Dec 28, 2012

Top 5 health foods to ditch for 2013~

So here's a list right before New year's for those of you who plan on making wonderful changes to your diet. Here's a list of 5 foods that, over the past year, I have tried, but after being informed on many occasions and doing research on the pros and cons of consuming these products I came to realize these foods are NOT even worth trying. The problems they cause way more than the health that is promoted

1. SOY
Soy milk and soy-based products seems to be a big hit with people who want to cut back on dairy, interestingly enough this product is one of the biggest health frauds of modern times, the soy craze is a health trend that you will want to look more into before jumping in the boat. Nearly all non-organic soy ingredients are of GM origin (Thanks Monsanto!) most of the soy additives are processed using a toxic substance known as hexane, which is has been known to cause birth defects, reproductive problems, and cancer. Soy that has not been fermented is also high in Estrogen (Watch out guys! You'll be throwing off your manly hormones which can cause even MORE problems!). Your best bet is to try out the other different alternatives of 'milk' like Almond milk, coconut milk, just to name a few :)


2. Protein Energy Bars
Easy to snack on protein bars, yum right? Not so much... Often marketed, as a wonderful addition to a healthy diet you can find most protein bars are filled with processed soy protein, refined sugar, hydrogenated fat, and other harmful additives that contribute to many chronic illnesses. There ARE exceptions though... Thunderbird Energetica, Organic Food Bar, Boku Superfood, Vega Sport, PROBAR, and Zing are some of the few healthy protein and energy bars. Just to be sure, always read the ingredient labels and know what you are buying.


3. Agave Nectar
Most agave "nectar" or agave "syrup" is mainly just laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup, sucked dry of virtually all nutrient value, and offers you nothing more than an internal disaster waiting to happen. ' According to Russ Bianchi, executive of a globally recognized food and beverage development company, who lectured about this very subject at the Weston Price Mythbusters conference this past fall, agave is one of the greatest frauds perpetrated on the American people. The high levels of synthesized fructose in agave put people at risk for obesity, heart disease, arterial inflammation, high blood pressure and increased insulin resistance.'-YIKES! Might as well just stick to regular sugar and syrup right?


4. Dried fruit
Sure, it has a wonderful amount of fiber. It also has a wonderfully bad amount of added sugar and sulfur dioxide to keep it preserved longer- YUM!. The process of preserving food with sulfur dioxide is used to help extend the shelf life of the product, kill bad bacteria that might grow on veggies and other foods, and help the food product look appealing even after it's been dried out; but, it's also considered one of the TOP six air pollutants. Like coal, gas, and all those other nasty things we have yet to stop use of. Sulfur Dioxide has been linked to cause Asthma in our children, and often times liver damage in our older folk! Your best bet with Dried fruit is to buy organic, or even dry you own! And again, always check the ingredients when buying packaged dried fruit.


And last but not least...

5. Gluten free EVERYTHING
Seems to be another fad these days. Of course, if you ARE gluten intolerant (celiac disease) then yeah that's different. Gluten is a protein found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. Most of us love it without realizing because gluten makes our favorite foods even tastier: making pizza dough stretchy, giving bread its spongy texture, and is used to thicken those delicious sauces and soups. And of course there's the idea that a gluten-free diet is the key to speedy weight loss. But, says Mark DeMeo, M.D., director of gastroenterology and nutrition at the Adult Celiac Disease Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, "there's nothing magical about a gluten-free diet that's going to help you lose weight. So what it comes down to is, unless you have Celiac Disease, Gluten free products are not really needed.

Hope you enjoyed this informative post! And if you have any doubts, please research these products more....Have a wonderful New Years!!
~Ama
 

2 comments:

  1. This is really interesting! Thanks for posting :)

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    1. I have been eating Clif Bars as between meal snacks....are they to be avoided also?

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