3 Health Foods You May Want to Rethink
If your goal is to start 2018 with a healthy beginning, well done! In order to start your healthy eating meal plan off right, head straight to the fruit and vegetable aisle and load your trolley. Before you head to the other end of the supermarket, you may want to rethink your shopping list. What you thought was healthy to eat, may not be doing your body much good after all.
Reading labels is key when it comes to choosing nourishing foods. Let’s take a closer look.
Generally yoghurt is known to be high on shopping lists because it often contains probiotics, or good bacteria. These microorganisms fight bad bacteria in your gut and can help to promote and support good health in the digestive tract. It is important to choose yoghurt that:
- contain these live active cultures,
- don’t contain a lot of sugar.
Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read It Before You Eat It says that "some yogurts are like candy in a container," she continues to say that "you can't expect to have zero carbs when you're choosing a yogurt, because some of the sugar comes from lactose. But it's important to check the labels to see how much sugar you're really getting in that little cup."
Greek yoghurt is your best bet because it is packed with protein and fewer sugars than any other yoghurt. The best one to choose is the unflavoured variety. You can then add your won fruit toppings.
Farm-raised salmon may contain pesticides.
Why You Should Exercise Caution Farmed salmon has gotten a lot of criticism of late because it's primarily farmed in open net pens that are vulnerable to infection from disease and parasites — so they're sometimes treated with very high levels of antibiotics and pesticides.
And that's not all. "Farmed fish may be smaller, lower in mercury, and cheaper," says Taub-Dix. "But it may also have more fat and store more polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in its fat, which has been linked to an increased risk for cancer. Wild fish, on the other hand, may have a lower concentration of PCBs, but may be higher in mercury."
It is important to remember however, that the benefits of eating fish far outweigh these risks.
The biggest issue with microwave popcorn is the high sodium as well as the saturated and trans fats. Avoid microwave popcorn and instead purchase the organic do it yourself kernels. The way you are in charge of the salt and oil/butter content.
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