Today, I thought we would do a little detective work. On the food you think you are eating too be ‘good’, ‘healthy’ and that are helping you. Uh, uh. Sorry, but a lot of the so-called healthy products we are consuming are not healthy at all. Companies are able to add in one small dose of this, change the order of their ingredient list and BAM, ‘healthy’ food just for you.
But today we wise up. Today we realize that a box of cereal will not give us a serving of fruit. That some yogurts have more sugar than a can of pop. Yup. So much for that good for you snack at 3pm. Bummer. So, lets put an end to this madness and empower ourselves and treat our bodies to some yummy eats!
Multi-Grain & 7-Grain Breads
The halo: The more grains, the more fiber, the better!
Reality: Many of these wheat breads are made with refined grains that have been chemically bleached, stripped of their fiber and minerals then pumped with synthetic versions of the real nutrients. If you see “enriched” or “bleached” in the ingredient list, keep it moving. It’s white bread with a tan.
Better choices: Anything with “whole grain” as the first ingredient. Even better, go with a sprouted grain bread like my favorite Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9, which has more protein, B vitamins and folate than regular whole-grain breads. You can find this in a wide variety and even wraps, yum!
The halo: High protein, calcium, and good for my gut = healthy home run.
Reality: With all their added sugar, many flavored yogurts—even the Greek varieties—are pushing candy bar territory. Added sugar in the form of “evaporated cane juice” may sound virtuous, but it’s still processed and no better for you than regular white sugar. Some flavored yogurts approach the maximum daily recommended amount of added sugar (about 20 grams for women) in just a single serving.
Better choices: Plain, organic full- or low-fat yogurt, like Stonyfield Greek or Oikios tricked out with your own mix-ins of fresh fruit and a little raw honey or stevia. It is good, I promise. Especially when you think of it as your own ice cream bar where you can pick your toppings – oh yea!!
The halo: They’re plant-based “good fats.” I mean, it has the word vegetable in it. Duh.
Reality: Many refined vegetable oils like corn, soybean, and safflower—commonly used in packaged foods and fried fast foods— have a dangerously high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Excess omega-6 is linked to chronic inflammation, the precursor to everything terrible, from weight gain to serious diseases like cancer. Also, the refining process uses high heat and chemical solvents to extract the oils. Toxins galore.
Better choices: Less processed oils with a better balance of fatty acids, including organic, cold-pressed extra virgin olive, coconut, avocado, and flaxseed oils. For a healthier cooking spray, put olive oil in a spray dispenser like Misto to control your serving size. Fats are good for you and are full of flavor, which leave you fuller longer. Love that!
Unfortunately, there are some other pesky imposters out there. But you can be a detective too. And these three are a great start. Just by making these few changes, you are decreasing your sugar intake, increasing your vitamins, minerals and nutrients and starting down a healthy, happy and fit path.