Heart Healthy Foods....NOT
Everyone knows there are laws against false
advertising. Maybe that is why we are so quick to buy the
advertised so-called good foods. Too bad Mother Nature doesn't
have an ad agency.
Good food is natural. Good food is not
processed. Good food is not injected with man made antibiotics
These are my top five most unhealthy foods.
1. Margarine....I don't care if it is labeled
heart healthy. Margarine is nothing but trans fats. Scientists
have known for more than 15 years that this stuff will kill
you. Your grandparents would not touch the stuff. Go back to
buying butter. Oh it may not be as easy to spread on your
bread, but believe me it will go a long way toward keeping your
heart healthy. You need some saturated fat in your diet---in
fact about 10% of your daily calorie intake. Remember that some
vitamins are only fat soluble.
2. Low-fat frozen yogurt... this is another
fake healthy food. It has none of the live healthy bacteria
found in regular yogurt. It is mostly high-fructose corn
syrup---empty calories promoting artery-clogging plaque. It
will spike your blood sugar and insulin levels. Go will the
real thing or have a small helping of real ice cream.
3. Canned soup... Surprised you on that one
didn't I. To make you think you are getting a tasty dish,
canned soup is loaded with salt that works out to about 890 mg
per serving. Add to that the over processed vegetables and the
flavor enhancers and you just turned a staple into a
nutrient-empty, trans-fat-loaded meal. Making your own soup is
not hard and with a crock pot you don't even have to stir it.
Use fresh vegetables and go easy on the salt.
4. Vegetable Oil... this ranks right up there
with the margarine. Most vegetable oil is vastly over processed
with heat that strips away any protective nutrients. Now you
are going to heat it some more to fry something. Hey---free
radicals that cause inflammation and heart disease. Look for
COLD-Processed organic seed oils. I know they cost more in
dollars but compare that cost to a health care cost involved in
5. Sodas or as we say here in Texas Coke...
There is absolutely nothing good that can be said about sodas.
They damage your liver, significantly contribute to insulin
resistance which in turn contributes to heart disease and
diabetes. The diet stuff is even worse if possibly, because of
the artificial sugars. If you won't give up cokes for the
health benefits, then consider this. One coke a day will put on
15 pounds in a year. If you are over weight just giving up that
one thing will make a big difference.
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