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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid

Which marketing tactics have we fallen prey too?


I used to just take people at their word when they said that certain foods were healthy. Then I started doing my own research, and discovered that a lot of foods that are marketed as healthy are actually the exact opposite of that. We all know that we should limit junk food – it’s common sense. The problem is that we have been coerced by clever marketing tactics for many years, into eating foods that we believe to be healthy; when in fact, they are doing our body, and our health far more harm than good. Here are some of the foods that we should be avoiding, despite believing that we are opting for healthy alternatives:

5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid

Cow Milk

Got milk? Absolutely not!

Since we were children, we’ve been fed the bogus message that ‘milk gives us strong bones’ and ‘does a body good’ because of the calcium it contains. The marketing continues, despite the mountains of evidence that counteract this argument and show that people who consume a high quantity of dairy sustain more fractures than those who drink a small amount.

Us humans were simply not designed to drink milk. Past infancy we don’t produce Lactase, the enzyme that aids the digestion of the milk sugar lactose – which is why milk can have such an adverse effect on our digestive system. On top of that, like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.

This, coupled with all the antibiotics the cows are given, the saturated fat that milk contains and the fact that milk protein casein encourages mucus production…milk is definitely something that we should avoid.

While of course, calcium contributes to our bone, nerve and muscle health, there are other sources of calcium that give it to us in an alkalyne form where our body can actually use it. Kale, edamame beans, almonds and even broccoli are all incredibly rich in calcium, fibre and phytochemicals. Add them to your daily green juice or smoothie and you’ll actually be ‘doing your body good’.

5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid

Soy Milk

Often, when women decide to avoid dairy, they reach for the most common substitute – soy milk. Soy milk is high in phytoestrogens; these are plant compounds that the body treats as oestrogen and studies have shown that soy milk can cause hormonal disruption within women’s bodies. Now I know that there is only so much that a man can comment on women’s hormones, so I will stick to the facts – playing havoc with oestrogen levels can result in weight gain and dry skin.

Soy milk is usually comprised of genetically modified, synthetic ingredients grown using pesticides and herbicides; basically, things that we do not need to be putting into our body. Soy is also high is phytic acid – a composite that reduces the body’s ability to absorb calcium, zinc and magnesium.

All in all? Avoid soy products and opt for nut products instead.

If you are looking for a dairy alternative, the best option is to make them at home. I know, I know, yet another element to add to your weekly meal prep – but your body will thank you for it! These videos show you how to make almond and coconut milk from the comfort of your own home.

Of course, these non-dairy milks can be bought in stores, but the problem is that they too, fall prey to being pumped full of undesirable ingredients such as emulsifiers, which give them its creamy consistency. Emulsifiers can also be found in foods such as creamy salad dressings, baby formula, mayonnaise and ice cream. Emulsifiers are linked to poor gut health because these ingredients alter the natural microbes that live in the gut. In case you weren’t aware, your gut is the most important part of your body; it controls everything from your immune system, to how many nutrients you absorb from your food, to your skin and mood and more!

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 45 Comments

  1. Nancy Smith

    Meat and carbonated drinks are expected. But honey, and milk? Lol. Didn’t see that coming.

  2. Cries Moris

    I know that those food are unhealthy, but I still want to eat them. It’s not bad to eat unhealthy food once in a while because they are a pleasure to me.

  3. Quin Meri

    You can please people to avoid these foods. What if they can’t eat vegetable food? Not all people are the same, we all have different stomachs.

  4. Mildred Davis

    You can’t avoid eating this food, especially dairy food. Just lessen it. You’ll get hungry if you avoid it.

    • Anila William

      Yes. Just like me, I tried eating veggie, but I ended up throwing up.

  5. Monique Malick

    OMG! Thank you, Hilary. I didn’t expect that honey is the number one food that we should avoid.

    • Jenifer Jeni

      I didn’t expect that too. I am shocked about this one as well.

  6. Jossen Row

    My wife is a vegetarian, and I am not. I do like meat, specifically beef. I’m not a fan of veggie food, and this article has no effect on me, but my wife is glaring at me. Lol

  7. Healthy food? There’s nothing of that in today’s generation lol.

  8. Jodi Thil

    Milk? Seriously? You’re not kidding me, right?

    • Linda Williams

      There’s a viral video on the social media about the cows at the dairy farm. It is gross, and you’ll never drink any milk again after watching that. 😂

  9. Candis Melton

    Thank God, I’m a vegetarian. Hahaha. I never tried drinking carbonated drinks because it can ruin my stomach.

  10. Joss Butler

    Can you elaborate what types of meat? Just to clarify things.

  11. Carol Joyner

    I always drink coke diet because I thought that it has a less sugar.

  12. Carrie Bleau

    Imagine your life without milk. I can’t imagine my life without that. Huhuhu

  13. Wilma Moore

    Because the government only prioritize the money from the manufacturers. The manufacturers lie because they know how stupid we all are.

  14. I will share this article with my sister. She’s a fan of yours, and if you’re a vegetarian, I think she’ll going to become one too.

  15. Don’t get fooled if you see “Natural” on their labels. They aren’t true.

  16. Lancy Stanford

    Seriously??? Even Soy Milk??? Cmon!!! I thought it is better than milk!!!

  17. Marina Josef

    Even honey? My dad always uses honey. He believes that mixing honey with his food makes it healthier.

    • Luisa Rodriguez

      Ask your dad, if he’s buying at the farm, or at the supermarket.

  18. Robert Patel

    Lol. My mom threw away all the milk in our house when I shared it with her. 😂 She also banned the milk delivery boy in our house.

  19. Marina Bozek

    Cmon, I am so tired of reading articles like this. They label it the wrong way because they want to take an advantage.

  20. Jesse Wyss

    When I was a child, I always eat junk food and carbonated drinks. I got hospitalized because of UTI. After that incident, I never eat junk foods again.

  21. Yuliya Bruce

    I can’t imagine my life without dairy products. Butter, cheese, and milk? OMG!!!! My morning is not complete without milk. What are the alternative for milk, btw?

  22. Frederica Pellman

    You really do have to “read the fine print” on everything – it may be annoying, but it’s much more annoying to have your body malfunction. Nothing is more important than a healthy mind in a healthy body!

  23. How can we avoid that food if that’s the only food that we can eat? Whenever I eat vegetables, my stomach gets upset, and I vomit.

  24. Jurik Smith

    I never believe in non-fat, and sugar-free labels on food that I bought in the supermarket. That is just a tactic so that consumers will buy their food.

  25. Selli Coaze

    Diet coke? HAHAHA! LOL. Diet coke, is still coke. It is still carbonated drink that contains chemicals that can destroy some of your organs.

  26. Hena Taylor

    Then if all of these are unhealthy, what are we going to eat? I am not a fan of vegetable food, and I guess a little bit of meat is not bad, right?

  27. Jessi Agusta

    Yeah. I expect meat in this article. Meat are never healthy, have you seen how do those animals live before getting chopped, and sold?

    • Ani Hoker

      I’ve watched documentaries about this, and pork is the most disgusting one.

  28. Paul Daiz

    My wife and I always ensure that we eat healthy foods. We are not getting younger anymore, and eating healthy food is the only way to avoid getting sick, and have a stronger immune system.

  29. Bela Christo

    Food at the supermarket contains a lot of preservatives. Don’t expect healthy food in that kind of place.

  30. Companies never accurately label the real containents of many food products… That’s how the suppliers fool the consumers to earn more money. 🙁

  31. Cristina Joseff

    Oh crap. Are these foods unhealthy? I always drink milk or soy milk.

    • They are! It’s best to switch to nut milks, like pea, oat, almond, hazelnut or hemp milk. Pea or hemp is the best, if you can find it. Pea has the most protein.

    • Katherine Donnelly

      I think so.

  32. Maria Bruce

    I want to cut down my sugar. Any suggestions?

    • It’s really just willpower. And recognizing that most juice, bread and pastries are seen as sugar by your body. Try switching to healthier alternatives, like water with a cider vinegar added, or berry smoothies. You can use frozen organic berries to make it easier.

  33. Ana Brose

    Thanks for the insights!

  34. Jeni Morgan

    I’m soooo lost!

    • Everyone is until they spend some time learning and researching. Don’t worry — it gets easier, and it’s worth the time spent!

  35. I consume a LOT of REAL milk (like goat milk). Do you think it’s bad?!

    • Absolutely! You would have better skin, more energy, and be much healthier if you switch to a plant milk, like pea, hazelnut, oat, almond or hemp milk.

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