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Unhealthy Foods Claiming to be Healthy

There are so many unhealthy foods claiming to be healthy.  The food industry wants to make money and they know that we are all striving to be healthier.  Wholesome ingredients simply cost more for them to produce so there’s a lot of added fillers and false advertising.  Hence, over the years, many of us believe that certain foods are healthy when they are not.  See if you consume any of these.  The list is far more extensive, but let’s start with a few.

Pre-made Smoothie Claims to be Healthy

Jamba Juice, Naked Juice, acai bowls, etc. all tout itself as a healthy option but it’s not.  They are all full of sugar with too much fruit, added sugars and syrups, etc.  Some of these can be up to 1,000 calories.  Yikes!!  It’s best to make your own and add far more vegetables.

Bars, Yet another Unhealthy Food

Most nutrition bars are unhealthy foods claiming to be healthy.  Many of them have as much sugar and fats as a candy bar!  Don’t be fooled.  Read your labels and ingredients.  The ingredients are full of soy protein isolates, fillers, sugars, and more.  Don’t replace a delicious, enjoyable meal with a convenient, unsatisfying bar.

Diet Soda is absolutely Unhealthy

Studies show that aspartame increases our appetite and leads to weight gain…the very reason why many of us drink diet beverages in the first place.  This just leads to obesity, increased cravings, and heightened appetite.

Popcorn is Healthy?

Air popped popcorn can be a high fiber, light snack but microwave popcorn is extremely toxic.  The bag contains PFCs which is a long lasting toxin that remains in your body potentially causing liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression, cancer, autoimmune disease, etc.

Fruit Juice is Unhealthy Food Claiming to be Healthy

So many people have orange juice for breakfast or get fresh squeezed juice as a healthy option, but it’s no better than soda.  Even 100% juice spikes up our blood sugar and is void of fiber, edible seeds, membranes, skin, etc.  In addition, when we drink our food, we lack the self-regulation that tells our body we are full.  Therefore, we eat/drink more than what is necessary for our body.

This is also true of sports drinks.  Just look at it.  Eek!!  Too much sugar and salt; you can get your electrolytes in other ways.  Furthermore, it’s quite difficult to find 100% fruit juice.  Many juices in mainstream supermarkets are full of added ingredients.

Soy Protein

Whole soy food such as tofu, tempeh, and edamame are great for you, but soy protein isolate isn’t.  Soy protein isolate is in so many processed foods and high levels of soy consumption blocks your body’s ability to absorb minerals causing a mineral deficiency.  As always, return to eating whole foods in its natural form.

Support is Key to Success

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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition Coach & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA