Now that people are beginning to make healthier decisions while shopping at the grocery store, food manufacturers have started to wake up and take notice. Our buying habits have changed now that we’re understanding the importance of good health, and those companies don’t want to lose their customers (and their dollars).
It has become more apparent than ever that many of our “health food” choices aren’t as healthy as we once thought! The true story is hidden behind clever advertising campaigns, new fancy packaging, and even a little bit of history.
Want to know the truth? Here are 4 food items that aren’t as healthy as you think!
Problem: Cereal companies have always told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although having a healthy break to your nightly fast is valuable, starting the day with a bowl full of sugar is not the solution. Even brands that market themselves as health foods are often more heavy in quick-burning carbohydrates than the energy of slower burning proteins and fats.
Solution: Choose nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds, and whole grains such as bulgur or brown rice. These will keep you more full for longer, and give you the energy to start your day right!
Problem: We’ve been told that we recover from fatigue more quickly by loading up on sugary sports drinks during and after our workouts. Although studies have shown that drinking beverages high in electrolytes help with the absorption and retention of water, nothing has shown the benefits of consuming high amounts of sugar – and in fact, we’ve found the opposite to be true.
Problem: Advertisements have consistently told us that drinking milk is a great way to get calcium in order to build strong bones. These claims came in the wake of dipping dairy sales, and in reality there are better ways to meet our daily calcium needs. With the processing and pasteurization of dairy products, many of the nutrients that assist our body with absorbing the calcium are stripped away.
Solution: Choose leafy greens that are rich in calcium instead like spinach, kale, and collard greens.
Problem: For years we’ve been led to believe that eating low-fat or fat-free foods will equal less fat on our bodies. But guess what? We’re still more overweight than ever! It turns out that the sugar industry realized that they could provide an excellent solution to the flavor we were missing out on when the fat was removed. Fat wasn’t the enemy after all!
Solution: Choose healthy and minimally processed fats such as nuts, avocados, and fish. Choose the full-fat varieties of foods, and just eat a little less than you normally would. It’s all about balance!
[Credit: Brodwin, Erin. “15 Products You Probably Thought Were Healthier Than They Actually Are.” Business Insider.]
[Credit: Nourished Kitchen. “10 Reasons to Drink Your Milk Raw.”]