cause cancer, organ damage and immune system malfunction. Furthermore, they increase the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as metabolic syndrome. Genetically engineered salmon have also been approved by the FDA and will be sold without any label pointing towards GMO. Farmed fish are also treated with dangerous pesticides that are harmful to the consumer as well as the surrounding environment. A better option is to eat wild-caught Alaskan salmon or other wild fish that escape the GMO feeds and chemicals.
- White Table Salt
While you can find this in every restaurant and home, white table salt is right up there with unhealthy foods. Mined rock salt is refined and has all the organic minerals stripped away. After that the processes of synthetically adding iodine and bleaching occur. The entire chemical process is enough for anyone to quit salt. But there are healthier alternatives like Himalayan salt that are actually salt in its original form.
- Fat-Free Milk
There’s a common misconception that full-fat dairy causes obesity. Researchers studied 18000 women and found that those consuming full-fat dairy are actually 8% less likely to be overweight. Additionally fat-free or low-fat dairy products are loaded with sugar, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. There is also the issue of increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Organic milk is a much healthier alternative because of its balanced fatty acid content. Dairy products made from organic milk can be found easily in most stores. Raw milk is another healthy option. Pasteurized milk loses most of its nutritional value through the heating process including enzymes needed to digest lactose. Raw milk from grass-fed cows has its nutrients intact and is much healthier than fat-free or low-fat milk.
- Canned Green Beans
Canned green beans have a notorious reputation because of the pesticides used in the growing process. In fact experts say just 1 helping of U.S. grown green beans places a person at a high risk of toxicity. This crop also contains synthetic estrogen that can lead to hormonal imbalances, infertility, prostate and breast cancer as well as PCO syndrome. A much better option is to choose frozen or fresh green beans instead of canned ones.
- Non-organic Strawberries
I always stress on the importance of choosing organic strawberries over non-organic ones. Tests carried out by the Department of Agriculture in 2014 showed traces of various pesticides even after washing. In fact, most non-organic strawberry fields are treated with chemicals that were originally developed for warfare! This is one food you do not want to feed your family. Opt instead for home-grown or buy from a farmers’ market in bulk, preserving them for use all year.
You should be very careful, especially in today’s world, about the foods you are ingesting. Long term use of foods like the ones mentioned above can lead to a host of health issues. Luckily there are food channels out there that cover food and nutrition in detail. Look into Mediacom Internet Prices or other service providers to find out which deal has a selection of health and nutrition channels. You may end up learning something that profoundly changes your approach to health.