5 Healthy Foods That Aren't Healthy - Part 2

My Bariatric Life Health Guide
  • Continued from part 1.


    Flavored Waters

    Sugar-free Flavored Waters
    Less-Sugar Juices
    A bottle of regular Vitamin Water delivers a walloping 32 grams of sugar (versus 70 grams in soda). And the origins of all those "reviving" and "immunity" boosting vitamins might surprise you since they're not coming from anything resembling food.

    Sugar-free Vitamin Water and Life Water aren't any healthier than their sugar-containing versions. Similarly, juices advertised as "less sugar" aren't healthy choices. Drinks advertised as sugar-free or less-sugar may seem a healthy choice because of cutting down on excessive sugar. But what's often added in to replace the sugar -- namely artificial sweeteners -- are even worse. Aspartame and other chemical sweeteners have been linked to cancer and other serious health conditions. Plus there is no evidence to suggest that aspartame helps anyone lose weight. In fact, aspartame can boost sugar cravings and promote weight gain. Read more about aspartame in "Aspartame: Sweet or Misery."

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    Although these industrially produced vitamins found in these drinks can be beneficial, most of us are getting plenty of them already, either from vitamin supplements or other foods. What we're not getting enough of, however, is fiber and antioxidants, which are found abundantly in fruits and vegetables. So you're far better off drinking a glass of water and eating an orange than chugging a sugary, orange-flavored vitamin drink.

    What's more, you can make real healthy flavored water for just pennies a bottle. Here are four recipes to flavor your water naturally, "Drink Water to Lose Weight Recipes."


    Imported Shrimp
    Farm-Raised Shrimp
    Wild Shrimp from the Gulf
    Imported shrimp actually holds the designation of being the dirtiest of the Dirty Dozen foods (foods with 45 or more chemicals). And it's hard to avoid, as 90 percent of shrimp sold in the U.S. is imported. Imported farmed shrimp comes with a whole bevy of contaminants: antibiotics, residues from chemicals used to clean pens, filth like mouse hair, rat hair, and pieces of insects. What's more, E. coli has been detected in imported shrimp. Less than 2 percent of all imported seafood (shrimp, crab, catfish, or others) gets inspected before its sold.


    Domestic farm-raised shrimp is very polluting, as well: Thousands of shrimp are crammed into pens, which leads to the growth of diseases and parasites that require antibiotics and pesticides.

    US wild caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico is tainted with oil and Corexit, the chemical used to disperse the oil spill. Safe residue levels have not been established and scientists argue this may pose an increased risk to pregnant women and their unborn children.



    Your best bet is to purchase Pacific Northwest Shrimp. The fisheries there are certified under the stringent Marine Stewardship Council guidelines.


    The bottom line: Healthy foods are not produced in a factory. Stick to eating real food - food that is grown or raised on a farm (except farm-raised fish), or wild-caught (such as fish and seafood). Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store when food shopping, as this is where the real food is stored. Better yet, shop at a farmers market or join a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Finally, when you must buy processed foods (food with a nutrition label) then read nutrition labels and go for very minimally processed foods. A few food label rules of thumb: The fewer ingredients the better; if your grandmother would not recognize an ingredient then do not eat it; and if you cannot pronounce an ingredient then do not eat it.


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Published On: March 29, 2013