In today’s increasingly health-conscious world, we have tons of new options for good alternatives to bad foods. But what if a lot of these weren’t actually as healthy as we’re lead to believe?
Unfortunately, clever marketing has us fooled into believing a lot of damaging food options are good for us. It’s important that you know what’s really healthy and what’s all a ruse.
Here’s How Nutritionists Explain 9 “Healthy” Foods To Avoid
1. Fruit Juices And Smoothies
Many people think that if fruit is healthy, smoothies and juices made from them should be just as healthy. But this isn’t the case. Supermarket juices are largely filled with a mix of chemicals that are artificially flavored and colored to taste and appear more appetizing. Worse still, they’re stuffed with sugar.
You can opt for 100% pure, freshly squeezed fruit juice instead – but it’s still not your best bet.
Fruit juice is basically fruit without fiber and a lot of the nutrients, which leaves only one thing behind – sugar.
Yes, it’s healthier sugar than the white, refined varieties, but it’s sugar nonetheless.
You should just eat the fruit directly.
The same goes for those green smoothies and juices touted by health nuts.
In fact, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ilyse Schapiro gives them to clients who need to put on weight, not lose weight. This is because your body starts getting ready to digest foods when it’s chewing.
Drinking does not start this process.
Let’s put it this way – any type of fruit juice likely has as much sugar as a drink you consider to be unhealthy, so it’s definitely a “healthy” food to avoid. Your best bet is to drink unsweetened tea, seltzer, or, better yet, just water.
2. Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Or Low-Carb Junk Food
Many people equate veganism with health. If a certain food is vegan, it’s probably good for you, right? After all, everything comes from a plant. Wrong! Just because something starts out as a plant, doesn’t mean it doesn’t end up bad for you – take potato chips, for example.
The same goes for low-carb snacks, such as the ever-famous Atkins bar. Take a look at the list of ingredients on the back and see if there’s any real food in there. It’s all artificial, and there’s nothing there that gives your body the nourishment it needs.
Then, there’s gluten-free food. Sure, eating less gluten can have positive results for many people. But junk food of this type is still made using refined forms of starch that have the same bad effect on glucose in the blood.
Unfortunately, the fact is that all processed food remains just that: processed food. They’re stuffed with bad chemical products that add no health benefits. Essentially, they’re just as bad as any high-carb, non-vegan junk food out there. Tacking on the word “gluten-free” doesn’t make junk food less junk-filled.
3. Seed And Vegetable Oils
Regular cooking oil has been pushed aside due to the fact that it is bad for the cholesterol, and this is a smart decision. But a lot of people have then redirected their attention to vegetable, fruit, and seed oils, such as:
Why are we so accepting of these types of oils? Well, studies have shown that they have positive effects on cholesterol, lowering their levels in the blood. With that being said, this only occurs on a short-term basis.