You can’t go wrong when picking a fruit or vegetable. All of them are healthy and nutritious. This applies to any other food, which comes straight from nature in its natural, unaltered form. It’s those “fancy” modern day health kick “super foods” that you should be worried about. Marketing strategies have brainwashed the human race into adapting the new definition of healthy, so that our conscience would no longer be in the way of feeling guilt when buying something fattening or low in nutrition. Please let me stop your shopping cart for a minute, so you could rethink the decisions that seemed so innocent and obvious for so long.
Grocery Store Juice. While fruit and vegetable juice is a great source of all kinds of vitamins, this only applies if it’s freshly squeezed. The juice that comes in plastic/glass bottles and cans and is sold in grocery stores all over the country is anything but healthy. It usually has the amount of sugar equal or higher than a chocolate candy bar. While freshly squeezed juice would go bad in one or two days, the pre-packed one has so many preservatives that it usually can stay good for up to a month or longer. Do yourself and your family a favor and buy a juicer machine. That way you can have fresh juice every day with no health risks.
Rice Cakes are normally low fat, low cholesterol and almost tasteless, so they must be good for you, right? After all, one lightly salted, large-sized cake contains a mere 40 to 50 calories. The truth is that they don’t contain much nutrition either. Even those that boast whole grains typically remove the germ, one of the more nutritious parts of a whole grain kernel.
Multi Grain & Wheat Bread. ‘Multi grain’, ‘7 grain’, and ‘wheat’ all sound healthy, but those are the terms to describe bread, which does not have the nutritional benefits of whole grain bread and is made by using refined grains. Read the label before buying. If the first flour in the ingredient list is refined (it will typically say “bleached” or “unbleached enriched wheat flour”) you are not getting a 100% whole-grain bread.
Frozen Yogurts have become a booming success and overtaken the hearts of many dieters. It’s the new guilt-free version of our beloved ice-cream. Alas, not all frozen yogurts are the same. Some contain live, active cultures that are good for our digestion, while others do not. Unless labeled fat-free, many frozen yogurts contain nearly the same amount of fat as a reduced-fat ice cream, as well as the same number of calories, so if you were buying it mostly for health purposes, you might as well go ahead and eat some cookies instead.
Tea Drinks aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Tea has been praised for its antioxidant contents, which help fight illnesses and maintain a strong immune system, as well as reduce the risk or heart disease, growth of cancer cells and stroke. Tea drinks are not the same as brewed tea leaves. Many bottled varieties contain little brewed tea, but as much added sugars as regular soda. All bottled tea beverages also have fewer antioxidants than brewed teas. Most are made from concentrates or essences, and a lack of the well-know health benefits of brewed tea.
Energy/Granola Bars are know as the ultimate healthy replacement for those who cannot resist snacking and eating sweets. They’re filled with nuts, dried fruit, oats and all that other good stuff. The reality is that most granola bars are jam-packed with highly processed or artificial ingredients and are dipped in sugary syrups. They are nothing more than a rich man’s candy bar.