Healthy foods that aren’t

Recent studies in health and nutrition have shown that fats aren’t entirely responsible for obesity, heart disease and many other ailments. The following is a list of foods which were once considered good for you, largely due to the anti-fat crusade. In reality, they may not bea all that beneficial and probably should not be eaten to excess.

Vegetable oils

Clinical trials show that diets high in vegetable oils derived from soybeans, peanuts, corn, sunflower or safflowers can lead to significantly higher rates of cancer and gallstones, compared with diets higher in saturated fats.

Alternatives: butter, lard, tallow, coconut oil, olive oil

Skim milk

Fat soluble vitamins A, D, K and E and calcium cannot be properly absorbed without fat. This means that skim milk doesn’t have much nutritional value and drinking it is really just a matter of taste preference.

Alternatives: whole milk, organic milk

Low-fat foods

Removing fat from food interferes with flavour and texture, so this is compensated by the use of carbohydrate-based ‘fat replacers’. This means that low-fat products are almost always higher in carbohydrates – as well as sugar.

Alternatives: whole-fat foods


The sugar found in fruit (fructose) can have a similar effect to that of high-fructose corn syrup; it goes straight to the liver and may increase the risk of heart disease.

Alternatives: cheese, nuts, less fruit

Whole grains

Whole grains are carbohydrates, which break down into glucose in the body. People who consume a diet high in carbohydrates may be at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Alternatives: fish, dairy, eggs


Chicken is relatively nutrient-poor when compared to red meat, which contains iron, selenium, folate, vitamins B6 and B12.

Alternatives: red meat, sweetbreads, liver

Roasted nuts

Roasted nuts bought in stores can be rancid, turning a good fat into a bad one.

Alternatives: soak raw organic nuts and roast them yourself at a low to medium temperature for 10-20 minutes. Even better for you are ‘activated nuts’, which you can make by soaking nuts overnight in salted water, then roasting them at a low temperature for six to eight hours the next day.

Sugar-free foods

The artificial sweeteners used in most diet drinks have been linked to chronic disease and may cause weight gain. They may also increase your risk of diabetes.

Alternatives: sparkling water infused with lemon, lime or berries

‘Natural’ labelled food

Using the word ‘natural’ on a food label doesn’t mean much these days. Essentially, anything that comes from the earth can be labelled natural, no matter how processed or nutrient-deficient that food may be.

Alternatives: read the ingredients for chemicals. If in doubt, shelve it. Choose organic whole-foods instead and always wash your vegetables before eating them

It may come as a shock to you that your diet is not as healthy as you had thought. Reading labels will help you to make better-informed choices. You may need to spend a little more at the checkout, but you could save a lot more than money in the long run.

Information in ths article sourced from MindBodyGreen.

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