Studies have shown that, of all the factors that come into play, confusion over which foods are good for you and which aren’t plays the largest part in not maintaining a healthy diet.
Although, contrary to government publication, there isn’t one diet that works for everyone, there are certainly some pointers we can provide to get you on the right track. Take a look at the list below to get yourself started.
Often publicized as being rich in calcium, protein and B vitamins, not all yogurts are from the same ingredients. Most supermarket yogurts are so high in sugar that it completely outweighs the health benefits. If in doubt, check the labels before buying to see how much of your recommended daily sugar intake they contain.
Seafood is always heralded as the best source of animal-based Omega-3 fatty acids and for the large part this is true. In recent years, however, the rise in water pollution means that you should be careful where your fish is coming from. Certain types of fish that are farmed and imported from China are even ranked on the FDA list, as traces of anti-fungal chemicals and illegal narcotics have been found within them.
When you buy your fish, make sure it’s from a sustainable, reputable source.
A favorite among vegetarian diners, soy is heavily promoted for its protein content. Studies have found, however, that it contains phytoestrogens, a form of natural hormone beneficial to postmenopausal women but damaging to everyone else. Consuming too much soy can have an adverse effect on human tissues.
Often known as a ‘healthy’ alternative to sugar, this sweetener is often refined so heavily that it contains more fructose than the original compounds, bearing little if any resemblance to the plant it gained its name from.
Overwhelming evidence has shown that of all the sugar types fructose is one of the most damaging. If you’re going to continue buying Agave Syrup, check the ingredients and make sure it’s from a trustworthy source.
5. Vegetable chips
If you’ve ever tried this you’ll agree that they’re delicious, but it’s also glaringly obvious that something isn’t quite right. Especially in the lower quality varieties, veggie chips are made from potato as a base ingredient to which vegetable coloring and flavoring is added. Salt is then thrown on in abundance to draw out any remaining flavor.
When foods high in carbohydrates, such as chips, are cooked, they produce an invisible, tasteless byproduct, acrylamide. This chemical has been linked to several types of cancer and is listed by the International Agency for Research as a “probable human carcinogen”.
Whether they come from a potato base or not, vegetable chips are probably best avoided.
6. Fruit juice
This one just goes to show how deceiving names can be. Even if you get fruit juice not produced from concentrate, fruits are so naturally high in sugars that you’re likely to be getting a crazily high dose in one go. Preserved fruit juices are so heavily produced that they often lose the majority of the beneficial vitamins and nutrients found in natural fruit altogether.
Although pure fruit juices can be beneficial to the health, drink them in moderation.
7. Gluten-free food options
People who suffer from celiac disease face the dilemma that gluten, commonly found in wheat, rye and barley, damages the kidneys. Although celiac disease only affects a minor percentage of the population, government studies have shown that lesser forms of gluten intolerance might be present in up to 40%. By making your gut more permeable, gluten allows partially-digested proteins into your bloodstream, which can lead to problems such as chronic disease.
With studies suggesting that gluten may even have a negative effect on general mood and the brain, it’s recommended that you take steps to moderate your intake of foods high in grains.
We hope you’ve found this post useful. Update us on your dieting progress in the comment box below and stay tuned for future health posts!