Healthy Foods Part II

 Part II   There is plenty of advertising bombarding us to buy and eat “healthy” foods. But are they really healthy? 

There are no magic bullets when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, and there is not a one-size-fits-all diet that will work for everyone. We can, however, follow good basic health principles to optimize our health and our lifestyle. In yesterday's article we covered the first 3 foods to avoid or to be cautious of: Yogurt, Soy, and Fish

The remaining 3 of the 7 Foods touted as “healthy” but wise to AVOID or to BE CAUTIOUS of and READ THE LABELS:

4.      Agave.  Most agave nectar or syrup is mostly laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup without nutritional value.  Depending on how it is processed, it may contain 55% to 90% fructose. Fructose is in many ways similar to alcohol in the damage that it can do to your body and your liver, and is metabolized directly to fat.  A natural herb, Stevia is a better sweetener choice.

5.      Veggie Chips.  These are nothing more than glorified potato chips highly processed and cooked at high heat. They are devoid of nutrients and a tasteless chemical by-product acrylamide is formed. Studies have shown that exposure to acrylamide increases risk to cancer. Instead, snack on fresh veggies like carrots or celery sticks, bell pepper strips, and radishes for great fiber and nutritional values.

6.      Fruit Juice.  Fruit juices contain so much fructose that the negative benefits far outweigh the good.  Also rarely mentioned is methanol toxicity in preserved juice.  Whole fruits do contain fructose and they are also rich in fiber, antioxidants and other healthy phytochemicals that have not been destroyed by pasteurization. The fiber in whole fruit helps to slow down the rapid and exaggerated rise in insulin.

7.      Gluten-Free Foods.    Gluten is a protein found in grains like rye, wheat, barley that can cause the immune system to attack the intestines in people with celiac and the thyroid for those with Hashimoto’s. It is estimated that as many as 30-40% of the population are gluten sensitive. Studies have shown gluten can negatively impact a person’s mood and brain health. Gluten Free products widely available now in grocery stores and in restaurants might seem like great options until you begin to check out their ingredients. Many are high in sugar and highly processed junk food and still contain gluten from cross-contamination during processing.

For more information about healthy foods and lifestyle call 480-325-6977 for a free consultation at Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center. The doctors are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonists, providing gentle, precise care for families for over 15 years. Improve your health now, don’t wait for a major illness or crisis to hit.

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