The Worst “Health Foods” You Can Possibly Eat and Why You Want to Avoid Them

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Eating healthy in today’s world can be difficult and confusing. If you have been to the grocery store lately you’ll notice that deceptive advertising and labeling has run rampant.

Words we commonly see on packaging that we associate with good health like sugar free, free range and even organic products can be misleading.

These products aren’t necessarily healthy, they just have a really good marketing team behind them which can make a horribly unhealthy food look good.

Here is a List of the “Health Foods” You Should Never Be Consuming

Soy Protein

shutterstock_183212168Soy protein has had a reputation for being an extremely healthy food, and has become a staple among vegans who have moved away from animal based proteins.

The problem with this concept is that in order for soy to have all of these healthy benefits it needs to go through the process of fermentation, where beneficial bacterial is grown within the soy. If you are in Asia enjoying a traditional dish you don’t have to worry however in America soy is processed without going through fermentation.

We have been researching the health effects of soy that hasn’t undergone fermentation for some time now, and the results show that we should generally stay away from eating soy.

Soy can cause a wide variety of health problems such as asthma, breast cancer, kidney disease and urinary cancer. Consumption of unfermented soy has also been linked to higher levels of estrogen in men as well.

Farmed Fish

shutterstock_293313236The reasoning why these fish are more unhealthy than their wild counterparts has yet to be discovered, however we do know definitively that farmed fish is less nutritious than wild caught.

One of the reasons why farmed fish are much more unhealthy than wild fish of the same variety is because of the difference in the levels of omega 3 fatty acids. Most people eat fish because of the benefits of lower cholesterol and other benefits to the circulatory system.

Unfortunately these farmed fresh fish tend to develop more omega 6 fatty acids, or the “bad” fatty acids associated with LDL cholesterol and the increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death that comes along with it.

Another reason not to eat farmed fish is that they were found to have environmental toxins called dioxins at levels up to 11 times that of the wild caught fish. These toxins cause serious health problems like cancer and organ damage.

If you can afford to buy the wild caught fish, opt for that choice. If not you are better off avoiding the farmed varieties altogether.

Fruit Juice

Every kid has had fruit juice growing up, and we tend to pass this tradition on to our children as well. Fruit juice does provide us with some benefits like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates.

The issue here is that the fruit isn’t consumed in its natural form, that you are removing all of that good fiber which helps slow down digestion and helps to prevent blood spikes.

Drinking an 8 ox glass of apple juice is almost the equivalent of consuming 6 apples in the time it takes you to finish the glass. Your body simply didn’t evolve to process food like this, and your blood sugar and insulin levels will spike as a result.

Drinking fruit juice too often can lead to serious health problems like type ii diabetes, obesity and cancer.  Eat whole fruits to avoid the spike in blood sugar that you get from drinking fruit juice.

Farmed Shrimp

Like wild caught fish, wild shrimp isn’t bad for you but the farmed variety can be bad for your health. First unlike the other farmed varieties of seafood, food additives to preserve the pinkish color of the shrimp are added, which have been linked to reduced sperm count in men.

Shrimp farms consist of large ponds, which are usually cleared with chemicals to kill off anything else living there before the shrimp are added to it. Many of these chemicals are linked to disruption in the hormonal balance of humans which again could have negative effects on testosterone levels in men.

Over 90% of shrimp sold in the United States is of the imported farmed variety, so you may want to just avoid shrimp altogether.