Health foods to avoid sounds strange right? Most people think that foods that claim to be healthy are actually healthy and they buy them. People consider themselves pretty healthy because they eat a lot of “health” foods. Just because the package of the foods you buy contains words such as; natural, non fat, low carb, sugar free and whatever else the advertising companies will write to get your attention and make you believe it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it truly is.
Here are a few common mistakes people make when shopping for “health” foods. Have you ever made any of these choices?
- Low Fat/Non Fat Foods
You probably understand the fact that there are good and bad fats. Hopefully you also understand the importance of the good fats in order for your body to function properly, so avoiding all fats is not a good idea. Bad fats such as vegetable oils and margarine are the ones to avoid since they’re very high in saturated fats. Many low fat/non fat foods are loaded with artificial flavors and sugars to make them taste better.
Aim for the good fats such as; avocados, olive oils, nuts and seeds, coconut oil, and grass fed butter. These fats taste great and your body will love them.
- Energy/Protein Bars
Energy bars are loaded with unnecessary sugars and artificial flavors. Most energy bars out there are as bad if not worse than candy bars. Protein bars claim to be meal replacements while containing huge amounts of protein. The truth is that there’s no real substitute, plus have you ever tried these bars? Almost all of them taste awful!
Always look for all natural ingredients, no added sugars and as few ingredients as possible. Better yet, make your own energy bars that only require 2 ingredients! Try these super quick Coconut/date bites for pure and raw energy. If you’re looking to add more protein to your diet, you’re better off incorporating things like peanuts, beans and lean meats.
Farm Raised Fish
Eating fish is healthy, right? That’s what we’ve been taught for so long. But did you know that not all fish is created equal. Farm raised fish are fed genetically modified foods such as corn gluten, soy beans and chicken fat. Fish like salmon even have added color to give it the nice pink flesh.
When buying fish always look for wild caught varieties. Wild caught fish is a great source of clean protein and healthy fats. Not to mention all the other benefits such as omega 3 fatty acids, iodine and vitamin D.
- Conventional Meat and Dairy
Eating conventional meat and dairy is one of the worst things you can do to your health. Non-organic, unhealthy animals are force fed GMO foods filled with pesticides and injected with hormones and antibiotics. And those animals are fed to us! Recipe for disaster as far as your health is concerned.
Always look for organic, grass fed meat and dairy and if available get them from a trusted local source so you know how your meat is raised.
Keep in mind that companies spend a lot of money to market these foods as healthy even though they aren’t. Always check the ingredient list and make sure it’s as short, real and clean as possible. Just because something says organic on it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Avoid processed foods even if they claim to be organic. Look out for packaged foods that contain preservatives and high amounts of sodium. Foods like store-bought granola, fruit and vegetable juices, and microwaved popcorn all look and sound healthy, when in reality they’re pretty bad for you.
As I always say, eat real foods. Foods that are less affected by the human touch and more in their natural state, will always be the best choice. It can’t get any simpler than that!