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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


Meat (along with cheese, milk, and highly-processed foods) causes increased levels of long-term inflammation in the body. The worse culprits are red and processed meat, which are also linked to type-2 diabetes because of the iron and nitrate preserves.

While meat is inherently high in protein, unless you are working out like crazy to ensure this turns into lean muscle, the excess protein is synthesized into fat, or waste products – causing weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. And remember what I told you about how dairy depletes your bones? Meat does the same thing, in the same way.

It’s possible to opt for a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle and still consume the recommended amount of protein. Quinoa, peas, nuts and seeds, chickpeas, leafy greens, and lentils are just some of the foods that are high in protein. Plants are also naturally anti-inflammatory, high in fiber and anti-oxidants – making your body much healthier. There are also plenty of vegan protein supplements available for those who are concerned about their training goals.

I mix pea and hemp protein powders in my morning smoothie, which makes a complete protein that’s clean and anti-inflammatory.

And there you have it, the foods that we have all been consuming whilst sitting in our ivory tower, thinking we were doing all we can to choose healthy options. A general rule of the thumb that we can all follow is to drastically reduce the amount of pre-packaged food that we consume; anything that comes pre-packaged will contain artificial additives, preservative, sugar, and salt – all the things that we should be actively avoiding. Opt for whole foods in their natural state and be safe in the knowledge that we are avoiding the chemical nasties that have been plaguing us all for so long.

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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.


  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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