Grocery stores are battlefields
I thought this was an interesting synopsis of how "great and health foods" can be ruined by simple and seemingly innocuous adulteration that can easily slip by us despite our best efforts.
It really is like a war! You must be a very vigilant gate keeper regarding what you allow to pass through your Pearly Gate.
What may at first seem like a great Healthy Choice can turn out to be nothing more than another Trojan Horse!
FROM WEBMD: K. ALEISHA FETTERS
"The health-foods aisle has a way of making people fat—and unhealthy—and understandably pretty ticked-off. After all, isn't munching on (nasty-tasting) health foods supposed to be good for you?
If food manufacturers were really out to boost your health, yes. But their end goal isn't making consumers healthier. It's making money. And packaging foods as "healthy," "smart," and "natural" is an easy way to make a buck. Unfortunately, apart from suckering you into eating foods that really aren't any healthier than whatever it is you're trying to sub out, those healthy labels can make you overeat big time.
In fact, in a 2015 Penn State study, researchers found that the more fitness-branded foods dieters bought, they more they ate and the less they exercised. So, potentially, your health-foods diet could pack more calories, fat, and ridiculously convoluted chemicals than your unhealthy diet ever did.
That's especially true if you are noshing on any of these...health foods that … can torpedo your health."
Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of The One One One Diet: The Simple 1:1:1 Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. Explains:
"Quinoa is, without question, an incredibly healthy food. It contains fewer carbs and sugars than regular pasta, and it's packed with protein and all of the essential amino acids your body needs to build muscle. Unfortunately, many quinoa pastas contain more corn flour, a cheap gluten-free flour, than anything else.
The result: It contains just as many calories, more carbs, and fewer grams of protein than if you just stuck with wheat pasta, Batayneh says. Before buying any quinoa pasta, flip over the box. Look for brands that contain one ingredient: Quinoa
"When you remove the gluten out of a food product, you're taking away the ingredient that provides that delicious, chewy texture in breads, muffins, cakes, pasta, and more. To make up for the loss of flavor and texture, food manufacturers often add in other fillers, including sugars, fats, and other chemical additives," Batayneh says.
"Ultimately, your gluten-free snacks end up with more calories and sugars and don't even taste as good!" Sure, if you are gluten intolerant you shouldn't eat gluten-containing packaged foods. But every guy should shoot to remove all packaged foods, not just ones with gluten, from his diet.
"Multigrain breads only indicate that the bread contains multiple grains. It says nothing about their degree of refinement," Batayneh says. Refined grains have been extensively processed, and their bran and germ, the fiber-, vitamin, and mineral-containing part of the grain, have been removed, leaving only simple carbs that spike your blood sugar and promote weight gain.
"Look for breads that have some sort of whole grain—whole wheat, whole rye, whole oats—as their first ingredient. If it has multiple whole grains, that's great—just make sure they're whole so that you're getting as much fiber and as many vitamins and minerals as possible," she says
Yogurt's healthy, fruit's healthy, so how does this one go wrong: With the spoonfuls of fruit-flavored syrup the fruit's floating in, Batayneh says. A typical six-ounce fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt container contains 29 grams of carbs and 24 of sugar. That's the equivalent of a candy bar. Opt for buying plain yogurt and adding in fresh fruit. It'll take more time, but it won't make your blood sugar levels plummet and you feel hungry 30 minutes later.
PRE- PREPARED SALADS
"If it comes down to chicken nuggets or a pre-packaged salad, the salad is most likely healthier, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily healthy," Batayneh says. Many pre-packaged salads you'll find at restaurants, airport terminals, and supermarkets contain upwards of 1,000 calories. Meanwhile, the cheese, croutons, and meats pack a ton of sodium, which is used both as a preservative and to boost the salad's flavor.
Unfortunately, many pre-packaged salads don't come with ingredient or nutrition labels. If that's the case with whatever salad you're eying, don't buy it. Look for ingredient labels and make sure neither calories or sodium are through the roof. Or, better yet, make your own salad."
So clearly the grocery store is nothing more than a battle field and your body and health is the prize!
Go well armed!!
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