A lot of people these days are trying to eat more consciously and make better food choices. However, some of what is marketed as “healthy” food, actually isn’t that good for you at all. For example, a lot of people who try to avoid dairy think that soy milk is a better option. However, unfermented soy (edamame and soy milk) is loaded with chemicals. Soy grown in the United States was found to have high levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in weedkiller. It’s also loaded with phytoestrogens, which mimic estrogen. High levels of estrogen in the female body have been linked to breast cancer. And consuming estrogen as a male, well, will give you a more feminine appearance.
Lots of “health junkies” list the benefits of sprouts. They are extremely high in enzymes. They also have high levels of protein and fiber. However, sprouts are also a hotbed for bacteria and viruses like salmonella and E.coli. They’ve also been the cause of over 55 outbreaks of foodborne illness. It’s just better to avoid the risk altogether.
While salmon is full of omega-3s, you should only buy wild-caught salmon. Farm-raised salmon is loaded with a bunch of crap. The levels of dioxin found in farm-raised salmon was 11 times higher than wild salmon. Also, the amount of omega-3 in farm-raised salmon is rapidly on the decline. You should always go for wild-caught salmon. You can distinguish it from farm-raised by its deep orange color.
Whether you’re getting meat or poultry, you want to make sure it’s grass-fed and organic. Almost 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold to use in farm animal production each year. Also, another study found painkillers and anti-depressants like Prozac in chicken. You need a prescription for that kind of medicine, and you shouldn’t be able to buy it at your grocery store.
While a lot of people think buying skim or low-fat milk will help you keep your weight in check, it can actually have the opposite effect. A study of more than 18,000 women found that women who consumed whole milk were eight percent less likely to be overweight. That’s because low-fat milk has more added sugar, which puts people at risk for type 2 diabetes. Whole milk can also help you feel fuller for longer.
People will often opt for whole wheat bread over white, but it’s not good for you at all. "Whole wheat bread is one of the most potentially inflammatory foods in existence since the gluten used in today's wheat bread is virtually indigestible by most people," said Miami-based nutritionist Dr. Forman. "It's amazing how much better people feel when they just stop eating it."
A lot of vegetarians and vegans will turn to seitan as a meat alternative. But, it’s chock full of gluten. It also isn’t a good source of protein and has a ton of sodium. It’s better to choose tempeh, if you want a meat-replacement.
While munching on lettuce from a bag isn’t the worst thing in the world, it’s not the most nutritional. That’s especially true because many of these pre-packaged salads come with croutons and salad dressing in them. This automatically brings down any nutritional value that the greens had in the first place.
While many “healthy-lifestyle” folks believe agave is a great sugar alternative, it’s basically the same thing as high fructose corn syrup, says Dr. Forman. If you must have a touch of sweetness, it’s best to go for a dab of raw organic honey, or green stevia. But, even those sweeteners should be used sparingly.
Much like farm-raised chicken, pasteurized eggs are full of stuff you don’t need. “They have been treated with antibiotics, pasteurization and other process that make them last,” said Dr. Forman. You should go for the cage-free organic version.
People think that margarine is a good alternative to butter, but it’s loaded with trans fats, which have been linked to type 2 diabetes. You should try coconut oil or ghee, which is a type of butter that is used in Indian cuisine.
Low-fat and fat-free yogurt is usually loaded with sugar. You’re better off going with a full-fat yogurt, especially Greek yogurt. If you still want a low-fat Greek yogurt, you should try Dannon Oikos Triple Zero. It’s only got about seven grams of sugar.
You wouldn’t eat an entire bowl of pasta if you’re trying to eat healthy, right? Then you shouldn’t eat a whole plate of couscous. It’s loaded with carbs and gluten. You should use quinoa as an alternative.
Some people think that veggie chips are a good alternative to potato chips, but it’s about the same thing. They hardly have any nutritional value. By the time they’re processed, any goodness from the veggies is totally stripped away.