3 Foods You Thought Were Healthy But Aren't
By Genevieve Cunningham
When it comes time to eat a healthy diet, we rely on what others tell us far too often. If these people were doctors or dietitians, then maybe it would be OK. But more often than not, we're listening to TV commercials, fad diets, and online health coaches. Sometimes we can get good information from these places, but a lot of other times, we get false information. If you're ready to really turn your health and diet around, take a look at these foods you thought were healthy but should really stay out of your diet.
Granola bars are often full of sugar and way too many calories. They're marketed as a health food, but unless you really study the ingredients and choose wisely, they're probably not your best option. If you're serious about keeping granola bars in your life, then you may need to make your own or be extremely picky about what kind you consume. Watch for sugar, artificial flavoring, massive calories, or promises of quick health fixes. Stick to all natural ingredients and you may be able to keep these in your diet.
The key here is that milk can be healthy, but it's just not healthy for everyone. Some people seem to do fine with milk. Their bodies consume it without issue. But for others, milk is an inflammatory food. It inflames the gut, creating stomach aches and mucus along the intestinal tract. It inflames the sinuses, making your nose stuffy and your cavities runny. If you're unsure as to whether milk is good or bad for your body, give it a try. Write down any symptoms that follow consumption, both that day and the next. If a pattern emerges, you'll have a good idea as to how milk affects your body personally.
Juice is often sold to us as the healthiest alternative to soda. But it's not. It's not the healthiest alternative by a long shot. The healthiest alternative is water, plain and simple. Juice often contains too many calories and absolutely massive amounts of sugar. Consuming juice may give you a blast of energy, but it will often be followed by a crash as your blood sugar levels fall later in the day. If you really want juice in your life, make sure it doesn't contain any extra sugars, or better yet, buy a juicer and make your own. If you can, skip the juice altogether and stick with water as much as possible.
If you want to eat healthy, you have to be careful and really do your research. There are so many foods out there that are supposedly healthy, but aren't actually healthy at all. Be smart about your diet and the foods that go into your mouth. With a plan and some outside help, you can eat the healthiest diet for the healthiest body for years to come.
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