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What So Called “Healthy Foods” Should You Not Eat?

Do you know that some so called ”healthy foods” are not actually healthy? Common household health foods such as milk, cereal, processed cheese, wheat bread and even fruit juice can actually harm your body! In this healthy foods article, we will discuss some common myths about deceptive foods and gives you some wholesome alternatives to them:

1. Pasteurized Milk

Milk has been touted as a healthy food for a long time, and most people assume that it is good for you no matter what kind it is. The bad news about pasteurized milk is that pasteurization destroys active enzymes and denatures the fragile proteins in milk. It also kills beneficial bacteria and lowers the vitamin content of your milk. Want to know about a better alternative? Look for raw milk the next time you shop for groceries. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. Why raw milk?

Drink Raw Milk

Supporters of raw milk say the pasteurization process kills most, if not all, micromilk organisms, including the beneficial ones that aid in digestion and metabolization. They also promote good health by crowding out bad bacteria and help prevent yeast overgrowth in the intestinal tract.

2. Soda and Fruit Juice

Fruit juice may taste delicious however it is often loaded with high-fructose corn syrup! High fructose corn syrup has been linked to increased cholesterol levels, blood clots, and impaired immunity. Sodas are no better as we all are well aware.

Fructose reduces the affinity of insulin for its receptor, which is the hallmark of type-2 diabetes. A better alternative to fruit juice would be the easy to mix Vita Verde powder. 1 scoop  of Vita Verde contains over 50 Vegetables Fruits and Plant Extracts!

3. Whole Grains

Many foods from bread, wraps. pasta to breakfast cereals advertise that they are now made with whole grains. Conventional whole grains lack vitamins and minerals, can be difficult to digest, and often cause allergenic responses, contributing to autoimmune disorders like Celiac disease. A better alternative? Grain-like seeds millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth are gluten free and are full of vitamins and minerals.

4. Cereal

A bowl of cereal seems like a convenient and healthy morning meal, but combined with pasteurized milk (which we mentioned earlier), it can be a bowl full of nutritionally damaging food. Cereal itself undergoes a process called extrusion that denatures its proteins (making them toxic) and destroys the grains’ naturally occurring fatty acids. The result is a nutritionally void carrier for sugar and sodium. For more on cereal and healthy alternatives, read: The Four Major Health Risks of Conventional Grains and the Healthy Weight-Optimizing Grains to Choose Instead. A better alternative? Make your morning meal green! Try Vitality SuperGreen or a Good Morning Greens Smoothie to start your day off right.

5. Processed Cheese

Processed cheese, especially the individually wrapped slices, have little nutritional value. These individual slices of cheese often contain fillers and preservatives. A better alternative if must eat cheese would be to look for an all natural kind sliced from the deli.

6. Protein Bars

Protein bars now compete with candy bars in grocery aisles, but many of these protein bars are disguised candy bars.  Make sure to check the nutritional content and stay away from the ones that are high in saturated fat.

Stay away from the “candy varieties” like chocolate covered caramel, brownie, etc. Definitely avoid the “Big 100″ bars they may taste great and contain protein but they are not a healthy choice. A better alternative? Look for an all natural protein bar with fewer ingredients.

Soaked almonds and other nuts are also delicious snacks for those on the go!

7. Energy Drinks

Energy drink labels say they contain various herbs, minerals and the amino acid taurine, specially designed to boost your energy by the time you reach the bottom of the can. But if you look at the ingredients, you’ll find that the main ingredients in most energy drinks are actually caffeine and sugar making them hardly more than high-priced soft drinks. A better alternative? Drink healthier fluids like water or tea, and if you must have a jolt of energy, a good old-fashioned cup of black coffee will at least spare you the sugar.

 

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