How Can Eating A Candy Bar Be Worse Than Eating Whole Wheat Bread?
That is a perplexing question to say the least.
It has long been promoted that whole grain breads and whole grain cereals should be at the top of our least as a most nutritious complex carbohydrate to include in our daily food pyramid of meals.
Whole wheat bread, “the brown bread” has been touted as far superior and more preferred over its white bleached counterpart.
Surprisingly however, healthy foods like whole wheat bread are not as healthy as we consumers have been led to believe.
Not only is whole wheat bread in question but also four other so-called nutritious foods.
Let me explain their suspect nutritive value that brings these 5 foods into question.
5 Unhealthy “Healthy” Foods
1. Whole Wheat Bread
What makes a slice of “nutritious” whole wheat bread worse than a Snickers bar? Brown bread has a higher glycemic index than does a Snickers bar.
The fact is brown bread is no better for you than white bread. Eating just two slices of brown bread could raise your blood sugar higher than if you ate two tablespoons of sugar. This sugar spike is even worse on your body than if you had eaten two slices of white bread which is also devoid of any nutrition.
Also, if your body is having any difficulty at all managing your blood sugar levels, your pancreas will so efficiently store this sugar as fat. This can lead to becoming over weight or a diabetic condition.
2. Fruit Juice
While fresh squeezed fruit juice is healthy for you, its concentrated counterpart is not. The fact is fruit juice from concentrate is concentrated sugar with maybe some flavor and color added to make it taste good while making it even more unhealthy for you.
Fruit juice from concentrate can contribute to many health problems including diabetes, obesity, cavities, fatigue and digestive issues.
Also, when juicing fruit, the fiber is removed leaving a high concentration of fructose-rich juice sweet enough to send insulin levels high or create inflammation throughout the body.
So next time you think to add a juice box to your child’s lunch or buy juice from concentrate, know that these choices are not as healthy as you once thought.
3. Dairy Milk
The American Diet promotes milk and dairy as gravely important to growing healthy teeth and bones. Our school systems are required by law to feed it to our kids.
In research gathered over the past 10 years, it has linked regular consumption of pasteurized dairy milk to chronic illnesses like heart disease, Chrohn’s disease, colits, diabetes and multiple sclerorsis. Americans have been duped to believe that the opposite is true. That is, if you don’t drink milk on a daily basis, you will suffer from some debilitating disease.
You will need to consider a milk alternative to dairy like almond or coconut if you really want to drink healthy.
4. Soy Products
Today, most of the soy produced in America are genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Soy is a high production, highly profitable crop so they created a GMO form of it to make it even more so. The leading figure heads in the agriculture industry thought it a novel ideal to alter the genes of soy beans to make the crop more resistant to weather and pests which allows for higher crop yields.
Now recent data is uncovering the health issues that GMO’s can pose for the long term. The current research indicates that the more GMO’s you consume, you increase your risk of many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, auto-immune illness and some forms of cancer.
In addition to these health issues that GMO soy poses, soy poses yet another concern.
Soy contains isoflavones which interfere with an enzyme that we need for T3 and T4 (Thyroid Hormone) production. A Japanese study at the Ishizuki Clinic found that just 35 mg of isoflavones per day caused thyroid suppression in healthy individuals in just three months which can lead to many problems including weight gain, malaise, loss of libido, and hair thinning.
This is a high price to pay in exchange for higher profits.
5. Instant Oatmeal
If you are trying to get the kids off to school in a hurry with a healthy breakfast, skip the instant oatmeal.
Instant oatmeal is not real oatmeal really. It’s so highly refined that its so far removed from its original makeup.
Real oatmeal contains all of these healthy components like fiber, vitamins and minerals. Real oatmeal can quickly gives you that full feeling and satisfies your appetite, helps your body stabilize your blood sugar and helps to lower your cholesterol.
Those little packets of instant oatmeal with the colorful berries or flavorful cinnamon don’t do that for the body.
There are three grades of oats that you can buy. You have the steel cut oats – they are least processed. You have the rolled oats – they are slightly more processed. Then you have the instant “oats” (if you can recognize it as oats by now) – they are highly processed stripped of their fiber and nutrients. They contain added salt, preservatives and up to 8 teaspoons of sugar per packet.
Food today is not like food of yesterday. Conventional farming is moving farther and farther away from mother nature’s original seeds and natural growing methods. So you have to question the terms “healthy” now when referring to the new foods that only closely resemble the healthy foods the term originally referred to.
The change in oatmeal is a prime example.