3 Unhealthy Health Foods
(Quick note – If you’re more in the mood for some foods you should be eating, click here and read this list)
A favorite pastime of mine is critiquing marketing messages by “Big Food.”
Actually that’s a total lie. It’s not a favorite pastime; it’s actually maddening and gives me high blood pressure.
“Big Food” is full of lying liars whose pants are so on fire they make members of Congress look like sweet heavenly angels and are constantly trumpeting unhealthy health foods as being “good.”
These are the same people who are constantly tinkering with foods trying to create the perfect balance of sugar, salt and fat that makes our brain go loco and sets us up to constantly crave their manufactured foods (more on this topic later).
Some foods are better than others in helping you lose weight (or gain it), or maintain a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. This you know.
But did you also know there are certain foods dubbed as “healthy” or “okay” by some experts, and lots of marketing hype, when in fact they’re unhealthy gut bomb foods?
Here’s a quick list of 3 unhealthy health foods.
1. Regular Peanut Butter
I love peanut butter. I have some most days of the week with the homemade protein bars Andrea whips up (which are mighty, mighty tasty!).
Peanut butter can be a very good food, but…
… You have to read the label and make sure it’s not perverted.
What does that mean?
REAL peanut butter should contain1 or 2 things – peanuts and a little salt. The problem is that most big name peanut butters (even ones that claim to be “all natural”) load their jars up with extra sugar, vegetable oils and preservatives
Why the oil? Because when the peanuts are ground down, they remove the peanut oil and add in cheap vegetable oil and too much vegetable oil is a BAD thing. What do they do with the peanut oil? I have no idea, but I’m guessing it’s valuable so they sell it off or use it in something else that’s more profitable.
Why the added sugar? I’m guessing it’s because the removal of the peanut oil and addition of the vegetable oil messes with the natural taste so they have to make it more palatable and sugar makes everything taste better.
That type of peanut butter is BAD and will make you gain weight, and can even mess with your blood profile due to the vegetable oils and unhealthy fats.
Get the good stuff. If you pay attention in the grocery store (and it only takes once), you’ll probably even find that the good stuff isn’t that much more expensive than the bad stuff.
2. Yogurt with Fruit (pre-packaged)
Yogurt is fine. If you add blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to all-natural yogurt, that’s even better and is a great snack if you want to lose weight, but purchasing small containers of yogurt with fruit already in it is bad mamba jamba.
Why? Because that fruit is nearly rotten. There’s no way in hell you’d eat that fruit if it was available separate from the yogurt. It would be mushy, the coloring would be dull and lifeless and would be one step away from the trash can.
They also add extra sugar to the container to make that concoction taste better, which is another baddie.
If you want yogurt, that’s fine, but add the fruit yourself. That way you KNOW it’s quality fruit and you KNOW there’s no added sugar to the mixture
3. Fruit Juice
Fruit = good.
Fruit juice = bad and sometimes it’s as bad as the devil, which makes it a wicked unhealthy health food…
Why? Because fruit juice is sugar water with a few vitamins (if any).
I know I’ve said many, many times before that you should never fear fruit when trying to lose weight, or maintain a healthy lifestyle, but fruit and fruit juice are NOT the same thing.
Fruit has fiber. Fruit has living vitamins and phytonutrients. Fruit takes time to eat and can help fill you up or keep you full.
Fruit juice has little or not fiber. Fruit juice has little in usable vitamins because many of them die in the juicing, bottling, transportation and shelving process, which means all that’s left is the water and sugar. Fruit juice is drank in gulp while also eating – which will double or triple the calorie intake. Fruit juice is sweet (sweeter than the real fruit) which means you’ll start to crave it more and more and want it even if you’re not thirsty.
I’m mainly talking about store-bought fruit juice. If you make your own fruit juice, and it still has fiber and you drink it within a short time after juicing, you should be fine. The fruit juice you buy from the store is mostly perverted and has little resemblance to the actual fruit is claims to be.
Hopefully my rationale for these 3 foods made sense to you and you understand that they are truly unhealthy health foods. Again, I’m not telling you to avoid peanut butter, yogurt or fruit, but these variations of those foods are unhealthy and will not help get you closer to your weight loss goals…in fact, they’ll probably take you further away.
Use the variations I told you about and you’ll be much better off, not only for my weight loss perspective, but from an overall lifestyle perspective.
Let me know if there are any other foods you’re curious about. The grocery store is FULL of unhealthy health foods and sometimes you need an outside perspective to help you find out which ones are good and which are bad.