I get it. You want to be as healthy as you possibly can be. But you’re also busy and constantly on the go.
Which means you don’t always have the time to spend mapping out meal plans or cooking four course dinners. Turning to healthy and quick convenience foods to fill in the gaps makes sense.
But the trouble is some of the most popular healthy foods can be diet disasters in disguise. And making them a regular habit can do far more harm to your health than good.
Following are three of the worst culprits. These easy to grab and convenient so-called healthy foods are actually foods you should NEVER eat.
1. Breakfast cereal:
Breakfast cereals are a staple in most homes. Mornings can be hectic, but you don’t want to skip eating altogether. So they seem like a healthy compromise.
Chances are you’re already avoiding the sugar filled “kid’s” cereal. But the trouble is even if you’re skipping the ones with marshmallows in them your cereal isn’t the healthy food you think it is.
Most brands are full of hidden sodium and junk salt. In fact, one popular bran cereal has TWICE as much of both as another bestselling kid’s cereal.
And no matter which box you grab, it will likely still fall far too high on the glycemic index, with few benefits to balance it out. You may as well as be eating a candy bar for breakfast.
A Snickers bar falls at around 51 on the glycemic index according to the folks at Harvard. But that bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes? It’s a stunning 92. Sprinkle a little sugar on top, as many folks do, and you have a glucose bomb that will send your blood sugar soaring.
If you simply can’t imagine giving up your cereal in the morning switch to steel cut oatmeal. It isn’t a quick solution, but a far healthier one. Try cooking it the night before so it’s easy to prepare in the morning when time is short.
Steel cut oats digest far more slowly than overly processed breakfast cereals. Giving them a far more manageable 55 GI. Plus they come with other health benefits for balance. Toss in some berries or other fresh fruit to add a touch of sweetness.
2. Canned green beans:
You feel like you don’t have the time for a grocery store run. Or you have tickets to a show and you need to whip up a quick meal. So you head to the pantry and pull out some canned foods.
In general, fresh is always better. You don’t need me to tell you that. Canned foods are usually loaded up with extra junk sodium and strange (and unhealthy) chemicals and preservatives.
But even worse, most canned foods contain bisphenol A (BPA). This synthetic hormone disruptor mimics estrogen, confusing your body and causing all kinds of unexpected consequences. High BPA levels are associated with early onset of puberty, fertility issues, breast and prostate cancer and polycystic ovary syndrome.
And if one of those cans that you grabbed is green beans, I have even more bad news. Domestically grown green beans are usually contaminated with a high level of toxic pesticides. The Environmental Working Group ranked them as 21 on their worst list for pesticide residue last year.
The bad news doesn’t end there. The type of pesticides used on green beans are among the worst. They’re even more toxic than the chemicals sprayed on other kissing cousin crops. In fact, according Consumer Reports eating a serving of domestic green beans is 200 times riskier than tucking into a serving of US grown broccoli.
Kick the cans to the curb. And ALWAYS buy organic green beans. If you can spare a few extra minutes make those beans fresh ones. But if you’re short on time frozen is fine too.
3. Microwave popcorn:
If you’ve missed a meal, or are rushing out the door on the way to your next destination, tossing a bag of popcorn into the microwave for a portable snack seems like a good option. After all, popcorn is a whole grain so it’s good for you, right?
Well, yes and no.
If you’re popping a batch of organic popcorn kernels on your stovetop in extra virgin olive oil, walnut, coconut or avocado oil it can indeed be a healthy food choice. Popcorn is a surprisingly decent source of protein… especially for a snack food. And it contains a good number of antioxidants and other nutrients.
But all bets are off when that popcorn you’re making is the microwave variety. Then it morphs into a nutritional nightmare.
The trouble starts with the bag itself. Typically, microwave popcorn bags are coated with non-stick chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfate (PFOS) which experts say are associated with cancer and infertility.
Then there are all the extra ingredients. The things that are hiding in your favorite snack beyond the popcorn might surprise you.
Many of the oils and emulsifiers used, for example, are genetically modified. Some of the most popular brands still contain heart-harming trans fats. And if you prefer butter flavored popcorn, you’re eating diacetyl, a questionable chemical with links to lung disease and possibly beta amyloid plaques in the brain.
The truth is there’s nothing convenient about these three easy to grab, so-called healthy foods. Drop these diet disasters in disguise from your shopping list starting today.
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