Do you eat healthy foods? Many people think that they eat healthy foods because they are not eating fast food, chips, and cookies and as long as they are stick to products with buzzwords like “organic,” “fat-free” and “natural”.
Unfortunately, eating smart involves more than just avoiding notoriously unhealthy foods and sticking to healthy foods. In fact, many foods that sound nutritious are not actually good for you. To makes things a little easier for you, here’s a list of the top health foods you should never eat.
1. Soy Protein: Contrary to popular belief, soy products are not healthy for you; at least, that is, unfermented soy. Fermented soy is one thing. But eating edamame, soy milk, and soy protein is quite another. It’s generally accepted that long-term use of soy dietary supplements like soy protein is unsafe because it has been linked to the many health problems including, Asthma, Breast cancer, Cystic fibrosis, Endometrial cancer, and Kidney disease. All of these reasons are great reasons why soy is definitely one of the health foods you should never eat.
2. Shark: We are always advised to eat fish as it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. But Shark is one of the exceptions. Despite having an omega-3 fat content similar to tuna, shark contains almost three times the amount of mercury. Tilefish is another high mercury/low omega-3 fish that should be avoided.
3. Margarine: The initial idea was that margarine was lower in saturated fats than butter, so it would protect heart health. But we now know that’s not true. Sadly, trans fats were the original fats used in margarines. Trans fats are responsible for about 50,000 fatal heart attacks a year. Trans fat also increases someone’s risk of developing type II diabetes and several other severe health problems. While trans fats have since been removed from most margarines, it’s important to note that most contain industrial, highly processed fats that would never be found in nature.
4. Artificial Sweeteners: Being “artificial,” you’d think fake sweeteners would be used cautiously by people. Unfortunately, many doctors recommend them because they are supposedly safe for diabetics because they are low on the glycemic index. Ironically, new research has shown that artificial sweeteners causes a disturbance in gut flora and can actually cause diabetes.