The Shocking Truth About “Healthy” Food

Be Alert!

Just because a food is in the health food section of your local supermarket, doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. You need to ask more questions about the food your’e eating.

Always check the labels. Look out for the amount of sugar in the food. You might find that, “healthy ” food is stated as being low fat, however it can often be high in sugar. Check your muesli bars, breakfast cereals and yogurt!

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Some people like to have fruit juice for breakfast thinking they’re being healthy. The problem with  fresh squeezed fruit juices is that they are full of sugar. When juice is squeezed, the fibre is removed and you end up drinking a lot of sugar. Think about it, it may take 5-8 oranges to make a full glass of juice. You would probably struggle to eat 5-8 oranges in the morning. The fibre in the orange fills you up, which means you don’t eat as many.

The better option is to blend the fruit and make a smoothie, that way your getting the fibre along with the fruit sugar and it will fill you up, and you wont eat as much sugar.

Too much sugar is bad for you and it is believed to contribute to the growth of cancer. Check out “The Truth About Cancer” book by Ty Bolliger.

 

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Is Low fat good for you?

Yes and no!

The body does need fats, however you need to make sure that the fats that you eat are “good fats”. Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats and even Saturated fats are now believed to be Good fats. They can be found in olive oil, butter, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds. Bad fats, known as transfats, can be found in processed foods such as cakes, fast food, baked goods., fried food vegetable oil and canola oil.

To learn more about the updated truths about good vs bad fats check out Dr Mark Hyman’s book, “Eat Fat Get Thin”, which explains why saturated fats got such a bad rap and why now the thinking has completely reversed.

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Be careful of pre-packaged foods that you may think are healthy. For example, instant oats, especially the flavoured ones. Oats are generally good for you, however, when they come pre-packed in convenient sachets with added flavours then the alarm bells should be ringing. They have more sugar and sodium than rolled oats or steel cut oats. Your best option is go with the natural oats and favour it up with natural fruits and nuts. and sweeten with honey.

And since were taking pre-packaged, best to avoid the Gluten free packaged goods. Although some may actually be healthy, they’re nearly all processed. If you want Gluten free you cant go wrong choosing fresh fruit and vegetables.

I believe in everything in moderation, so the occasional treat isn’t going to hurt you unless you have a specific medical condition and your doctor has advised you to avoid specific foods. But for most of us, the occasional “bad food” wont hurt. Just make sure that the majority of time, you’re eating true healthy  fresh food. That would  include your fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds etc. Not  highly processed sugary foods!

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To Your Success,

Katherine

Note: “Essential Nutrition Tips” does not offer medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have medical concerns please consult your doctor. See Full Disclaimer.

 

 

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