With information coming in from various sources (the media, the food pyramid, and countless other websites, including our own), it is overwhelming at times.
It takes research and personal experience to find out what works best for you.
With this premise in mind, there are foods that are often marketed as healthy, but in reality, they are not.
"Healthy" foods that would be better to avoid
The following list includes some foods that are marketed as "healthy foods", but what, according to relevant research, can play to have unhealthy repercussions on our body.
Soy milk and tofu are considered by many to be a healthy protein alternative to meat and dairy products.
In our experience and research, we actually believe that soy (in its unfermented form) is no better than the quality of most factory farm meats.
In essence, most of the soy products sold on the market today are extracts or derivatives of genetically modified soy crops. Almost 90% of all soybean crops in the US and in many parts of the world are genetically modified.
Since we are now producing much of this monoculture (such as GMO corn) that is used primarily to produce biofuels, it is easy for companies to use the harvest that is left in our food for extra profit - a sad reality indeed.
In several studies, premature death and many forms of cancer are being linked to ingestion. Many of us in the western world have the impression that products such as soy milk, tofu, and soy protein isolates and extracts are good for us. This couldn't be further from the truth; it is simply a powerful marketing strategy by companies to get you to eat more soy.
Hundreds of clinical and laboratory studies are linking soy to a variety of different diseases, such as: malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, infertility, birth defects, immune system failure, diseases heart disease and cancer. If you are looking to consume soy, always do so in small amounts, and make sure the product is fermented and organic.
2. Commercial fruit juice
There are some common misconceptions about fruit juice these days. People really believe that the juice products that we buy in supermarkets are really good for us; probably due to the fact that the same companies that have always sold the product are now promoting juice with a healthier alternative.
The truth is that commercial fruit juice is far from healthy, in fact it can be considered as unhealthy like some popular sodas.
Through the squeezing process, the fruit is stripped of its natural fibers, then heated to kill any potential pathogens, and most of the time chemical derivatives of sugars are added to the mix, creating a product that is 90-95 % of sugar.
When the juice is consumed, the body immediately converts it to sugar, increasing blood sugar levels, and if consumed too frequently, it can lead to obesity and type II diabetes.
If you have a juice craving, always make sure to drink the juice freshly squeezed and fresh, and keep its consumption to a minimum, because it is actually also loaded with natural sugar from the fruit. On the other hand, always drink water when possible.
3. Varied products:
Pasteurized dairy products: These foods are considered very acidic, and actually leave your body filtering minerals from your bones to stabilize blood pH. That is, pasteurized dairy products actually take calcium from the body rather than introduce it. In addition to this, almost all commercial varieties of pasteurized dairy products are full of pus and hormones.
Farmed fish: Treated in the same way as factory farm animals, farmed fish, which are normally found in small areas, are fed with soy and corn derivatives, and live-in confined spaces, and are forced to live in appalling conditions.
Many often develop parasites because they are swimming in their own feces. For this reason, large amounts of chemicals are dumped into the water in order to neutralize parasites. If you like eating fish, always look for varieties in the wild, and organic. In addition to this, you may also need to check the mercury levels in a particular fish.
Cooking with olive oil: When olive oil is consumed at room temperature, it is very healthy. However, if cooked with it at very high temperatures, it can be harmful to your health. Olive oil is not a very stable oil, so when it is heated, it changes its chemical structure that can have carcinogenic effects on our body. Always make sure to cook with an oil that is much more stable at high temperatures, like coconut oil.
When choosing a diet, always make sure that you are experimenting with food to see if it works for you. Since everyone is made differently, it is important to experiment with different food options.
Most importantly, always make sure to eat whole, organic foods in order to avoid many of the foods mentioned above.
You've been working hard to follow a healthy, low-calorie diet and improve your exercise habits, and your reward has been watching your weight go down and feeling better. Now, however, for no reason you can identify, the scale has stopped budging. You've hit a weight-loss plateau. Don't get discouraged. It's normal for weight loss to slow and even stall. By understanding what causes a weight-loss plateau, you can decide how to respond and avoid backsliding on your new healthy habits.