Junk food is the main cause of the epidemic of obesity and heart disease in our societies.
But many believe that they are eating healthy while they swallow the worst junk food (like rice cakes).
Here are 13 foods called “healthy” that in fact are junk foods:
“Low fat” and “0% fat” processed foods
The war against saturated fats is the worst mistake in the history of nutrition.
Today, it has been demonstrated that the reasoning was completely wrong.
But stereotypes die hard and industry continues to flood the market with “low fat” products.
What they do not explain is that low fat products have no longer any taste. To offset the blandness, manufacturers add sugar.
Yet it is still promoted that saturated fats are not safe, as the sugar consumed in excess is seriously injurious to health.
When you read the words “low fat” and “0% fat” on the package, you will know that it is a highly processed food and full of sugar. If this surprises you, you are not alone. The majority of the population remains convinced that fats are responsible for the epidemic obesity in our country. Take the test, ask around.
Polyunsaturated vegetable oils
We often advised that polyunsaturated oils reduce cholesterol, including sunflower oil, grape seed oil, corn oil and soybean oil.
But the fact is that the cholesterol is a risk factor and not a disease in itself. As such, vegetable oils have not been proven to reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, or this is what counts.
On the contrary, several clinical trials have shown that these polyunsaturated oils can increase mortality from heart disease and cancer. The reason is the content of omega-6 fatty acids of these oils which would be particularly involved in the cause of the mentioned diseases.
This is why it is better to consume fats like butter or coconut oil for cooking, and olive oil, hazelnut oil, walnut oil or flaxseed oil for seasoning.
Margarine is supposed to protect your heart
The butter has long been demonized because it is rich in saturated fats. For decades, the most prominent experts are promoting margarine. We now know that this bad advice had disastrous effects on public health.
Margarine is made from hydrogenated oils rich in trans fats assembled chemical components (including dyes). This artificial set should mimic the look and texture of butter.
Yet the Framingham Heart Study has shown that people who replace butter with margarine are more likely to die from heart disease.
Today, the majority continues to see margarine as a healthy alternative to butter. We can only encourage you to know the truth.
To improve your health, consume more organic butter and avoid margarine and other fake food.
Products with added phytosterols to protect your heart
Some say that “last generation” of margarines is less rich in trans fats and that more phytosterols are added in order to reduce the cholesterol.
Manufacturers have created other products with added phytosterols such as yogurt. For example: “Danacol” of Danone, and other “dairy specialties”.
Studies have shown that phytosterols are still bad for the heart’s health. They might even increase the risk of heart disease and death, especially in postmenopausal women.
Fruit juice: liquid sugar
Fruit juices create the illusion that they are a dietary choice. If the juice is made of fruit, it follows that it is as healthy as fruit.
In fact, the term “juice” is misleading. Some juices found in supermarkets contain no fruit, just artificial orange or pineapple flavors. Basically, it is sugar and water with fruit flavoring.
The only thing left is the sugar of the fruit. The Lancet showed that there is as much sugar in fruit juice as in sweet drinks like sodas.
Each juice is a pure sugar that boosts the sugar levels in the blood. Ultimately, these leads to overweight and diabetes risk.
If you eat a whole orange, its fibers inhibit the absorption of fructose by your body and it spreads over time. So you eliminate the adverse effects of fructose and get 100% of the benefits of the fruit.
“Complete” products intended to protect your heart
The most “complete” products are made with whole wheat grains.
Wheat was pulverized into flour and refined so that it is ready to be digested. Work of your jaw and decomposition process with the gastric juices is minimized.
This is why carbohydrates from wholegrain flour drive up your blood sugar as fast as carbohydrates of white flour. Besides, white flour and wholemeal flour are classified in the same category for their glycemic effect (which increases the sugar level in the blood).
Actually, I also recommend eating wheat grains entirely. Modern wheat has nothing to do with the one our grandparents ate.
In the 60s, agricultural research made rapid “progress” to develop more resistant grains, more productive, and richer in gluten.
Hybridizations and backcrossing led to the emergence of entirely new species, which is still called “wheat” but are so different from natural wheat lake an elephant to a mouse.
The modern “wheat” created in the 1970s – called Lerma Rojo 64, Siete Cerros, Sonora 64 or Super X – has forty-two chromosomes where einkorn wheat that our ancestors consumed had only fourteen! In humans, causes disability (as in trisomy 21) or death.
Modern wheat has less nutritional value, including fewer minerals. It causes more severe reactions in people intolerant to gluten. Other studies show that it might increase the inflammation of the body and damage the arteries.
The best advice would be to consume the least amount of modern wheat, whether whole, complete or refined.
“Slimming” breakfast cereals
Many breakfast cereals are presented as dietary (eg, Special K). On the cardboard box it says basically “vitamin-rich”, “rich in minerals,” “whole wheat,” “low fat”.
But written in small letters, one finds that the ingredients are refined grains, sugar and chemical additives. It is really very misleading.
The same is the problem with rice cakes. Rice is blown at high temperatures – as the Rice Krispies. Finally, puffed rice carbohydrates have the same impact on the body as the pure sugar!
And the cereals aimed at children are all wrapped with colorful packaging and collectible toys!!!
“Gluten free” foods
Since the population cares about gluten consumption, manufacturers are trying to find a way around it.
Almost all products are available in “gluten free” version. This will fill whole shelves of products labeled “healthy” and it is just an illusion.
Only few consumers who consistently read the list of all ingredients avoid the trap.
These gluten-free products are also processed, refined from their versions with gluten.
So choose foods that inherently contain no gluten: vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, etc.
Processed foods labeled as “organic”
The other magic word that sells is “organic”.
Everything can be “organic”, even the wrong health foods: cereal bars, chips, and sugar cane. They probably contain fewer pesticides, but still contain lots of sugar and carbohydrates.
Processed foods labeled “organic” are not necessarily healthy. Always read the label to find out what they are made of.
The last invention is the magic word that sells – “vegan”.
Vegan means “which is neither animal (meat, fish) or produced by products of animal origin (eggs, milk, wool, leather)”. Vegan is associated with health food.
Industry began to produce hyper-processed vegan substitutes, such as vegan bacon and sausages.
To create the illusion of bacon and sausage, producers use thickening agents, texture agents, chemical aromas of bacon, dyes, and preservatives, a large quantity of artificial ingredients that is not recommended for anyone, including vegans.
Facts about sauces and seasonings
Vegetables are good for the health.
But some complain they don’t have much taste. This doesn’t surprise when you know about the production methods of non organic vegetables (especially in the failure of the seasons).
That is why we season them with oil, vinegar and spices.
But fast food restaurants and supermarkets and many restaurants use ready-made seasonings. The problem is they are loaded with sugar, low-cost vegetable oils, trans fats, preservatives, chemical texture agents and artificial colors. They are in plastic bottles and cover a whole range in the supermarkets.
With these industrial seasonings, the benefit of the vegetables is destroyed.
Spread the word around! This is urgent because the takeaway salads and those served in restaurants are the favorite dish of women concerned about their diet.
Since the population is aware of the harmful effects of sugar, they must start looking for a healthier alternative.
Among the sweet natural products, the agave syrup is frequently used in products labeled as healthy.
The problem is that agave syrup is no better than sugar. It is even worse.
Sugar contains a lot of fructose which contributes to weight gaining when consumed in excess.
To give you an idea, the sugar contains 50% fructose while agave syrup contains 70 to 90% fructose!
Therefore, agave syrup is worse than table sugar.
It becomes clear that a natural product is not necessarily a healthy product.
Brown rice syrup
Brown rice syrup is another sweetener that is often mistaken for a healthier alternative to sugar.
Now this is a highly processed food: to produce brown rice syrup, the rice is cooked and the enzymes break down starchy rice into simple sugars.
Brown rice syrup contains glucose, but not fructose. It’s better than agave syrup. But its glycemic index is still 98, meaning that it raise the sugar levels in the blood (overweight, diabetes and heart disease factor).
Brown rice syrup undergoes a transformation such that it contains no more essential nutrients. It contains only “empty calories.”
Some scientists have found that brown rice syrup could be contaminated with arsenic, a deadly poison. That is another reason to be wary.
There are other sweeteners poor in calories and less harmful to health, such as stevia and xylitol.
Small rule of thumb in the supermarket
If the package screams “I’m a health product’, the product has nothing to do with health.
The real healthy foods have no health claims. You will recognize them because they are raw, whole, unprocessed, unrefined.
Healthy food does not have an ingredient list. It is the only ingredient!