5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That We Should Try to Avoid
Which marketing tactics have we fallen prey too?
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.