I recently wrote a blurb that was featured in Women's Health (https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/foods-you-should-not-buy/slide/3) on so-called healthy-foods you should stop buying. In addition to Alkaline water, I wanted to share my complete list below!
1. Fruit Flavored Yogurts
· Fruit flavored yogurts are more often than not loaded with sugar and devoid of actual fruit! If you read the ingredient list on the label and see added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or fruit juice concentrates, steer clear. Opt for a plain, whole milk yogurt instead and add your own fresh fruit and honey if desired. You’ll not only eat less sugar overall, but you’ll get the added bonus of fiber from the fresh fruit.
2. Protein Bars
· Most protein bars aren’t much healthier than a candy bar with added protein powder. While they’re convenient for a quick-on-the go snack, use your snacks as an opportunity to get in a fruit or vegetable plus protein-rich food such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, or a hardboiled egg.
3. Alkaline waters
· Alkaline waters claim to neutralize blood acidity levels leading to an array of metabolic benefits. However, our bodies do an excellent job at maintaining a consistent blood pH (or acidity) despite what liquids we put in our system. Save your money and stick to plain tap or mineral water.
4. Store Bought Salad Dressings
· Store bought salad dressings are typically made with vegetable and soybeans oils which are high in Omega-6 fatty acids. In the typical American diet, our balance of Omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids is high and linked to an array of inflammatory diseases. Instead, make your own salad dressing with heart healthy oils such as olive oil or avocado oil, which have a healthier balance of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids.
5. Low Carb Breads/Tortillas
· Low carb breads and tortillas are often made with heavily processed flours and filled with additives such as modified food starch and gums to help maintain texture. Instead, look for brands with 100% whole grain options or corn tortillas with minimal ingredients and preservatives.