Popular Health foods that are not so healthy
Many food companies have stretched the definition of “healthy” on the labels of their products. In part they are doing it to fulfill popular marketing trends (remember the low-fat craze) but also to increase sales, they trick the public with ingredients that seem good but might not be truly beneficial for consumption.
In the vast field of health and nutrition, along with the conflicting dietary information available today, it can be confusing as to what is true and what is not about food. It can overwhelm to the point where you give up your pursuit of “better health” and go back to old eating habits that didn’t work in the first place. This onslaught of misinformation, will probably send you into vicious cycles in which you try foods that help you improve slightly, but ultimately you keep experiencing the same symptoms.
An example of this false food fact is “Canola Oil,” (originally called rapeseed) which has been touted as a healthy oil. It is low in saturated fat levels, however, the hydrogenated processing required actually makes it a trans-fat, which is not healthy.
Reasons you should NOT consume canola oil:
- Over 90% of all canola is genetically modified.
- Hexane, a highly toxic petroleum based product used to extract the oil from the seed.
- Contains elevated levels of Erucic Acid. (can have toxic effects on the heart)
- Is “partially hydrogenated” to render it stable, which converts it to a “trans fat.”
- Primarily an industrial lubricant for oiling machinery.
- Used in textile, furniture and printing industry
- Used in insecticides lipsticks, candles and household products
- Fed to commercial raised cattle.
Read more about it: Is Canola Oil Good or Bad
Unhealthy Health Foods
Here are other so called “health products” that the food and drug companies claim to be good for you, but are not even close. In fact, plenty of nutritional research shows that they are instead highly toxic and cause many of the modern day health issues we encounter today.
- Soy and soy isolate products like soybean oil, soy meat, soy sauces, tofu, soy milk, soy cheese
- Vegetable oils like maize, corn, peanut, sunflower, safflower, and cottonseed
- Processed grains like cereals, breads, pizzas, pastas, cookies, cakes and crackers
- Most cured meats due to nitrates and synthetic additives
- Pasteurized products like dairy,(especially low fat) veg juices, soda drinks
- Irradiated foods like herbs, certain fruits, red meats, poultry, shellfish
- Canned and other ready-made meals
Yes, these food practices could be debated and counter claims can be made. However, in my view, any food that has gone through a processing practice that denatures and damages the molecular structure, as well as the nutritional content, has compromised the general quality, no matter what way it could be justified.
Food Related Health Issues
You can’t expect to become a nutritional expert over night, but you can become educated, learn from those that are better informed. Read more labels, find stores that carry a variety of organic and unprocessed food and recognize when your body is telling you it isn’t feeling well after you eat.
Consuming over processed and denatured foods can lead to:
* Chronic fatigue, Addison’s disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia
* Digestive disorders, like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) crohn’s disease, colitis,
* Reproductive problems, endocrine, (hormonal regulations)
* Hypo and hyperthyroidism like graves and hashimoto’s disease
* Hyperglycemia, diabetes, heart arrhythmia/disease
* Behavioral disorders, ADHD, ADD, bipolar, depression
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