Many popular foods that are promoted as healthy are actually quite the opposite. Food marketers make exaggerated health claims that, once they are repeated often enough, become truths in the eyes of consumers.
Common examples include fruit juice, oatmeal, chicken broth, and vegetable oils. If you want to follow a healthy diet, these products are best left on the supermarket shelves.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that fruit juice is a healthy beverage, especially for children. Unfortunately, juice has proven to be no healthier than soda. Studies show that children who drink juice regularly have an increased risk of obesity and other developmental problems.
Taking fruit outside of its natural form, fruit juice is loaded with sugar from many pieces of fruit. Fiber that slows down the absorption of sugar is removed with the pulp.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that a product contains no added sugar; fructose, the sugar found in fruit, travels straight to the fat cells. It elevates triglycerides and is the preferred nourishment of cancer cells.
Food manufacturers have done an excellent job convincing people that oatmeal is a healthy whole food. In reality, it is a sugar-spiking grain that sends your blood glucose levels as high as 200 mg/dL. This is a quick way to gain weight and generate other metabolic issues.
A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast doesn’t promote sustained fullness. Several hours after eating it, blood sugar levels drop and produce hunger pains along with a strong appetite.
Compare an oatmeal breakfast with one consisting of bacon and eggs. This high-protein breakfast doesn’t spike blood sugar levels and leaves you feeling satiated for longer, taking away cravings for sugary snacks.
Chicken broth is a delicious superfood and a traditional elixir for colds and flu. This magic soup is filled with compounds and minerals that support healthy immune function, build strong bones, relieve joint pain, and promote youthful skin.
Commercial broths are inferior knock-offs. They are watered down and often flavored with MSG. Once you make your own bone broth at home, you will notice the stark contrast between your creation and the products found in stores.
True bone broth that has been cooked in a slow cooker or on the stove contains gelatin, which gives it a thick consistency after it is chilled. This is proof of its gelatin content, which is a precious nutrient that provides a large portion of the broth’s health benefits.
About a hundred years ago, people began trading in their candle wicks for light switches. The candle industry experienced a steep decline in sales, so they came up with an interesting plan: get people to cook with the vegetable oils that were once used in their products.
A successful marketing campaign convinced many people that these oils were healthier alternatives to animal fats. This illusion still continues today as research demonstrates the dangers of industrialized vegetable oils, yet fails to prove that animal fats cause disease.
Vegetable oils are processed using chemicals like hexane and other hazardous materials. Those labeled organic do not use hexane, but use other toxic materials.
Polyunsaturated fats are delicate and easily oxidized. Oxidation produces a cascade of free radicals that leads to cancer and heart disease.
The human body requires a close balance of omega-6 and omega-3, but these oils are unnaturally high in omega-6. Since vegetable oils are in virtually all processed foods, the average American diet contains about 15 to 20 times more omega-6 than omega-3, increasing risks of heart disease and cancer.
Nature provides an abundance of foods that promote well-being; industry does not. To maintain a healthy weight and avoid disease, skip the deceitful labels and choose naturally nutritious whole foods.