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It can be confusing to know which foods are good for you and which aren’t. It seems like every week, a new “health food” is being promoted while something previously lauded as health is being ousted.
Unfortunately, many foods reputed to be good for you are actually not. Let’s get the facts straight with this healthy foods to avoid.
1. Refined, Enriched Breads, Cereals, Flour and Grains
When a grain product is labeled as “enriched,” its naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and other nutrients have been stripped from it in the refining process. This can be due to mechanical or chemical processes. Rather than eating a healthy, whole, natural food that contains well-balanced nutrients, you end up eating a product that has been depleted of its natural goodness.
The manufacturer adds vitamins and minerals back into the stripped product, hence the “enriched” label. But rather than natural compounds the added nutrients are in the form of man-made chemicals and many types of nutrients, such as fiber, are not replaced. Common sense tells us that it is illogical to remove high quality, balanced, natural nutrients, to replace them with lower quality man-made ones.
Stick to whole grain products that retain all of their healthy goodness.