Foods You Thought Were Healthy

This is something that I have been wanting to post for awhile. It's been collecting dust in my drafts and today I decided to ditch the laziness and just get it out there. Maybe because I'm so sick of scrolling through Instagram and seeing all these bullshit "health" posts. I'm not gonna get on a soapbox here and I'm not gonna touch on all the controversial food topics in America. I'm just here today to share a few food items that are masked as healthy but are loaded with crap. Truly, this list is endless, but no one wants to be here all day so I'll just throw a few at you. 




Peanut/Almond Butter
A great source of protein and an energy boost, but you should turn that jar around. Do you see 2368290 words in the ingredients list? Dump it in the trash! Peanut butter (and all nut butters) should not have or need that many additives. Drop a bunch of peanuts in a food processor and leave it going for about 10 minutes and guess what you have? REAL peanut butter and it's scrumptious. I've done this with almonds before and it's amazing. And if you really wanna just buy the stuff, go raw. Look for the Raw nut butters and check the back just to make sure they ain't lying!


Wheat Bread
Did you ever decide "hey white bread is bad, I guess I'll just eat wheat bread instead!" I did. And I did it for years. Until I stopped reading calories and fiber and started reading ingredients. Guess what was one of the first things listed? High Fructose Corn Syrup!!!! I started picking up every brand in the bread aisle and kept seeing the same 4 words, High Fructose Corn Syrup High Fructose Corn Syrup High Fructose Corn Syrup. I could not believe it. My first thought was "no wonder this is so delicious!" And then I thought "oh my god this is disgusting, I can't believe I had no idea, I can't believe I've spent years eating fraudulent wheat bread!"  It has become more common to see "no high fructose corn syrup" right on the front of a lot of breads these days. But I've switched over to sprouted grain breads like Ezekiel anyways and I'm never turning back. 


Granola Bars
Sugar, sugar, sugar. High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fat, and some have MSG! I think granola bars anger me the most. A lot people think it's a great on the go healthy grab, but most of them are a big giant lie. Next time you're in a supermarket and reaching for those Quaker bars, do yourself a favor and just take a little look at the back. Drop them on the floor and run. 


You don't have to hit up Whole Foods to find the good stuff, most supermarkets are now carrying a lot of the truly healthy snacks. All you have to do - and I can't stress this enough - is simply read the ingredients and find out what they are. Google is at our fingertips at all times! For example, have you seen carrageenan in an ingredient list before? Did you switch to using almond milk because you thought it was a healthy choice? Sometimes it is - depending on the brand, but carrageenan is in some of the most popular brands. Wanna know what it is and what it does? 

“food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors” -FoodBabe

I used to use Almond Breeze until a friend told me about this ingredient and I Googled it. And it's not just in some brands of almond milk, it's in other products too. Including some infant formulas and pet foods.  Yes, your human babies and fur babies could be ingesting this garbage! 

The best advice I can offer to anyone who is starting out on a health and fitness journey is simple. Read your labels and do your own research. Don't be fooled by "healthy" labels. 

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Now that I'm done with my little rant... in case you missed that I spelled my own name wrong, yea that happened. The proof is HERE. I'm still pimping myself out that I started a YouTube channel *clears throat* - another one since the whole name spelling situation and all. If you were kind enough to subscribe to the original one, please pretend like that never happened and come subscribe over here instead https://www.youtube.com/user/kellylouise616/videos. It would make my heart smile and it would pump me up for the giveaway that I would like to do in celebration of this new journey! 




xo



15 comments :

  1. homemade nut butters are so much better!

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  2. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvOctober 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I love making my own peanut butter. It's really scary that at times it seems nothing that you can buy is safe!

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  3. This was very informative! I think the thing that angers me the most is that this stuff is even allowed in our food supply and there's not enough awareness about it! It's gross to think that a lot of our "food" is made up of man-made chemicals. WHY!!?

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  4. but... i love peanut butter :(. i definitely need to try making my own now.

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  5. AHHHH! High fructose corn syrup in BREAD??!!! I usually avoid that stuff like the plague, and now I find out it's in my BREAD?! This is a nightmare. I wish there were restrictions on this stuff, but Monsanto practically owns the government. :(

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  6. PREACH! Adam and I have been talking about this problem for pretty much a whole year now. I'm OBSESSED with going to the grocery store and looking at the ingredient list and sugar content of all my old "healthy snacks." It super terrifying all the CRAP I used to eat... especially considering I thought I was being "healthy."

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  7. It's pretty obvious that granola bars aren't healthy. SUGAR! I guess if someone's goal is low-cal they can go with some of these things, but there's more to health than low cal.

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  8. Ahahahah omg so funny, I subscribed to the new channel. I 100% didn't notice the first time, but it's better you changed it, for the long run!

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  9. I'm a believer that if I can't pronounce it or understand what the ingredient is by reading it, then it's not healthy.

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  10. the peanut butter and almond butter you can buy at Trader Joe's is awesome. Ingredients: Peanuts, salt. The end. I like that you have to stir it up, because guess what people, peanut butter shouldn't have a uniform consistency like that Jiff stuff!

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  11. klutz in high heelsOctober 9, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    this is such a great post kelly, i'm actually sharing this with my husband. he is big into the "granola bars are healthy!" thing and it makes me nuts. i didn't know all these things untl you just posted it!

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  12. Well, this changes everything. Especially--almond milk! I love it so much!! I consider myself fairly healthy and definitely make sure to buy breads without high fructose corn syrup or products with too much sugar/sodium, but ooof. It's not always easy :) Best bet is always to make everything yourself--will have to try with my own nut butters.

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  13. I'll have to look for that to see if it's in my Almond milk.

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  14. Peanut butter was one I only discovered recently, so I tend to go for the least ingredients the better rule. I am diabetic,so the granola bars one was a shock to me when I was diagnosed. I feel so much more informed now, and there are a lot less additives used in the UK, but its so interesting

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  15. I have become slightly obsessive with peanut butter. I quickly turn the jar to the ingredients sections and if that jar contains anything other than 'peanuts', it's going right back on that shelf.


    Also, granola bars. Oh my! I thought I was doing myself a favor and giving myself a quick pick-me-up. Then I started to do some research and I nearly died. Never again will I buy a granola bar.


    Whole, fresh foods for the win!!

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