6 “Healthy Foods” You Should Never Eat Again

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Some common “health foods” are anything but healthy and can actually work against you. When you take steps to remove them from your regular diet, you’ll be helping to avoid the negative consequences that come with repeated use.

These so called “healthy foods” are actually horrible for you. Try to avoid these 6 surprisingly unhealthy foods at all costs.

1. Protein Bars

protein barsSeen as a better alternative to a candy bar, post-workout protein bars often contain just as much sugar and more questionable ingredients. If you’re strength training in an effort to build muscle and increase your metabolism, it can be disheartening to see what’s really in that protein bar you’ve been eating.

Because protein bars are linked so closely to a healthy lifestyle, it’s interesting to see how some of the largest protein bar manufacturers have managed to convince users of their efficacy. These bars generally point to the high number of grams of protein they contain, as well as amino acids and other healthy features, while downplaying the use of chemicals, additives, preservatives, and conventional ingredients.

Better Alternatives: Make your own all-natural protein bars so you can have quality control over what goes into them.

2. Soy-Based Foods

soy is bad for youFoods made from soybeans are often viewed as healthy options, like tofu as a replacement for beef or chicken in a vegetarian diet, or soy milk as a replacement for cow’s milk. But there are some aspects of soy foods that are cause for concern, like its link to breast cancer and the problems it can cause men due to its estrogen content.

The debate goes on as to whether soybeans pose a threat or improve our health, with studies found to support both sides.

Interestingly enough, most of the pro-soybean data was generated by the soy industry, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Companies that had a meteoric rise with the increased popularity of soy will put up a fight to keep sales up.

Better Alternatives: Almond milk serves as a better replacement for both cow’s milk and soy milk. Check ingredient labels to see if soy has been added unnecessarily, and opt for soy-free foods when possible.

3. Corn

cornCorn is often viewed as a healthy food, but it’s becoming more common knowledge that this is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to GMOs. The corn industry is huge, and the government gives subsidies to farmers to grow more and more of it. That’s why food manufacturers have found different ways to use it, such as corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup.

The seeds used to grow conventional corn have been genetically modified so herbicides and pesticides are built right in. As if that wasn’t enough, the crops are sprayed with chemicals as the corn grows, and watered with water that can have any number of harmful substances in it. To keep the corn fresh on its way to market it will be sprayed with preservatives so that it doesn’t go bad before you buy it.

Better Alternatives: Organic corn can be enjoyed on a healthy diet, and will be free of GMOs and other harmful chemicals found in conventional corn.

4. Flavored Yogurt

flavored yogurtPlain, organic yogurt may be used as part of a healthy diet, but when you opt for conventional flavored yogurt you’re not doing your body any favors. Conventional yogurt uses milk from cows that have been treated with growth hormones as well as antibiotics to keep them from getting sick in their cramped living quarters. It will get its fruit flavoring from artificial flavors and the sugar it contains will be heavily refined.

Also avoid any yogurt labeled light or lite, as these will contain artificial sweeteners that can wreak havoc on your health, producing short term effects on the brain and long-term effects that aren’t known yet. Your best bet for yogurt is going as natural as possible when you’re in the dairy section of the supermarket.

Better Alternatives: Plain organic yogurt will be free of artificial sweeteners and flavors, and if it does contain sugar it will be in its natural form.

5. Canned Vegetables

canned veggiesEating vegetables sounds pretty healthy, but not when you’re getting a serving of BPAs along with them. Conventional vegetables stored in a can have the potential of absorbing BPAs used in the manufacturing of the can. They’ll also contain GMOs unless they’re labeled organic.

You’ll start to see more and more canned foods with a BPA-free label as food manufacturers respond to public demand, but until then you’ll have to take matters into your own hand if you want to be on the safe side. It’s never a good idea to wait around for Big Food to fix a problem, as they will drag their feet and put up a fight if it means an increase in production costs.

Better Alternatives: Buy organic veggies fresh or frozen to avoid potential problems from BPA-containing cans, or look for BPA-free labeling on canned foods you buy.

6. Sports Drinks

sports drinksMarketed as a way to help your body recover after a strenuous workout that involved a lot of sweating, or as a way to give you an edge during a sports competition, sports drinks still enjoy huge popularity. Many of these drinks contain nearly as much sugar than a soda, and until recently contained high fructose corn syrup.

Even the salt that is added to sports drinks is questionable. It’s not pink Himalayan salt, the kind with natural electrolytes, it’s industrial grade salt that serves to increase sodium levels. Give your body what it really needs in the form of real salt, not the processed and refined substance referred to as “salt” on the ingredients list of major sports drinks.

Better Alternatives: You can make your own sports drinks to help replenish the body and refuel it after an intense cardio workout or sporting event.

Users Comments:

  • barb

    So….although I enjoyed the heads up about some foods, WHY the picture of healthy green peas with the title about foods you should not eat. It implies that peas are one of the foods. That was a sneaky way to get people to read this IMO. Just saying!

  • Reserved

    Regarding soy beans. We feed our son when he was a baby with soy milk instead of any other baby formula. My son is now 15 years old and is very short since he developed pre-mature development (not sure if those are correct words in English). Just in case I did read in the internet one possible cause could be feeding our boy with Soy as we did, not sure that is the cause, but I wanted to mention just in case.

    • Christine Zook

      My son was lactose intolerant and had to be on a soy based formula. He grew up to be 6’4, so soymilk was probably not bad for your son.

    • Jan

      The peas pictured above are canned peas. It’s not the pea that is the trouble. It’s peas out of a can that could contain BPAs or GMOs.

  • Elizabeth

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  • Micah

    My only real problem with this article is the issue with soy. The “controversy ” over phytoestrogens is actually been debunked time and time again. All plants have phyroestrogens in them, not just soy . And several years ago the soy industry themselves set out to prove that shot was a good estrogen replacement therapy, remember those supplements? Well interestingly enough they proved themselves wrong and found that the estrogen levels were far to weak to impact hormone levels. That’s why the supplements were pulled from the marketplace. Soy has been utilized in Asian diets longer than we have been a nation, and their cancer levels were almost nonexistent until western diets began influencing their lifestyles.

    • Darren

      yes…but the soy that was grown years ago wasn’t GM and didn’t have the chemical sprays they use on it now…the spray that kills ALL other weeds etc EXCEPT the soy plant! that’s not healthy……

  • katwoo2

    Soy may have been used for generations in the Far East but it was always fermented to break down the plant lectins which make it indigestible. Soy was also used as a condiment in the same way we use salt and pepper, not as large parts of the diet.

  • John

    The fact that soy has been vilified is work of the meat companies…soy is actuall protective against many cancers including breast and prostate….get your facts straight…

  • Bonanza

    I eat none of them… Thanks god…

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