This past week I went grocery shopping with a client and I was in awe of his good questions and misdirection about what’s “good and healthy”. It got me thinking, if he thinks this way…many others must as well. The grocery store is realities Wheres Whaldo of whats healthy and what’s not.
So here goes to debunking a few very common misguided beliefs about certain foods and theory’s.
1- Granola is NOT, I repeat, NOT a “healthy” food despite the healthy halo its received. The US government labels granola as a “grain- based desert”. Lets break it down. Most people serve up about 1 cup of granola at breakfast (average 25 grams of sugar). Worthy opponents: a piece of chocolate cake, with frosting (26 grams) or one cup of ice-cream (24 grams). Need a better visual? 6-7 sugar packets. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an unsweetened version of granola but that’s how it was created in the 1800’s by Dr. James Jackson. No way he’s happy about his granola sabotage.
2- So called natural sugars are better for you than good old brown sugar or table sugar. Not so much. Agave, cane sugars, malts, syrups, honey, and whichever nectar of the month in vogue, …all sugar. The take home for all sugars is how much your eating of it.
3- Strictly talking sodium…kosher salt, sea salt, or regular old Morton’s table salt are all about the same in sodium content. All play a role in blood pressure and due to the highly processed foods this country eats (sense the tone), all salts should be limited or better yet, eliminate processed foods. What’s the difference? Table salt is highly processed to eliminate trace elements. Kosher salt is minimally refined & made by compacting smaller granular flakes into larger more irregular shapes. Sea salt comes directly from evaporated sea water or underground resources.
4- The detox diet or cleanse to “remove toxins form the body. I don’t know where the confusion came from but our bodies do this on their own…naturally. These so called cleanses can be very harmful to the very precise electrolyte balance in our body. If your interested in making your body super efficient at removing toxins…drink a lot of water and aim for clear or lemonade color pee, increase the fiber in your diet to poop like a champ, work up a good sweat by regular exercise, and of course, limit alcohol, don’t smoke, and avoid processed foods. Done and done.
5- Greek yogurt. Yes, plain greek yogurt is very low in sugar…somewhere around 4-6 grams of sugar per individual serving (and has more protein then regular yogurt). But the flavored ones…any of them bump up to 15-17 grams sugar. (Pssst- it’s not “real” fresh fruit- it’s fruit packed with syrup). We’re back to rivaling a desert. Mom’s find these to be great kid snacks, but really its ice-cream with pro-biotics added to make you think your eating healthy. We can do better. Try the plain, Greek yogurt and add your own fresh fruit with chopped nuts and cinnamon.
The moral of the story, don’t believe everything you hear, or read. Marketers work hard to dup you, do your research and read labels.