Foods that are unhealthy are a big part of the reason the world is fatter and sicker than ever before.
To my surprise, many people consider some of these foods healthy.
So here are 5 “Health foods” that are really just junk food in disguise.
Margarine- Butter was warned off as bad for you a very long time ago, due to high saturated fat content. And with that, health experts started promoting margarine instead.
Margarine used to be high in trans fats. These days, it has less trans fats than before but is still pretty much loaded with refined vegetable oils.
Margarine is not food, it is just a group of chemicals and refined oils that have been made to look and taste like food. Not surprisingly people who replace butter with margarine are more likely to die from heart disease.
If you want to improve your health, eat butter but do not eat processed margarine and
other trash like that.
Recommending Margarine instead of natural butter is up there with some of the worst nutritional advice anyone could give you.
Processed Organic Food– The word “ Organic” has become just another marketing buzzword. Food manufactures have found all sorts of ways to make the same junk food, except with ingredients that happen to be organic.
Ingredients include Organic raw cane sugar, which is just 100% identical
to regular sugar. It’s still just glucose and fructose, with little to no nutrients.
In many cases, the difference between an ingredient and its organic counterpart is next to none.
Processed foods that happen to be labelled organic are not necessarily healthy. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!
Vegetable Oils- It is important to keep in mind that blood cholesterol is a risk factor, not a disease in itself. Even though vegetable oils can improve a risk factor,there is no guarantee that they will help
prevent an actual sticky end such as a heart attack which is what really counts.
In fact, several controlled trials have shown that despite lowering cholesterol, these oils can
increase the risk of death from both heart disease and cancer.
So eat healthy, natural fats like butter, olive oil, and coconut oil but avoid processed vegetable oils as if your life depended on it
(IT REALLY DOES)
Vegan Junk Food- Vegan diets are very popular these days, often due to celebrity influence/ ethical and environmental reasons.
But.. many people promote vegan diets for the purpose of improving health ( which is questionable).
There are a lot of processed vegan foods out there, often sold as replacements for non- vegan foods.
Like, for instance there is such thing as Vegan bacon ( Lol).
It is important to keep in mind that these are usually highly processed and factory made products that are bad for just about anyone,
which includes Vegans too.
Sports Drinks- Sports drinks these drinks contain electrolytes (Salts) and sugar, which can be useful for athletes in many cases.
Most regular people do not need any additional salts or extra sugar.
Sports drinks are considered “less bad” than sugary soft drinks, which is just not true as the sugar content is only slightly lower.
It is important to stay hydrated, during the day and around workouts, but “good old water” is the real key, not over hyped Sports drink with your
favourite athlete advertising it.