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Health food or health fake?

sugary chocolate coated energy bar

Junk Food in Disguise

These 4 foods masquerade as health food.  Yummy they might be, healthy they are not, here’s why:

Energy Bars and Energy Drinks

The “energy” in these products usually takes the form of lots of sugar and/or caffeine. They may even provide a temporary surge in energy due to blood sugar spikes, but watch out for the crash after that will leave you feeling tired and drive cravings for more sugar and/or caffeine.

Granola

Most granola cereal is high in fat and sugar, and other than grain-free granola (there’s a recipe on our website here) all are high carbs.

Yogourt

Most commercial yogourts are not prepared properly to confer the health benefits of yogourt and instead are full of thickeners like gelatin and sugar.  A serving of yogourt may contain 1 billion beneficial bacteria for your gut.  One capsule of a good probiotic will contain the equivalent of 100 servings of yogourt.

Fruit smoothies

Juice bars offer these to health conscious consumers, but most are loaded with sugar. At one outlet, the smallest size has 340 calories and 69 grams of sugar (I recommend no more than 25 grams per serving of sugar/carbs in anything).

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND.  For real advice about what would be healthy to eat and how to prepare healthier versions of these for yourself, contact one of our naturopathic doctors.  Call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now.

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Top 3 Healthiest Foods

Top 3 Healthiest Foods

  1. Broccoli and broccoli sprouts – proven anti-cancer benefits, rich in minerals like calcium, rich in indole-3-carbinol for liver detoxification and high in fiber
  2. Wild blueberries – anti-cancer, full of bioflavonoids, polyphenols, anti-oxidants, good fiber, beneficial for vision
  3. Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, Swiss chard, collard and beet greens  – good for calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, folic acid, B vitamins, beta carotene, good for blood pressure, heart disease, anti-cancer.

This list is of course debatable, there are always new “superfoods” being touted, but these are the ones that have stood the test of time while fads like acai, mangosteen etc came and went.