Foods You Think Are Healthy

There are a lot of foods in the world that have been promoted as healthy but in reality, they are not. There are certain foods you think are healthy only because they are advertised as healthy to make us believe they are good for us. The reality is that there are many unhealthy foods that we perceive as “healthy.” Knowledge is power, so here are some “supposedly good” foods that you must stay away from.

Canned Tomatoes:

Since tomatoes are prominent in many delicious recipes, this is difficult to hear. You are better off using fresh, organic tomatoes to make those recipes. Why are canned tomatoes not good for you? Most cans contain BPA, which is a toxic chemical that leads to an increased risk of developing prostate or breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease or other health problems. Tomatoes are naturally acidic and that causes BPA to seep into food. Some cans say they are BPA free. Do not be fooled! Companies began to remove BPA from products after strong public pressure, but they started using another product called BPS, which is just as bad. Avoid cans and go for glass jars.

Salad dressings:

We like to eat salads with different flavors. Our taste buds have become accustomed to salad dressings, but most of them are unhealthy and counteract the nutrients of vegetables. Most salad dressings are full of sugar, vegetable oils, artificial chemicals and trans fats. A great way to get the proper salads food is to make your own dressings. Apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil are the two best ingredients for salad dressings. Add the spices or herbs of your choice.

Trail Mix:

Trail mix is a great snack if you do it well. Most people like the ease of grabbing a handful or a small bag of trail mix for snacks. The reality is that most trail mixes are high in calories, contain high amounts of sodium and sugar, have pieces of chocolate or candy-coated piece, or have dried fruits, which contain sulfur dioxide and sugar. Most trail mixes are filled with trans fats, refined carbohydrates, and simple sugars. Look for trail mixes that have unsalted nut and no sugar. Better yet, make your own with the use of raw, unsalted nuts and freshly dehydrated seeds and fruits.

Pre-made Smoothies or Juices:

Those pre-made or store bought smoothies and juices aren’t as healthy as you think they are. These smoothies are not the best-kept health secret. They are actually loaded with sugar and may contain 680-1,000 calories. The high sugar content in these can cause your blood sugar levels to peak or fall, which can lead to type diabetes 2. Even those bottled green drinks are not giving you the healthy nutrients that you think you are getting. There may be up to 50 grams of sugar in one of those bottles. You are much better off making your own shakes or juices to actually get the nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Whenever you buy food, whether organic or locally grown; Look for the highest quality product you can get. Avoid foods that have been grown with pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and have added growth hormones. Look for the market of your local farmer or organic grocery store to get the best foods you can. Places to get real healthy foods are more abundant and closer to you than you think.

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Miguel Quintana
A passionate fitness trainer who enjoys living and promoting a healthy fitness lifestyle. He is known for developing effective training programs and uses science proven methods with all his clients.