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5 Healthy Foods That Are Not so Healthy

Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine.

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There's no denying that eating pizzas, burgers, and french fries regularly is probably not the best thing to do— but what about the healthier foods?

Our daily choices can profoundly affect our lives, and this is especially true when it comes to what we eat. There's no denying that eating pizzas, burgers, and french fries regularly is probably not the best thing to do— but what about the healthier foods?


In addition to the type of food we eat, nutritionists recommend that we examine the nutritional content of the food we consume which may be doing much more damage than expected. Here are five healthy foods you might want to take another look at.


Artificial Sweeteners

The motivation to substitute natural sweeteners for artificial sweeteners can be for the right reasons, but it actually does more harm than good. The sweetness of artificial sweeteners, especially non-nutritive sweeteners, is far greater than that of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.


Because it is considered a healthier alternative to regular table sugar, we trick ourselves into thinking we can have more of it, which overstimulates our sugar receptors and causes us to have an increased tolerance for sweetness.


You can indulge your sweet tooth by eating whole fruits. These foods tend to be highly nutritious, nutrient-dense, high in fiber, and low glycemic load.


Margarine

Here is an end to the old debate between butter and margarine. For those with heart diseases, it's recommended to use margarine sparingly over butter. However, not all margarine is created equal. Some types of margarine contain trans fat, which increases blood cholesterol levels and raises the risk of heart disease, similar to saturated fat.


When looking for an alternative spread, try to limit saturated fats intake and avoid trans fats altogether. Choosing margarine that is low in saturated fats, high in unsaturated fats, and is free from trans fat is okay to consume moderately.

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Soy Protein Isolate

Soy protein isolates, a highly-processed form of soy, are commonly found in processed grocery items such as protein powders and nutrition bars. They may contain estrogen-like organic compounds called soy isoflavones that can cause adverse effects to your health. High estrogen levels have been linked to breast cancer, infertility, and thyroid cancer.


Tofu, edamame, and soy milk are all whole soy foods that can be consumed in moderation.


Diet Food

Choosing healthier alternatives for food often involves looking for phrases such as no cholesterol, no trans fat, no added sugar, multigrain, organic, all-natural and so many more. Foods labeled as "diet" or "low fat" don't necessarily mean they're low-calorie. Experts note that even nutritious foods can often contain unhealthy components.


Many of us consume this type of food because we assume it won't harm our health since it's considered a "healthy" choice. Unfortunately, such foods often contain unhealthy fillers like sugar and salt to have a more appealing taste.


Processed Frozen Meals

When you're pressed for time, frozen meals are a convenient way to get dinner on the table. However, processed foods contain far more sodium and fat to enhance taste and maintain longer shelf life compared to fresh foods. Moreover, low-quality ingredients can also conceal the nutritional value to a large extent, which is why it's not as good as one would expect.


Fortunately, there are still some healthy frozen options that nutritionists recommend. Just check the nutritional content to find what works best for you.


In the end, it’s good to be aware of the fact that labels on the front of the food packaging don’t necessarily mean what you think they mean. Now that you are aware of what you should look into, you can be sure to make healthy choices when shopping for your favorite foods. The next time you find yourself picking up that “healthy” low-fat yogurt, take a second to look at the nutritional contents. You may just be surprised by what you find.

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