Healthy Foods

  Part I   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 foods and 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. Foods that are whole, the way it comes from nature and are minimally processed and grown locally and organic, if possible, are the healthy food choices to build your meal around. As much as possible, minimize your intake of convenience foods as they are typically high in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial coloring and flavors and genetically modified ingredients. These are empty calories that provide no nutritional value to your body and are much of the reason we have an obesity epidemic in America.

The first 3 Foods touted as “healthy” but wise to AVOID or USE CAUTION:

1.       Yogurt.  Yogurt can be a good source of protein, calcium, beneficial probiotics and B vitamins – but it is often loaded with sugar, artificial coloring and flavors, sweeteners and additives. For example, a six ounce container of Yoplait flavored yogurt may contain 26 grams of sugar, or over 5 teaspoons!  Many yogurts do not even meet the standards for real yogurt.  The negatives far outweigh the benefits that the yogurt might have. Sugar destroys healthy gut flora and leads to chronic diseases and obesity.

2.      Fish. Fish has always been a good source of protein and omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Unfortunately, as the levels of pollution increase so does the danger of eating fish. You want to be very selective of the fish you choose. Farmed fish have the same problems as any concentrated animal feeding operations that include pollution, disease and inferior nutritional quality. Best choice is wild-caught Alaskan and sockeye salmon.

3.      Soy.  Unfermented soy mimics the effects of the female hormone estrogen and has been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. An increased risk of breast cancer is another potential hazard especially if you’re exposed to high amounts since birth. One of the worst problems with soy comes from the fact that 94% of soy grown in the US is genetically modified.  Fermented soy products such as natto, tempeh and traditionally made soy sauce have healthy benefits that do not wreak havoc on the body.

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.  To view the full article 

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