By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci
There are a lot of foods out there that people eat because they think they are a healthy choice. Here are a few that are not as healthy as you might think!
Soy milk is a highly processed product. The soybeans are heated at high temperatures and acid washed in aluminum tanks, so the aluminum may be transferred into the soy milk. Almost all soy in America is genetically modified, and is grown with high levels of pesticide contamination. Processed soy in general has been shown to disrupt endocrine and thyroid function and may negatively affect hormones as well. If you do choose soy, choose a fermented option like tempeh or miso. Read more about the downside of soy.
Although it may look and sound healthy, most granola on the market is loaded with corn syrup or sugar. Your best bet? Make your own granola at home with gluten free oats and sweeten it with raw honey or pure maple syrup. Or try this delicious raw muesli recipe!
Agave nectar has become such a trendy sugar substitute, but the truth is that most agave in the US is highly refined in a process similar to making high fructose corn syrup. Agave is high in fructose, which can contribute to insulin resistance and obesity. Read more on agave. Instead, choose more natural sweeteners like raw honey, maple syrup or dates.
With the juicing craze in full swing, people everywhere are guzzling bottles of fruity juices – which is like liquid sugar to the body. If you’re going to drink juice, go for the green ones with minimal fruit. Your best bet is to make it at home or get it from a fresh juice bar! Check out this mojito green juice recipe.
Frozen yogurt is another one of those foods that pretends to be healthy when it’s usually a big heap of sugar, dairy, artificial sweeteners and chemicals. Next time you’re at your local fro-yo place, ask to see the ingredients list. You’ll probably be shocked! Learn more about the sneaky ingredients in frozen yogurt. Still in need of a frozen treat? Check out our favorite healthy smoothie recipes!
Even for people without celiac or a diagnosed “gluten sensitivity,” wheat can be a big trigger for digestive distress, skin issues, immune system suppression and inflammation in the body. Dr. Lipman says “I believe there is no greater drain on one’s energy and trigger for inflammation than gluten.” Read more. Curious to know if removing gluten would help you feel better? Give it up completely for 2 weeks and see if your condition improves. I promise, it’s not as hard as it sounds! Here’s a week’s worth of gluten-free meal ideas.
What are some other foods people think are healthy but really aren’t? We’d love to hear your input!