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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid

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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid

Sugar-Free, Fat-Free, Light and Low Fat Foods

Diet drinks are a guilt-free alternative to drinks filled with table sugar, right? WRONG. This is a big misconception.

Diet Coke has been targeting women since 1982 and is currently ranked as the 2nd most popular carbonated drink in the world (regular Coke being the 1st). Still, in today’s health-conscious society we are happy to drink the Its-Not-Sugar-Its-Packed-With-Highly-Addictive-Aspartame-Instead beverage.

Aspartame. (#Yuk!!)

Let’s just stop for a minute and consider the 80s – a lot of bad decisions were made in the 80’s. Perms and leg warmers were bought is large quantities, along with Diet Coke. The fact that its name included the word diet meant that it almost immediately appealed to the weight-loss-obsessed set; and here began the mass onslaught of diet, fat free, and sugar free foods.

Let’s get one thing straight – fat is not the enemy. Our body needs fats for energy, for hormone synthesis, for healthy skin and hair and to protects our vital organs. Of course, not all fats are made equal and should be consumed in moderation. It’s the same with sugar. Sugary foods are extremely unhealthy and will lead to numerous health conditions — but lowfat, fat-free, and sugar-free foods are NOT the answer. These foods are packed to the brim with synthetic chemical sweeteners, salt, MSG and additives to make up for the change in taste.

At the end of the day, these foods are not made with your health in mind; they are made with large profits in mind by praying on people’s weight-related insecurities… and they don’t contain quality, wholesome ingredients because these would impact profit margins. Research has shown that artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar at inducing insulin sensitivity and they actually promote weight gain due to metabolic confusion. The body isn’t fooled by ‘empty calories’ and the cravings for energy continues, giving you the munchies and making you consume more calleries overall.

Hey – you know what? Eat the cookie! A treat here and there is good for the soul and isn’t going to impact your health; no one wants to be around a ‘hangry’ person.

5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid

Honey

There is an element of truth to the ‘honey is healthier’ message that we have been bombarded with: Honey in its raw form, from a farmers market or farm shop, will contain free-radical-blocking antioxidants, is organic, and is free from the nasty antibiotics given to commercial bees. This makes is a much better choice than table sugar.

In contrast, much of the honey sold in supermarkets is chemically refined and excessively heated, meaning that the natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are destroyed, and nothing healthy is left in the product.

If this wasn’t enough to put you off the golden nectar – wait for the next part.

Honey is mainly comprised of fructose, which can’t be used as a fuel source by the body like glucose can. It’s shuttled straight to the liver and is stored in the cells as fat, where it produces waste products such as uric acid that can lead to gout. All this and a bit of insulin resistance (a precursor for diabetes) thrown in — ain’t NOBODY got time for that!

If you do need a sweet fix now and then, opt for fruit, which does contain fructose, just less concentrated, plus you also get the added benefit of fibre!

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 61 Comments

  1. Francis Armstrong

    These are just a few of the food out on the market that advertised to be the healthier option but it is still better to make your research before you believe and make a purchase.

  2. Tricia Soto

    Thank you for this article, Hilary. It is very informative. Good thing I only buy organic honey fresh from the farm close to us. I have read that the honey jars in the supermarkets are full packed with preservatives.

  3. Well, I never really believed in the “diet’ version of the soda or any food in the market that has a label like that. Diet version means just substituting the main ingredient with some chemicals that can make the taste complete, so basically it is just the same thing, or it can be worse.

  4. So you mean those “sugar-free” small packets we buy that says “good for diabetic” is as harmful as the real sugar, or much worse? Ohmygod, my parents are taking it for some time now because their sugar level is getting higher.

  5. I learned that cow milk is unhealthy so I opted for soy milk which turned out now good as well, haha! Okay, so I guess I will change it to almond milk, then. In fact, I am trying to be a vegetarian but it is taking me awhile since it is extremely difficult to eliminate meat when all my life I have been eating one. But of course, I agree that so many benefits can get from vegetables and fruits. No argument about that.

  6. crystal reagan

    never tasted honey before. but loooved milk since I was born. especially cold milk and other dairy products. but since i stumbled upon the weird part of youtube i began thinking for my self. now i am vegan and repenting my old ways.

  7. ALWAYS HATED DAIRY MILK. CONSUMED NUT MILK SINCE I KNOW HOW TO CHOSE FOR THE BETTER. HONEY THO, THAT I DIDN’T KNOW IS BAD. I JUST LOVED THAT SWEET SWEET ORGANIC HONEY. OH WELL, NOT ALL GOOD IS REALLY GOOD.

  8. Kristina Kent

    oooh. Too bad 🙁 always liked milk and honey. Turns out its bad for the body, like everything else it seems. Fruits and nuts should be good though, right?

  9. ysabelle raven

    i thought soy milk is good because of that estrogen. it can make my boobs bigger. well, that sux. and honey, the sweet vomit of bees that we love to consume, always thought it’s yucky, kinda expected it to be bad also.

  10. Francis Lockwood

    I used to hate hone. In fact, every time I tasted it or if it was in any food I ate, I would get nauseated. I decided that I was allergic to honey, and so I stayed away from it for years.

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