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Ditch These "Healthy" Habits For Your Health!

By Sara Butler

The way you're supposed to eat in order to be healthy seems to be changing all the time. Foods that are good for you one day are thought to be terrible for you the next. All this information can be confusing and difficult to keep track of. But if you're wondering what food trends don't actually help you become any healthier, then here are a few you need to forget about.

Avoiding Dairy

Unless you have a reason to avoid dairy, such as an intolerance or allergy, then it's OK for you to drink milk -- even if you're not a kid anymore. The truth is that milk and the products produced with it are very beneficial to your health. It has protein and calcium and may even help you to lower your blood pressure and control your appetite, further reducing your risk of developing a chronic disease.

Forgetting the Fat

Remember when you were told that fat was the enemy? Well, that's pretty much been proven false. Of course, it matters what kinds of fats you eat; saturated fats are still not seen as totally healthy, but mono-unsaturated fasts found in plant-based foods are good for you. These fats can help to improve your cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and promote a lower body weight. Add that to the fact that any kind of reduced fat item is likely full of additives such as sugar, and there's no reason not to stick with the healthy fats you find in dairy, fish, almonds, avocados, and other foods.

Indulging in Highly Processed Healthy Foods

Do you normally reach for the light salad dressing or other "light" options? Well, those may not be doing your health any favors. Even foods seen as healthy because they have reduced calories or fat are not as good for you as you may think. Light salad dressings, for example, are often loaded with added sugar to replace the fat and make it tastier. There's evidence to suggest that added sugars in the diet may be worse for you than added fat, so stay away from any food that's highly processed. It doesn't matter if it's "healthy" or not. The more processed a food is, the faster you should run from it.

If you have questions about your healthy habits, or need some tips, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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