There are a lot of food products out there that seem to pop up repeatedly in our daily diets. We eat them on a regular basis because we are told that they are healthy alternatives, can assist in weight loss or that they are a convenient and easy way to get nutrients. The 5 foods below are those that I see consumed the most and have been on the healthy list for many, many years…. but really shouldn’t be.
1. Lean Cuisines: We eat them for weight loss.
These products are keeping us fat! I counted 52 ingredients on one of the boxes – two of them being HFCS and trans fat! Reducing calories contributes to weight GAIN in the long run and the excess chemicals found in these frozen meals add to the toxic load on our liver, which reduces our ability to lose weight.
Alternative: For lunch, bring in leftovers or, when planning out the week, take a few hours on Sunday to cook meats, boil eggs and cut veggies. Preparing our own food will greatly reduce our chemical exposure and in turn, reduce the load on our liver.
2. Granola Bars: We eat them because they’re quick & nutritious.
Once again, here’s a chemical overload! I found approximately 39 ingredients in the Quaker Chewy variety. It’s also high in carbohydrates (sugar). This is a processed food and metabolizing all those ingredients puts a strain on our systems. There is no nutritional value in this product – empty calories.
Alternative: Nuts… of any kind. They are a whole food, just as convenient and contain healthy fats and proteins.
3. Cold Breakfast Cereals: We eat them for nutrients and convenvience.
A multi-billion dollar industry and what we really end up with is wheat that gets put through a process called “extrusion”. High heat turns the wheat into puffs and essentially destroys the nutrients, denatures the fatty acids and turns the proteins into neurotoxins. They are advertised as healthy because of the synthetic vitamins that are added at the end of processing. Most cereals are made of over 50% sugar.
Alternative: Although real protein for breakfast is always best… if you’re looking for a cereal, try steal-cut oats. It has one ingredient!
4. Orange Juice: A breakfast staple and full of vitamin C.
The conventional orange is sprayed heavily with pesticides that are very toxic to the nervous system. Since the whole orange gets put into the machine, what we’re left with is a pretty toxic drink.
Alternative: Skip the orange juice if you’re trying to lose weight. If you can’t live without it… squeeze your own from organic oranges.
5. Commercial, Organic Milk: It’s healthy and helps keep bones strong.
All commercial milk, regardless of whether it’s organic or not, is burnt. There is nothing left in the milk after pasteurization and homogenization – including the natural enzymes that facilitate digestion. It’s not a mystery why more and more people (including children) are lactose intolerant – we can’t digest this stuff!
Alternative: Raw milk contains all the nutrients and enzymes our bodies need, however, because the milk industry is so dirty, raw milk is illegal in many states. Check out www.realmilk.com to find where you can find raw milk or the closest thing to it. Unless you know a farmer, options are unfortunately slim.