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3 Unhealthy "Health" Foods

Did you know there are foods offered in the grocery store as being "healthy," when in fact they are nothing but junk food?  If you really want to lose weight, and keep it off, and help your family stay healthy and strong, you need to know how to stop a real food from an unhealthy health food.

By: Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT: Certified Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and author of Fat Loss To Go

There are certain things in this whole health/fitness/diet industry that really bother me.

I don’t like it when people who we used to trust come out in support of diet pills or whacky, fraudulent diets when it’s very clear it’s all because that company dumped a pile of money in their garage. I don’t like it when a new exercise gadget pops up on television and promises so much, yet delivers so little…

…but I really don’t like it when the food industry comes out with foods marketed as "health" foods when they’re really junk foods in disguise.

3 of the worst "health" foods being marketed to you today are…

1 – Anything marketed as "light"

If it says "light" on the label, don’t mistake that for being healthy.

All that word really means is it’s less calories per serving than its predecessor. It doesn’t mean it’s healthy or that the ingredients are different – just smaller.

I’ve made videos before showing the difference between two types of packaged oatmeal and the ONLY difference between the two are their serving sizes.

One is marketed as "light" while the other is just the normal version.

The easiest way to tell is to take the time and look at the labels. Read serving sizes, and then figure out total number of calories and calorie breakdown. If there are two different versions of the same thing sitting side-by-side (like the oatmeal), compare the two and judge for yourself.

Don’t be fooled.

2 – Most bottled "fruit" juices

The majority of juices being marketed to you are junk. Sure they look all fancy and healthy, but most are no better than a Pepsi in terms of calories and sugar content.

Are some quality juices with REAL fruits and vegetables?0

Absolutely, but they’re not the cheap ones and they’re not the ones you can find in convenience stores or gas stations.

To tell the difference, all you have to do is pick it up and look at the ingredients.

If sugar, corn syrup, or anything ending in "ose" is anywhere in the top 3 or 4 ingredients, put the thing back.

However if you see nothing but real fruit/vegetables in the top ingredients, it’s probably okay, but you should still be careful with total calories and the sugar spike that may occur if drinking it by itself.

3 – Milk

I know this one may ruffle some feathers and be a battle cry for other folks, but let me explain.

I’m not going to come out and say you should never drink milk for any of the reasons some hard-core foodies, vegans or "natural" gurus have stated.

You can do the research for yourself and come to your own conclusions.bad milk

The biggest reason I’m putting milk in here is because many of us simply can’t digest it and there’s no disputing that.

One of the first things I do with clients, especially my female clients, is ask them to remove dairy from their diet for one week.

Some scoff and grumble, but most do it because it’s just a week.

At the end of that week, I ask them how they feel. If they’ve noticed anything "intestinally," if they’re bloated as often, if they’ve lost any weight, if their energy levels are different and if they’re as "flemmy" as they were before.

Most report that they feel much better.

And, in terms of weight loss, most lose a couple pounds in that week and I've had some lose upwards of 7 pounds JUST from removing milk.

I ask if they’d like to go back to dairy and if they do, I ask them to gradually add it back with 1 serving a day, but still NO MILK. Start to add all-natural yogurts and REAL cheese and pay attention to how they feel.

I’ve seen way too much positive in asking clients to remove milk that I label it as one of my worst foods.

This is strictly observational in nature – I’m not diving into any research studies…just using what I’ve witnessed and been told by various clients – including myself.

The kicker here is if you decide it doesn’t agree with your system, whether you should give it to your kids…

Just a little food for thought to end this article :-)

Have an awesome day!


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