5 Healthy Foods That Are Not Good For You

The Western diet can be confusing. Some of the foods are obvious junk. But another problem is the growing number of so-called healthy foods that are not good for you.


Here are 5 “healthy” foods that you might want to avoid:


1. Fruit Juice


The harmful effects of sweetened soda have been widely published, but you may not realize that fruit juice is damaging as well. When fruit is processed into juice you get concentrated sugar without the natural fiber and other nutrients.


In 2019, a study found that the consumption of sugary beverages, including 100% fruit juices, is associated with all-cause mortality.


2. Protein bars


Have you ever wondered whether protein bars are healthy foods or just expensive candy bars?


Take a look at the nutrition facts. If you see a long list of ingredients that is generally not a good sign and indicates that the food is highly processed. Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight. Avoid products with “added sugars” listed in the first 3-5 ingredients to reduce the odds of sugar crashes, weight gain, and inflammation.


If you want the convenience of a packaged food without the junk, look for those with just a few simple ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts.


3. Foods labeled “vegan” or “plant-based”


Many of these products look and taste too good to be true. The problem is that vegan or plant-based food doesn’t necessarily contain any plants. The only thing you know is that the producer did not use meat, dairy or eggs.


Processed food is high in sugar, fat, salt, and processed grains that are associated with heart disease, insulin resistance and weight gain. The secret is to avoid buying seemingly “healthy” foods that are not good for you.


4. Commercial Salad dressing


Salad dressings look innocent, but large amounts of sodium, oil and sugar promote chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.


Nevertheless, you can still enjoy salad by creating homemade salad dressings with ingredients such as vinegar, dijon mustard, lime juice, herbs and spices.


5. Gluten-free products


The label gluten-free is a red flag for highly processed grains and other fillers. You’ll find these in the middle of the grocery store. Many of these items provide very little in the way of nutritional value although they are sold at a premium price.


When deciding what to eat, primarily look for whole foods. Think twice when food is labeled vegan, natural, or plant-based because real fruits and vegetables don’t need a label.

By |2019-12-10T20:39:03-06:00December 11th, 2019|Eat delicious food, Lose weight|0 Comments

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About the Author:

Dr. Carla Hightower, MD, MBA is a certified integrative health coach, speaker, and corporate wellness consultant. She helps busy people develop healthier lifestyle habits and use plant-based nutrition so they can heal themselves. She provides educational information through her health coaching services and an online course on diabetes. In addition she is an engaging speaker on the subject of plant-based food and healthy lifestyle habits that improve health, energy and productivity. In her prior career she practiced anesthesiology for 21 years. In the midst of that career she overcame personal health challenges by adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Also, she observed that most of her patients were suffering from preventable complications of chronic lifestyle diseases. From those experiences she is motivated to teach people how to take full control of their health through better eating and lifestyle habits.

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