As an avid health enthusiast, I am always looking for more information regarding what foods I should and shouldn’t put in my body in order to attain optimal health. In considering various foods that I used to eat under the assumption that they helped foster wellness, I now realize that those foods were not particularly healthy at all. Here are three such foods:
1. Apple Sauce
I think two of the main reasons that many of us think apple sauce is healthy is that it’s frequently fed to babies and has a healthy word-apple-in its own name. Yet reality seems to confirm that the idea of apple sauce being really healthy is all in our heads. In discussing why apple sauce is not healthy, Men’s Health notes that “An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but when you strip away the apple’s fiber-dense skin and add sweeteners, as most applesauce makers do, you create a processed food that’s high in sugar and low in fiber-a perfect recipe for blood-sugar swings that raise cholesterol levels.” In recognizing the validity of this information, you may want to start eating organic apples that you can purchase from your local farmer instead of opting for apple sauce.
2. Energy Bars
I used to love eating energy bars. I thought they tasted great and they were advertised as a healthy food. Yet in learning more about them, I realize that they’re really not all that healthy so I’m glad I don’t eat them anymore. In discussing why energy bars are not really healthy, Molly Raisch notes that the reason we receive energy from them results from the fact that they have large volumes of sweetener added in. In fact, Raisch argues that many companies attempt to cleverly disguise the high sugar content in their energy bars by using several types of sugar such as cane juice, brown sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup. To prove her point, Raisch notes that the PowerBar ProteinPlus Chocolate Brownie bar contains up to 30 grams of sugar that come from at least three different types of it.
3. Bran Muffins
In discussing why bran muffins are unhealthy, Dr. Oz notes that most of the ones that are sold commercially have around 800 calories of fat and sugar. This is higher than a traditional cake doughnut! Despite the fact that I no longer eat bread products as a result of the fact that I follow a raw vegan diet, this is still devastating news to me because I used to eat them under the assumption that I was doing my body a favor. Guess not!
Although many of us are interested in leading healthier lives, one of the barriers that can preclude us from doing so includes not recognizing which foods are truly healthy. By doing research and reading food labels, however, we can gain a deeper understanding of whether the things we put in our bodies are truly contributing to optimum wellness. Good luck!
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