Unhealthy Eating: 5 Foods You Thought Were Good For You

1. ‘Vegetable Oils’ (in fact industrially processed seed oils)

We are often advised to eat seed- and vegetable oils like soybean, canola, grapeseed, and many others. They have in fact been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels, at least for the short term.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that blood cholesterol is a risk factor – NOT an actual disease. Seed & vegetable oils may improve a risk factor, but there is zero hard evidence that they will actually prevent heart attacks or death (which is what matters).

There are actually several controlled trials that have shown that despite lowering cholesterol, these oils can increase the risk of death… from both heart disease and cancer.

2. ‘Heart Healthy’ Whole Grains

You ready for some life-changing information?

“Whole wheat” products aren’t really made from whole wheat. The grains have been pulverized into a very fine flour, leading them to raise blood sugar just as fast as their refined counterparts.

In fact, whole wheat bread can have a similar glycemic index as white bread. In the past, whole wheat was much healthier and wasn’t heavily genetically modified like it is today. Around 1960, scientists tampered with the genes in wheat to increase the yield.

The “healthy whole grains” you’ve been consuming may be the cause of your inflammation, increased cholesterol levels, and creating other underlying issues.

3. Fruits & Fruit Juices ‘Healthy Sugars’

Fruits and fruit juices aren’t necessarily extending your life either. Many fruits juices are expected to be healthy because they’re “natural.”

However, the majority of the fruit juice you find in the supermarket contains little to no fruit at all – just chemicals that taste like fruit. You’re drinking 100% chemically-flavored sugar water.

Even if fruit juice is made from the real thing, it may still be a bad idea. Fruit juice is like fruit, except with all the good stuff stripped away (like fiber, certain vitamins, and other naturally occurring minerals).

4. Sugar Even ‘In Moderation’

Yes, even “in moderation,” sugar is doing more harm than good. The average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar daily – more than three times the quantity proposed by the American Eye Association.

Regular consumption of sugar can set you up for weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. All the stuff you’d want to avoid to live a long healthy life.

It’s addictive, it’s easy to get your hands on, and it’s hard to avoid. Leaving your sugar addiction in the past and developing healthy habits comes with better sleep, exercise, and staying hydrated when the cravings hit.

5. Vegetables (?)

Wait, what? This can’t be right, right?

Yes, you read it correctly, certain vegetables aren’t always the healthiest choice for a meal. Corn, potatoes, winter squash, jicama, Brussels sprouts, and onion.

Now, we aren’t saying you shouldn’t eat these vegetables – we are only trying to inform you about the negative side-effects of consuming too much of any one type.

Corn is always chilling on the cob at every BBQ and summer event you attend, but it isn’t just a seasonal staple. Corn is used for popcorn, processed syrup, salsas, and breakfast cereals. Because of this, corn is often riddled with tons of GMOs to ensure fast and proper growth for mass production. There is really no way of knowing how the genes added to corn will affect us in the future, so it’s better to play it safe with less corn.

Both onions and Brussels sprouts offer many great minerals and free-radical fighting nutrients. However, if you’re purposefully trying to avoid inflammation, gas, and digestive issues you shouldn’t be consuming them too often.

On the other hand, potatoes, winter squash, and jicama really only hit the list because they’re high in carbs per volume. Sometimes the health benefits don’t outweigh a heavy carb punch.

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