How healthy are those health foods? This surprising article reveals 3 ingredients commonly found in health foods that do you and your body more harm than good! Avoid these and live healthier.
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
If you are one of the people transitioning from unhealthy foods to a healthier diet, good for you! Along the way, though, you might be surprised to find out that some of the ingredients in your “health foods” aren’t very healthy at all.
Read below and see if any of these look familiar to you!
Natural Flavors/Artificial Flavoring
Really, though, what does that even mean!? Something that tastes “natural” but it isn’t actually natural? So, if you are eating a strawberry yogurt that says “natural flavoring”, does that mean that yogurt that tastes like a strawberry would naturally taste that way because it is made up of actual strawberries? Or is it made up of different chemicals that some person in a lab coat mixed together until it mirrored a taste that was comparable to strawberries found in nature?
Natural Flavoring is the 4th most common ingredient that is listed on our food labels. These words are used to make food more appealing to the buyer. If something has the word “natural” posted all over it, consumers automatically assume that it is the healthier choice for them. Oh no, no. That is definitely NOT the case.
Take orange juice, for example. Oranges aren’t a year round fruit and they also aren’t meant to be grown in many climates where we currently find them. Therefore, artificial flavors are added into the juices to keep them tasting exactly the same or as close to the real stuff as they can. Fake orange flavoring is then created…aka Artificial/Natural flavoring.
Spinach/Carrot/Bell Pepper Powder
This ingredient is most commonly found in foods like “veggie chips” or tortillas that are flavored like a vegetable. Unfortunately, people buy these chips often believing they are making a healthy choice. In fact, they aren’t any different than regular baked potato chips.
If you look on the ingredient list for these chips and tortillas, you will see some type of vegetable with the word “powder” after it, normally listed toward the end of the list. That is because at one point in time during the process of making those chips and tortillas, the vegetables were genuinely vegetables, until they were dehydrated and filled with preservatives and chemicals to create a vegetable-type powder. Like a vegetable dust, if you will. Ewwww.
These powders contain absolutely zero beneficial nutrients for you and are only created so that the health food manufacturers can put a vegetable name or picture on the product. Sneaky isn’t it?
Unless you sliced up some carrots and laid out some spinach leaves and baked them in the oven, you aren’t eating vegetable chips my friend.
In fact, that scenario couldn’t even take place because the water content is so high in those 2 foods, that they would shrivel up into nothing and wouldn’t even be considered edible for you at that point.
This ingredient is most commonly seen in “healthy” fruit or vegetable drinks. It also can be a very broad term. Most people read the bottles that these drinks come in and see a phrase like “contains real fruit juice” and well, while it technically does, it’s still a devious ploy to get you to buy that product. Many people see the word fruit and automatically have a light go off in their heads that tells them, “Ok, good! Fruit juice! Fruit=healthy. I should get that! After all, it’s better than a soda, right.”
Wrong-o friend, wrong-o.
Fruit juice is just as harmful to your health as soft drinks. How? Because like soda, fruit juice is packed with sugar! You may have seen a popular health drink brand that shows how many of some specific fruits and vegetables are packed in it. What it also says in the ingredients list is apple juice.
Why apple juice? Because apples are one of the cheapest fruits and produce a hefty amount of juice that can be used as filler. Because it is listed as the first ingredient, apple juice makes up the majority of these drinks – not that exotic fruit or “superfood” vegetable that is on the front of the bottle. So you are mainly drinking sugary apple fruit juice with a little bit of special vegetables and fruits added to it. Pretty disappointing, isn’t it?
Take charge of your nutrition and fitness!
Read your labels everyone! Watch out for these key words when you are out shopping next time. If you have any quarrels about what you are about to buy, don’t be scared to do some research before you buy!
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