If you’re looking for unhealthy foods, it’s easy to find them. They’re in the processed foods area of your local grocery or on the candy counter at the checkout line. However, some so called healthy foods may be also culprits in the quest for good health. I recently read a study that made my heart sink. It involved some of my favorite foods; tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers. Dr. Steven Gundry, a noted cardiologist and heart surgeon identified a link to memory loss and these foods, when eaten in excess. Tomatoes and other members of the nightshade family, like potatoes, eggplants and bell peppers, along with peanuts, wheat, soy and red kidney beans are high in lectin, a protein linked to memory loss and dementia. .
Before you throw out the veggies, read further.
First, the study noted that eating these in excess could create a problem. Seriously, eating anything in excess is harmful. It’s a reason we recommend a well balanced diet that contains a wide variety of food. A second study by Dr. Tom Greenfield also backed his research, but also clarified it even further. The lectin protein effect varies by individual, since each person reacts differently. Your body needs a certain amount of lectin, but it all depends on the individual. It’s what we’ve been saying all along, each person is unique with unique needs.
Keep the tomato because there are so many other so-called “healthy foods” that truly are bad for everyone.
Those fried veggie chips may look enticing and come from healthy foods, like beets or spinach, but, they’re fried! Not only that, they may be mostly made of starchy ingredients. Read the label and see what the first thing on the list is. Often it’s potatoes or other starchy ingredient. If you want a crisp treat, try making baked kale chips. They’re good and are nothing more than kale. Energy or protein bars are often nothing more than candy bars with a healthy looking package. Again, reading the label will help you decide. If you spot sugar or a form of sugar in the first few ingredients, put it down and walk away.
Reduced fat “anything” is often a label used to seduce the consumer to buy.
Seriously, why do manufacturers insist on taking perfectly healthy foods and changing them to unhealthy ones. It’s often because people aren’t aware that Mother Nature creates the best products around that don’t need changing. There are a number of reasons reduced fat products are necessarily healthy. Sometimes, that fat taken out is replaced with sugar to make the product more palatable. Too many simple carbohydrates, ie: sugar, are worse for your health than the fats that were removed. Some of the fat removed is actually good for you and can help you lose weight by making you feel fuller, so you’ll eat less.
- If you grab a bran muffin in the morning and congratulate yourself on a healthy choice, think again—especially if the muffin is relatively large. While the muffin is healthier than many other options, they’re also huge today. Cut it in half save the second half for the next day or share it with a friend.
- Check the label on your dried fruit. If those tasty cranberries have added sugar, put them down and make a different selection. Only choose fruit that contains just one ingredient—fruit.
- If you’re enthralled with ancient grains, make some bread yourself. The cereal and bread on the grocery shelf may not contain the whole grain or much of the grain and often have added fat and sugar.
- Watch out for “sports drinks” when you’re trying to improve your diet—unless you’re really doing a vigorous workout that requires replenishing electrolytes. Too often people drink these thinking they’re healthier, when they’d be better off with a bottle of water that hydrates without calories.