5 Foods You Should Never Eat
As you know, eating the right foods is fundamentally important to your health. Eaten properly, in the right combinations and at the right times, food will provide energy for a healthy, vibrant life. But eating the wrong foods in the wrong way will set you up for weight gain – or even worse.
There are five highly common foods often thought of as healthy, which actually work againstyour body and cause you to gain weight. Which foods are they? And why are they so bad for you?
Let’s find out…
Regular margarine is commonly based on hydrogenated oils high in omega-6 fatty acids, which when unbalanced by omega-3 fats, lead to inflammation in the body and thus accumulation of fat, particularly in the belly. Hydrogenated oil generates unhealthy trans fats, which persist in these products even if labeled “transfat-free,” due to allowances made for manufacturers. This is bad for your heart, for your organs, and for your body. It won’t help you lose weight, either. The body can’t these burn trans fats the way it does saturated or unsaturated fats, often storing them as fatty tissue. Simply put, regular margarine is never recommended.
Margarine was originally developed in the 1800’s to be a lower-cost alternative to butter, and gained popularity during the Great Depression and the rationing of World War II. Many margarine brands marketed themselves as being a healthier choice than butter, and that impression has lasted until today.
More recently, spreads based on olive oil, omega-3 fats and other healthier, non-hydrogenated fats have become available. The better options remain the most natural options: butter or coconut oil if you need a hard fat, and extra-virgin olive oil if you need a liquid fat.
When in doubt, always choose a natural product over a processed, synthesized one – which brings us to the next food on our list:
2. Artificial Sweeteners
Everyone knows refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup add unnecessary calories and gut-busting simple carbs to your food. The obvious choice is a low-calorie sweetener, right?
Studies have shown artificial sweeteners make it MORE difficult to maintain a healthy weight in two ways:
- Your brain associates sweet flavors with calories that your body can use for energy. But when your body doesn’t find them in the artificial sweeteners you’ve consumed, your brainworries that calories are scarce and puts your body into starvation mode. Your metabolism slows down, you feel the urge to eat even more, and your body stores the extra energy for a rainy day – as fat.The result? Weight gain.
- Research has shown that artificial sweeteners disrupt the natural bacterial balance in the gut, a disruption linked to unhealthy metabolism.
That’s why we advise steering clear of big-name low-calorie sweeteners. According to current research, they simply do more harm than good.
But what’s a person with a sweet tooth to do?
Choose natural options, including herbal extracts, such as Stevia and monk fruit, sugar alcohols such as xylitol and erythritol, and the fiber inulin, which actually nourishes your good gut bacteria. These are often available in combination products. Their use has not been associated with serious side effects, and some have even been found to have beneficial properties. It’s a win-win situation!
So far we’ve seen how processed, artificial foods upset our body’s natural balance and cause us to gain weight. So let’s go back to the basics. And what’s more basic than…
3. Whole Wheat Bread
Wait – what’s wrong with whole wheat? Isn’t that healthy? The short answer is, not necessarily. Unlike “100% whole” grain breads, just “whole” alone on the front of the package often indicates a combination of flours that includes refined flour, which breaks down into glucose very quickly. In fact, there is no significant difference in the glycemic index of white bread and regular whole wheat bread! That means that they both break down into glucose and enter the bloodstream at the same high rate.
“100% whole” wheat or grain bread, on the other hand, breaks down more slowly because of its higher content of fiber in its natural state. The more fiber a food has naturally – meaning not added back after being refined out – the more slowly it converts to glucose, and the healthier it is.
Does that mean no more sandwiches? Not at all. Simply look for “100%” whole wheat or “100%” whole grain when choosing breads, as this number is associated with a legal standard. Then you can be rest assured that you’re eating the best thing since sliced bread.
4. Conventional Soy
Just like refined flour, processed soy removes a lot of the beneficial nutrients from the natural soy and leaves you feeling hungry. Even natural soy can be problematic, because it is often grown in a manner that has been highly modified, which may produce undesirable health effects. Soy is also high in anti-nutrients, which can disrupt absorption of some nutrients and increase the excretion of others.
Even worse, soy is sometimes highly processed to mimic meat, which often exposes it to harmful chemical residues that can wreak havoc on your metabolism.
Not all soy is bad, however. Be on the lookout for organic soy, especially forms that are minimally processed and/or fermented, like miso, tempeh, and natto, or sprouted, such as specialty tofu.
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5. Concentrated Orange Juice
Most experts will agree that most common fruit juices are a real “no no” when it comes to weight loss. For one thing, fruit juice is often high in concentrated sugars, and it’s just too easy to overindulge in a tall, refreshing glass.
Even juices labeled “pure” and “fresh-squeezed” are nearly always processed in ways that not only destroy the vitamins and involve artificial preservatives, but also often leave out the fiber, concentrating the effect of the naturally high levels of sugar (and any sugars that may be added). And without the fiber found in the natural fruit, concentrated fruit juice often ends up being simply empty calories that your body doesn’t need.
The better choice is most often to eat the whole fruit. But if you want to treat yourself or get a concentrated boost of nutrients, choose freshly squeezed or blended juice. That way you’ll get the benefits of the fruit without the disadvantages of processed juices.
A better way to quench your thirst is with pure, fresh water or seltzer. And if you want to jazz it up, add a squeeze of lemon or a sprig of mint for a refreshing kick.
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