Before reading this understand there is good, better, and best food categories…these foods are in the just good category.
Here are the 7 foods that we thought were healthy but are not:
I am so sorry to be the one and burst the bubble, but cereal is deceiving to many people. While there are several types of cereals and nutritional values for each, the majority of them a fairly high in sugars and sodium. Some even contain partially hydrogenated oils as well!
2) Canned Foods
While this may be a surprise to many, canned foods are deceptive and should be avoided if possible. The reason for this is because in order to preserve the quality and taste of the food item, they are loaded with sodium, sugars, trans fats and saturated fats.
3) Processed Foods
Foods that are processed (like boxed meals) tend to contain bad fats (saturated fats) and contain little nutritional value. It is best to stay away from these foods as there are alternative choices that can be used. A great alternative to processed food is to purchase anything that is all natural if possible. They tend to be lower in sodium and saturated fats.
4) Pasteurized Milk
Pasteurized milk should be avoided due to its harmful effects it has on the body. When milk is pasteurized, it tends to destroy the milk’s natural enzymes such as lactose and its protein. What this means is the body will have a harder time digesting the milk and that it will be harder to digest ingredients such as calcium.
5) Fruit Juices and Sodas
Although fruit juices may taste great and help quench your thirst, they are indeed full of high fructose corn syrup. This ingredient is also used as a sweetener and is practically half fructose and half glucose. Unfortunately, it wreaks havoc with your insulin levels as it hits your bloodstream very quickly. As a result, the high insulin coupled with the high concentration of simple carbs in the blood leads to fat storage.
6) Frozen Meals
Anytime you go to the grocery store and head towards the frozen food section aisle, you will find a few common denominators. They are all high in sodium and fats. The reason for this is to make sure the quality and taste of the food do not diminish. Sodium and trans fatty acids help to preserve the food and should be instead substituted for an all natural source of the same food.
While I recommend eating bread as a part of adding variety to your diet, consuming it in excess can be dangerous! In addition, some bread is high in corn syrup and trans fatty acids. Thus, if you choose to eat some bread, make sure that they are all natural and limit your consumption to 2-3 slices at a time.