Supposedly Healthy Foods That Hurt Your Nutritional Health

Are you eating foods that are providing good nutritional health, while also helping with fat burning and weight control?

Although many people think they are eating nutritionally, they are actually eating supposedly healthy foods that cause them metabolic and fat storage problems.

It is said that nutritional health begins with your diet, so let’s take a look at some foods that may be very different from what you think you are eating.

Nutrition Labels And Packaging

But to begin with, do you understand nutrition labels and food packaging, and some of the ways these can be misleading?

It has become clear that trans fats are one of the most unhealthy things you can possibly eat.  These are dangerous fats that increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, along with increasing the storage and accumulation of belly fat.

As a result, this has led to many popular foods, like crackers and potato chips, to become labeled as ‘zero trans fats’ or ‘trans fat free’.

Now, I am not sure how these snacks could ever fit in a nutritional health diet, but at least they appear to be a healthier version.  However, regardless of the label, these may actually be full of trans fats.

This happens, because the FDA allows for any foods that have less that .5 grams of an ingredient, to be labeled as not containing that ingredient.  And what does the manufacture do – they lower their serving sizes, so they can call them trans fat free.

Then what does the consumer do – they figure that there are no trans fats and 1 serving is only 60 calories, so they eat 4 servings.  And by doing so, they in essence eat 2 grams of trans fats.

Now do that with a number of different foods and/or do this every day, and it becomes clear how you could be eating too much of something you were try to avoid.

Are These Healthy Food Choices

The following are some common food substitutions that are made to replace unhealthy foods – but are these really foods that belong in a nutritional health lifestyle:

  • 100% orange juice instead of orange drinks
  • Wheat bread instead of white bread
  • Margarine instead of butter

100% Orange Juice

I would say 100% orange juice is better than orange drinks.

But it still has way more sugar and far less nutrients than oranges – how much juicy juice, with its 31 grams of sugar per 8 ounces, did you give your kids?.

And it also doesn’t have the fiber to help with the blood sugar spike and extra insulin release that can cause more cravings and fat storage.

Wheat Bread

Is wheat bread really a healthy substitution for white bread?

Depending on the brand, wheat bread will have more vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup, and probably a smaller quantity of whole grains than the white bread will.

And as simple carbohydrate, wheat bread can raise your blood sugar similarly to sugar – again, these spikes increase the storage of the dangerous midsection fat, while also disrupting your metabolism.

Margarine

Margarine is made with hydrogenated oils, and hydrogenated oils are trans fats – there really isn’t anything else to say, but no margarine has no place in a nutritional health diet.

And what is wrong with butter, providing it came from grass-fed cows that were never ‘finished’ with any grain or hormones?  The typical answer would be, because butter is a saturated fat – but many studies are continually showing that saturated fats are not unhealthy.

Butter also has the important fat-soluble vitamins A D E K, along with iodine and selenium.  And the butter from grass-fed cows has CLA, which is a healthy omega-6 fat that can promote fat burning.

Truth About Fat Burning Foods

Misleading labeling, along with the supposedly healthy foods and substitutions discussed, are examples of some of the common issues with pursing the best possible nutritional health.

The Truth About Fat Burning Foods are a group of ebooks that I just read.  These discusse problems with the topics listed below – and how they affect nutrition, metabolism, and fat burning:

  • Condiments, snacks, and seasonings
  • Drinks
  • Proteins, fat, and carbohydrates
  • Super Foods
  • Supplements
  • Making over your nutritional diet

I feel that the author, Nick Pineault – better known as “The Nutrition Nerd”, has done a very good job with these, and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to expand their nutritional health education.