In a world full of advice you need to be careful and make sure the source is reliable. Here are 8 foods that somewhere along the way someone told you were healthy but you should think twice about eating them.
8 Not So Healthy Foods
1.) Agave Syrup
So many vegans and raw foodies thought this was the best way to get that sweetness you crave. Agave is a super sweet liquid that is often touted as the “healthy” or “low glycemic” alternative to sugar. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, it’s hardly any better than high fructose corn syrup. It’s highly processed, and super high in fructose. Try these delicious alternatives when that sweet tooth kicks in: Raw honey, maple syrup, dates, stevia, coconut sugar, molasses.
Tofu and soy milk are viewed as a healthy substitute for meat and dairy. Organic fermented soy products are okay in a small amount. Most soy products are processed. Another issue with the soybean is approximately 90% of the crop is genetically modified. The genetic mutations can lead to digestive stress, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, infertility, birth defects, immune system dysfunction, heart disease and cancer.
3.) Farm raised Fish
There are two main ways fish are raised- wild or farmed. When farmed fish are raised they are placed in confined spaces and forces to survive in atrocious conditions. The fish are not able to grow and develop the way that wild fish are. The fish raised in a farm are also given large amounts of antibiotics and chemicals to keep them healthy in such close quarters.
4.) Fruit Juices
SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR! When fruit is turned into juice it has been stripped of it’s fiber which means as soon as the juice hits your mouth it is converted to sugar immediately. Most people now a days are “juicing” to do it healthfully you need to add vegetables to your homemade juice.
5.) Subway Sandwiches
Subway markets a healthy sandwich option that is full of processed meat, condiments full of sugar and preservatives, cookie add-ons and soft drinks.
6.) Olive Oil
Olive oil is healthy when used at room temperature. When high heats are introduced it becomes rancid and turns into a carcinogen. Coconut oil, grape seed oil, or safflower oil is best to cook with.
7.) Liquid Aminos
A favorite among the health community, this is an alternative to salt. However this is an unfermented soy product. Try using a small amount of Himalayan Sea Salt to your dishes.
The idea behind dairy is it is the primary source of calcium- broccoli has more calcium than a glass of milk. Pasteurized dairy is full of antibiotics, usually comes from cattle that are unhealthy, and is full of pus cells. Yes, gross, pus! The USDA reports the average pus content in milk is 316 million pus cells.
The Bottom Line
Eating healthy is important to your overall health and well being. It is often looked at as the first step to improving your health. It has a large effect on your systemic inflammatory process which may lead to chronic lower back pains, joint pains, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, etc. At Nuzzi Chiropractic we are able to help alleviate those pains along with proper nutritional support from your physician or lifestyle coach.
What healthy foods do you eat? What positive changes have you experienced since eating healthier? We would love to know by sharing your comments below!