If the label reads healthy then it’s okay to eat, right? If only that were true! You might be surprised to discover the following health foods you should never eat.
It’s a sad but true fact – not everything which says healthy on the label actually is healthy for you.
How Can These “Health Foods” Not Be Healthy?
Under the current FDA approval guides, in order for any food to be labeled healthy, it simply needs to contain less fat, sodium, and cholesterol than the FDA limits. Of course, it also needs to have at least 10% of your daily allowance for vitamins, fibers, and several other nutrients.
This is a fairly broad definition!
However, it’s worse than that! The FDA guidelines were created in 1994 and rely on science which is several decades old.
Under these guidelines, cereals and juice drinks which are full of sugar can be classed as healthy. In fact, salmon, avocado, and olive oil are not healthy according to the FDA guidelines but modern research shows they are good for you!
The Health Foods You Should Never Eat
I did some research on food that is usually perceived as health and here’s what I’ve found out.
You’ve probably opted for this before to avoid flooding your body with sugar. The problem is that diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame.
There is a large amount of research that shows artificial sweeteners encourage weight gain, bowel disease, metabolic issues and even cancer.
Tomatoes are controversial; there is already a huge debate over whether they are a fruit or a vegetable.
But you’d be forgiven for assuming they are healthy.
Unfortunately, tins are lined with resin that contains Bisphenol-A (BPA). If you’ve read my post on bottled water then you’ll have already discovered some of the facts concerning BPA and its negative effects on your health.
The original form of soy was fermented. This is a healthy substance. Unfortunately, the majority of soy produced today is genetically modified.
Take a look at my article on ‘why you should avoid soy’ to find out why this apparently healthy food is actually bad for your health.
Fish has developed a reputation as a healthy food because it is high in omega 3. This is essential for joint health and maintaining healthy brain activity.
Unfortunately while salmon is a health-boosting food, farmed salmon is not. Recent studies have shown that farmed salmon has less omega 3 than it had just 5 years ago.
The drop in quality and benefit of salmon is partially linked with the level of nutrients available in farm feeds.
But that’s not all! Research has actually shown the following issues with farmed salmon:
- High levels of dioxin which is linked with an increased risk of cancer, organ damage and even problems with your immune system.
- Metabolic issues, increased risk of type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
The risks apply to all farmed fish. It doesn’t change the fact that fish is healthy, but you must choose the wild caught ones.
Low-Fat Dairy Products
Being low in fat does not make a food healthy! But what it does do is make you feel it is okay to eat more than you usually would.
This can be a serious issue if you’re looking to lose weight.
Unfortunately, the issue is compounded by the fact that removing fat reduces the flavor. To compensate for this sugar is usually added. Consuming more sugar than needed will cause blood sugar spikes which can lead to insulin resistance and weight gain.
This is definitely not healthy.
This is commonly thought of as a health food. But the fact is that one serving will contain approximately 600 calories and will be full of sugars, especially if it’s store- bought.
This is not how you want to be starting your day!
In fact, there is approximately the same amount of calories in two turkey and cheese sandwiches! However, if you prefer breakfast that’s higher in calories but you want to avoid added sugar, you can try my homemade go-to recipe.
Smoothies are good for you, providing they are made with fruit at home. However, even in homemade smoothies, you should use coconut or almond milk instead of too much fruit juice.
This will prevent a sugar rush.
Store smoothies are a different story. Take a look at the ingredients and you’ll realize that they have very little fruit juice in them but do contain a large amount of sugar.
This will virtually guarantee that you put on weight and increase your chance of type 2 diabetes.
The Bottom Line
So, this was my list of health foods you should never eat. This is not the definitive list but it’s a great starting point.
The fact is, there are many foods that either state that we consider to be “healthy”.
But unfortunately, many of them are not as healthy as they appear. Make sure you do your own research and check the ingredients label on food products before you buy or consume them.