Understand food nutrition labels so that you know what you are buying. Items that you may think are healthy really are not healthy at all. How many of the following foods have fooled you into thinking they are healthy? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
Fat-free/Low Fat Milk and Dairy
Milk is an excellent source of fat-soluble vitamins A and D -- unless it's fat-free. And when you take all the fat out of milk, your body can't properly absorb these and other essential vitamins, which are vital to healthy metabolic function.
Many foods marketed as low fat, such as yogurt, contains higher amounts of sugar that their full fat versions. Additionally, foods that are marketed as healthy alternatives, such as lower fat or low cholesterol margarine and fake butters, contain very unhealthy chemical additives and trans fat.
In reality the only types of fats you should really be limiting are man-made varieties like trans-fats and rancid, refined polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils.
Your best bet is to stick with organic whole milk products. These will not contain harmful chemical residues, antibiotics, and bovine growth hormone.
If you are someone with cardiovascular disease, talk to your doctor about what is right for you. While you should not make dietary changes without his or her medical advice, be aware that many authoritative sources claim there is a discrepancy between the dietary advice to eat lowfat/non-fat and scientific evidence -- contradicting the American Heart Association's position. A 2010 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which reviewed 21 studies relating to the risk of heart disease, stroke and saturated fats, found that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or CVD stroke and cardiovascular disease.
When used in their whole form to make things like tempeh, miso and tofu, soybeans are a nutritious legume packed with fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, folate and several B vitamins. But by the time soybeans become soy protein -- the main ingredient in protein bars -- nearly everything nutritious except protein has been lost or discarded. More of a food-like product than a food, soy protein sits at the end of a long, complex soy processing chain that starts with the removal of fat from soybeans using hexane, a neurotoxic product of petroleum refining.
Your best bet is bake your own protein bars. Feel free to try my easy "to die for" recipe for OMG Almond Joy Protein Bars.
Gluten-free does not equal healthier. These products just replace wheat flour with brown rice flour, which isn't much better for you. Many gluten-free products can be loaded with sugar and starch and chemical preservatives. So, you're getting tons of carbs, and very few nutrients, with these packaged foods.
Your best bet is to switch to grain-free flours, such as almond flour and coconut flour. Check out my "Grains Make Me Fat Recipe Cards" on Pinterest for some awesome recipes using grain-free ingredients.
Living life well-fed,
My Bariatric Life
Published On: March 29, 2013