January 17, 2013

3 Food Myths: Busted!

When you start down the road to better health through better eating, there are a lot of billboards along the way that try to divert your attention. Big Food likes to offer you processed conveniences.

Here are some examples of foods that sound better for you than they really are ~ and some even healthier choices.

1. 100% whole wheat bread
First, check the ingredient list - it may be very long and contain a lot of chemicals. Also, it undoubtedly has added sugar. In addition, wheat flour can tax your digestive system and cause symptoms you may not recognize as related to wheat, such as slow digestion, bloating or other gastrointestinal distress. Many, many people are hypersensitive to wheat ~ it makes them feel bad ~ yet they do not have full-blown Celiac disease. 

Trader Joe's: "Food For Life" Organi...
Trader Joe's: "Food For Life" Organic Bread, "Ezekiel 4:9" (Photo credit: Chris Devers)
Try instead: Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted Grain bread, muffins and wraps.
These products are organic, sprouted, 100% whole grain (not just wheat but a mix of grains, which is better for you), and flourless. A two-slice serving contains 8 grams of complete protein and 6 grams of fiber, the BFF of the weight conscious, the health conscious and the diabetic.

2. All-natural peanut butter
Sounds good, but peanuts are one of the most common food allergens. Current theory tells us that the foods that we eat the most of can turn our bodies against us. In fact, the Big 8 allergens are common proteins: wheat, milk, eggs, fish, soy, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts. Not everyone who is allergic goes into anaphylactic shock; symptoms can include hives, hyperactivity, swelling, runny nose, wheezing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or cramping. Many people have sensitivities to peanuts without realizing it.

Try instead: Almond butter

Almond Butter
Almond Butter (Photo credit: The Messy Chef)
Peanut sensitivities can even cause weight loss to slow down. Almonds are healthier and fewer people are sensitive. Enhanced Almond Butter from Naturally More, for example, is fortified with flax seeds to give it a healthy Omega-3 bonus.

3. Organic milk
 Okay, aren't we supposed to buy organics, aren't they healthier? Organics are great ~ because they have almost no pesticide residue ~ not because they have higher nutritional value. A huge number of people are sensitive to dairy. This sensitivity can cause indigestion, bloating, congestion. Lactose intolerance is usually due to an enzyme deficiency, not an allergic reaction.
Realignment of Pacific Almond Milk
Realignment of Pacific Almond Milk (Photo credit: Aaron Gustafson)

Try Instead: Almond milk
People sensitive to dairy can actually experience accelerated fat loss when they remove it from their diet. Many people prefer the taste of almond milk, and there's no lactose, indigestion or bloating. Almond milk is also lower in calories, especially if you buy Pacific Original No Sugar Added almond milk or make your own. You can throw almonds in the blender/food processor with water and make your own ~ easier than buying and milking your own cow, that's for sure! And the health benefits can be much greater.

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