Seems there’s so much emphasis especially lately on eating health foods.
And I just love it, because an emphasis on healthier eating can only result in a population that could be more disease free, more energetic, and of course, so much more healthier!
However, how in the world would we decide how to shop?
Can we really believe all those healthier claims?
How to make sure the foods we bring into our kitchens are really a better choice?
So today, we thought we would mention some of the obvious “health” foods that really may not be as worthy as their labels claim. Knowing that they’re not the best choices can help you to make better more beneficial decisions.
Here are some of the most important ones to watch out for:
● Margarine – most margarines contain the trans fats that have been so proven to hurt your heart. Buy butter (grass-fed if possible) instead which is a more natural choice.
● Protein bars – many have far too much sugar and fats than you need and are filled with chemicals and highly refined ingredients. And the calories add up without you even realizing it. Instead try some apple slices with nut butter or some crackers with cheese.
● Granola – most of them are overloaded with sugar to make them so delicious. Try instead plain yogurt with a small amount of granola on top.
● Salad dressings – all those greens and the rest of the additions are of course very healthy. However, watch out for most bottled salad dressings since they’re basically filled with unhealthy oils, trans fats, and large amounts of sugar. Instead try making your own dressings with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and some seasonings.
● Fruit juice – generally is made with a minute amount of actual fruit, but instead is filled with food coloring, water, and again, all that sugar. Whenever possible squeeze your own fruit juice, or better yet, enjoy a piece of fruit.
● “Low fat” and “fat free” – be very wary of foods with these descriptions. To make up for the change in taste, many of these foods will contain far more sugar or salt than you realize. And, removing the fat can mean the product is highly processed.
● Whole wheat products – not the same as the whole wheat our grandmothers ate. Today’s is usually highly processed, and in many cases is the same as eating white bread.
● Sports drinks – an overload of sugar, which some athletes need. However, this enormous amount of sugar is just not necessary for the average person.
● Breakfast cereals – they can sound so healthy and appetizing. But make sure they’re not saturated with sugar (most of them are) and/or other suspect ingredients such as chemicals added to keep them fresher longer.
So don’t be taken in by aisles and aisles of “health” foods found in your supermarkets.
Be wary of some of the ingredients found within these foods and look at it this way. Completely healthy foods are whole, single-ingredient foods. Their health benefits speak for them and they don’t need a list of ingredients. They are the ingredient.
And for those who think that eating healthier can be more expensive, well, think about it this way: Food is cheap, disease is expensive (and not just in terms of money)!
Remember, the above are just more baby steps to improve your health and energy. And remember, although a slow process, it works. Just keep at it every single day with all our weekly baby steps. You will reap tremendous rewards!
More baby steps to insure that you love life!!