Healthy foods that aren’t

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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

Fruit

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

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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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

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    After reading all that, I give up. I’ll just eat what I want (in moderation – except chocolate).

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    What is a good diet for Gluten intolerance and allergies to preservatives.

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    Eat, drink and be merry. Use your natural senses to decide.

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    Sydney 70 try the Paleo diet, I’ve never felt better. In two years I’ve dropped 18 kg in weight without even trying and a lot of health problems have been resolved.

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    Hi Leon,

    I am curious as to your qualifications for making your claims, particularly because I am currently participating in Diabetes Australia program for prevention of diabetes 2 and their dietician with 5 years university study behind her said things totally opposite to your comments. Can you substantiate your claims with details of the actual “clinical trials” you cite?

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      I remember the bread and dripping days with ample salt to taste. Life was more simple then, no fads and “experts” telling us what is or what is not good for us. The individual should take responsibility for their own health and be guided by common sense. Good wholesome nourishing food is the answer. Yes we all deviate from our diets, but that is the fun part of being human. I like chocolate too, who doesn’t. Nobody will ever convince me that it is bad for your health (physical) as to balance the equation it is marvelous for ones mental health.

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      Thank you Sceptical. The first thing I did was look to see what qualifications this person had. Answer seems to be none. So why is he promoting red meat, eggs, milk, etc? One has to wonder.

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      5 years of university study just means 5 years of indoctrination by the sickness industry. Follow theses peoples advice at your peril!

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      Colours: It is not the writer’s words but the words he has extrapolated from the “clinical trials”. To make it clearer he should say who conducted these clinical trials.

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      yep have stuck to the diet my parents used, eat what you like in moderation. they were both in there nineties before shuffling off. yes niemakawa the bread and dripping with a bit of salt and pepper was a treat, all the different flavours from the dripping tin, never seemed to harm most people I grew up with.

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    I’m just waiting for the day recent studies prove that green, leafy vegetables are bad for you. It can’t be far off.

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    Very interesting!

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    I gave up chocolate for 8 years, it made no difference
    I now allow myself 5 squares on a Saturday night, and savour every minuscule bit
    the rest of the week I enjoy lots of salads laced with olive oil and balsamic, less protein than I used to have in my younger days and only 1 slice of grain bread a day, plus my morning porridge, it is not going to drop kilos overnight but I am seeing results in only 3 weeks and 3 days – yes I am counting… it is not easy especially after my serious lumbar surgery, but I have to be true to myself and hope springs eternal chin! chin! to all

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    Well Skeptical ( that says a lot in itself ). Foods come one way before humans interfere with them ………… mostly for purposes other than health. If you want to be healthy eat natural, organic un-GMO’d foods …………. Things like lite foods are full of fillers and badies to lower the fat ………….. You can’t trick your body ……. it knows real food from junk food and fake food ………… Would you feed your dog card board and wonder why it died? Would you put Gatorade in your car …….. and wonder why it didn’t perform? Life is simple real food is not available in diet form ………….. you have to limit quantaties …………….. but in the case of Medical Conditions you do have to take heed of Professionals until you can get back on an even keel ……….. then eat real foods.

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    I too am very sceptical about these comments. Nowhere does Leon state his qualifications to make these statements nor does he cite his sources. With few qualifications in food other than good health, I question many of his assertions. This sort of rubbish gives internet research a bad name because it adds to all the old furphies and is just plain wrong. I suggest that Your Life Choices stops publishing such rubbish unless it is properly researched and reviewed or else say it is an opinion and is not necessarily true!!!!

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      Well said. I am vegan for moral reasons (why should animals suffer for my palate when there are plenty of delicious plant-based alternatives?) but I do not claim to know which foods are “healthy” and wonder whether there are any solutions that fit all bodies. Posting these definitive articles by persons who seem to have no qualifications to make such claims is definitely unhelpful.

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