Unhealthy Foods Pretending to be Healthy! – Mind Over Munch!

Unhealthy Foods Pretending to be Healthy! – Mind Over Munch!

July 19, 2019 100 By William Morgan


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– Hey munchies, new and old, I’m Alyssia.
We all want healthy to be easier
and packaged food makes life easier.
There are some healthier packaged options
but a lot of packaged food items
are just pretending to be healthy.
I am giving you the rundown on 15 of those
right now but trust
me, there are way more.
That is why it’s important
that you learn how
to read the labels and
determine for yourself.
We cannot trust health claims.
In fact, if a food package
is making a health claim,
it’s usually a bad sign.
First up: Banana chips. Noo!
These are so good.
The upside is that they
are made of bananas
and therefore contain the
fiber, iron, magnesium
and potassium that bananas offer.
The downside: they’re often deep fried
and include flavor enhancers and sugar.
Instead, try home made banana
chips cooked in the oven.
I do have an episode, if
you want to check that out
and I have linked it in the description.
Gluten free snacks and breads, the upside:
many people, not just those
with gluten intolerance
or sensitivity, can find
it hard to digest gluten.
The downside is that in processed foods,
when something is removed,
another thing is usually added.
So, gluten free items can contain a lot
of refined additives that
are essentially depleted of
nutrients, and they’re no
healthier than any other snack.
Instead, try a home
made, or cleaner snack.
One with less ingredients
and more whole grains
even if it does contain wheat
or gluten, will be healthier
for most than a refined and
processed gluten free option.
Ezekiel bread for
instance, is a clean bread
that is not completely gluten free
but will do our bodies more justice
than a gluten free, processed variety.
Dried fruit. The upside: they are fruit.
But the downside, they’re
often coated in sugar
and to protect them from
mold and to keep their color,
they are treated with
preservatives and additives.
Instead, make your own.
I’ve linked a few videos where
I show drying out the fruit
in the oven in the description.
Or even better, go for fresh fruit.
Yogurt. The upside:
yogurt contains probiotics
that can be great for gut health.
The downside: most commercial
varieties are loaded
with sugar and contain little protein.
Greek varieties are
better when it comes to
a protein balance, but they
can still pack on the sugar.
Greek does not mean healthy.
Instead, use plain Greek
yogurt with fresh fruit
and add a drizzle of honey.
Instant oatmeal packets. The
upside: They are convenient
and do contain oaty goodness.
So, even quick cooking oats
can be a healthy choice.
The downside: these packets
are often a very small serving
with more sugar than anything else.
Instead, make your own home made packets.
I show how in a meal prep video
linked in the description.
Agave, oh my.
The upside of agave is
it tastes pretty good
and I guess it comes from a plant,
but so do coffee beans, and it
doesn’t make it a vegetable.
It’s far from natural.
The downside: agave is
actually extremely processed
and there’s more fructose
in agave than almost
any other sweetener, even
high fructose corn syrup.
Instead, try almost any other natural
or raw liquid sweetener, but the truth is
they should all be consumed
in limited amounts.
I discuss agave and other sweeteners
in my sweeteners 101 video.
Brown rice syrup. The
upside: it’s made from rice.
It seems natural and healthy,
and it contains glucose
but no refined fructose which is good.
The downside: it’s very
high on the glycemic index,
meaning it will spike
blood sugar super fast.
Not to mention it’s extremely refined
and contains no essential nutrients.
It’s empty calories.
Instead, like we mentioned previously,
another natural liquid sweetener
or even a no calorie sweetener,
regardless, the goal should be moderation
with all sweeteners, sugar filled or not.
Vegan mayo, or store
bought mayo all together.
The upside: there isn’t
really an upside to be honest.
What makes mayonnaise
unhealthy isn’t the eggs
or cholesterol or saturated fat,
it’s actually the inflammatory oils.
The downside: inflammatory
oils exist in regular
and vegan mayonnaise options.
What’s worse is that vegan mayo options,
like many other fake vegan
foods, are often more processed.
Some variations contain MSG in disguise
and many contain brown
rice syrup or soy protiens
which aren’t doing our
bodies any good either.
Instead, try making your own clean avocado
or olive oil mayo.
You can avoid inflammatory oils and sugar.
I do this almost weekly, and
it’s a great clean option.
I actually have a video of me making this
on my instagram highlights.
Also, if any of you are
wanting to learn more about
inflammation and inflammatory foods,
I have a course called
Conquer Inflammation.
You can get it at
inflammation course dot com,
I will link it in the description.
It’s completely free and
it teaches you all about
inflammation and how to start to remove
inflammatory foods from your diet.
Next up, we’ve got low net
carb, high fiber supplements.
So the upside: for most
people, these can help keep the
total carb counts down
and get into protein.
The downside: most of
the fiber supplements
used do not create a
universal blood sugar response
meaning, different people
respond to them differently.
Some people can absorb the fiber
and those high fiber syrups
just like regular carbohydrates,
it just sort of depends
on the person and their
own carbohydrate tolerance.
Also, many companies keep
the net carb count low
by adding synthetic
fibers that don’t provide
the same benefits as
natural dietary fibers
from whole grains and
fruits or vegetables.
Instead, try whole foods.
Most of us don’t need
supplements to get enough protein
and if we are in a pinch,
there are still plenty
of cleaner options for energy or fuel.
That doesn’t mean that you
shouldn’t ever eat protein bars,
it just means to really be
mindful about what’s in them
and why you’re consuming them.
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Rice cakes. The upside:
they’re low in calories
and a great vessel for
spreads or toppings.
The downside: they’re
typically made with white rice
which is digested quickly
and can spike blood sugar
and insulin, meaning you’re more likely
to store it as fat than burn it.
Instead, try a less processed
or even home made seed
or whole grain cracker.
They may have more calories,
but they’ll have more nutrients too.
If you must have rice cakes,
then get one that’s made
with 100% brown rice
or a whole grain option,
but recognize that they are
still very much so processed foods.
I’ve linked videos with my
homemade crackers below, too.
Superfood powders. The upside:
they do provide nutritional benefits.
The downside: they’re pretty
much a waste of money.
So, not only are they expensive,
but they aren’t giving
you much more nutrition
than regular fruits and vegetables
that you can buy locally.
Almost all fruits and veggies
contain antioxidants
and fight inflammation
and you know they aren’t processed.
Some contain added sugar, too.
Instead: whole fruits and
veggies, fresh or frozen.
Don’t get me wrong, if
you love adding these
to your smoothie, they
probably aren’t going to hurt,
but they might not help as
much as you’re hoping either.
Couscous. The upside: it tastes delicious.
The downside: did you know that
it’s actually just refined wheat?
Essentially like a processed white pasta?
Noo!
You have to actually to buy
a true whole wheat variety
to make sure it’s whole
grain, or better yet,
try a more nutritious option,
like quinoa or bulgur wheat.
Veggie burgers. The upside: you
can enjoy a burger meatless.
The downside: they’re often
loaded with over processed
proteins and soy products,
lacking vegetables
and rarely healthy.
Instead, if you aren’t eating
meat but will eat fish,
consider a tuna or salmon patty.
If you want to go meatless all together,
go for a home made or at
least a cleaner variety
with less ingredients
using actual vegetables,
legumes or quinoa.
Smoothies. The upside:
they can be a great way
to get in fruits,
vegetables, and nutrients.
The downside, buying them
at a restaurant or store
almost ensures a sugar overload
with far less nutrition.
Instead, make your own so
that you’re in control of
what goes in, especially
that sugar content.
Thumbs up if you want
more smoothie recipes.
Last but not least, pretzels.
The upside: now, they are lower in fat
than fried potato chips.
The downside: other than
that, they’re pretty much
the same as other fried snacks.
They’re higher in sodium,
nutritionally empty,
made with white flour,
corn syrup, and corn oil.
Instead, go for a potato or
sweet potato chip that’s baked
or if you’re really feeling nutritious,
vegetable or kale chips.
Just watch out for those inflammatory oils
if you aren’t making your own.
So, that is my limited list of foods
pretending to be healthy.
We could go on and on and remember,
I’m not telling you to
not eat these foods,
I’m encouraging you to be mindful that
these are some of the foods
often trying to trick you
and it’s up to you to
be aware and read labels
and make the right decisions for you.
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