Most people would think that the following foods fall into the healthy category. In reality, these foods are not good for you and I will expain why.
SOY: Many people are trying to avoid cow’s dairy these days due to the way the milk is produced in factory farms. There are many toxic elements to milk so people are seeking a healthy alternative. Soy milk is advertised as a good option. Soy is not a good option unless it is organic and fermented so soy milk is out of the question. Many soy products are made from GMO (genetically modfied organisms) which in and of itself is not a good thing. The only fermented soy product I use is tempeh and I only consume it once in a while as a good meat alternative. Regarding the soy milk and other soy products such as tofu, there have been many studies linking soy to digestive problems, thyroid disfunction, infertility, immune system weakness, heart disease, cancer and hormonal issues. If you are looking for a good milk for cereal, cooking and drinking there are some good options out there. Try almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk and maybe even flax milk. It is really easy to make your own nut milk at home. This is the best alternative. At least then you know you are getting raw, organic nuts with pure spring water and no added perservatives.
AGAVE NECTAR: This thick sweet syrup has become very mainstream in the health food industry. But don’t kid yourself…it is not healthy. I use to enjoy agave nectar as my sweetener but in my journey down the health food path I have learned otherwise. One of my favorite health guru’s, DR. JOSEPH MERCOLA, believes that agave nectar is almost the same as high fructose corn syrup which is highly processed and loaded with fructose. I don’t eat a lot of sweet foods other than raw, organic fruit. But if I am looking for a sweet treat I am more likely to use stevia, yacon syrup, dates, coconut sugar or xylitol as the ingredient for sweetness.
FRUIT JUICE: I see so many people sipping on grocery store brand cranberry juice or processed orange juice and the sad thing is that they think they are doing themselves some good. Wrong. Fruit juices are straight sugar to your body. The fruits they originated from have been stripped of fiber and it is the fiber in fruit that is the important part of consuming fruit. I eat my fruit, fresh, organic and in it’s natural form. If I do drink any fruit in a juice I add an apple or a pear to my morning green juice or I add frozen berries or a frozen banana to my occasional smoothie. The fiber in fruit helps to slow down the release of the fructose into your blood stream preventing a spike in your blood sugar.
STORE MADE SALAD DRESSINGS: You see them lining the shelves of your grocery store…many different kinds of ready made and convenient salad dressings. These dressings are not healthy as you may think they are. They are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, bad oils and artificial flavours. Your best bet when it comes to salad dressing is to invest your time in making your own from scratch with good oil, zero sugar, no artificial ingredients. A good vinaigrette is so easy to make with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, herbs, garlic and a bit of himalayan salt and pepper. Make a big batch and keep it in your refrigerator. Ready when needed. There are so many healthy options for topping your favorite salad greens.
PEANUT BUTTER: Okay…time to get serious about what you are putting on your toast in the morning or serving your children at lunch. Grocery store brand peanut butter is not healthy. It is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, inferior peanuts which most likely have the mold “aflotoxin” on them which is harmful to the liver. There is plenty of sodium added and the oils are partially hydrogenated cottonseed and rapeseed oil (canola). Cottonseed is often used as a pesticide. It is 50% Omega 6 fatty acid with a trace amount of Omega 3. This imbalance is unhealthy if overconsumed. Plus the polyunsaturated fats can go rancid during extraction. Rapeseed contains erucic acid which is toxic to humans in large doses. This oil is linked to problems with asthma and hay fever sufferers. Homemade peanut butter or health food store freshed pressed peanuts are the best options. Think about this next time you make a peanut butter and jam sandwich.