Eating healthy should be a lot easier than it actually is. We should be able to trust the brands that we’re buying into, especially when labeled ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’. But what if we told you that you shouldn’t believe everything that’s labeled on the front of a product?
The food industry can be quite manipulative at the best of times. So how do we lookout for the ‘not so healthy’ versions, of what we consider to be ‘healthy foods’?
Read below to see what foods could still be causing your stomach trouble…
Although oats are full of fiber and gluten-free, unfortunately, recent research has shown that many oat-containing products contain unsafe levels of glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in weed-killer Roundup.
Glyphosate is classified as carcinogenic to humans, which contributes to chronic inflammation.
Organic oats are your answer.
Nut mylks as a dairy replacement have demonstrated to be a huge contribution in fighting chronic inflammation, however not all nut mylks are the same.
Some nut mylks carry large amounts of sugar, but our biggest problem is emulsifiers and carrageenan’s, which are thickening agents used in many alternative milk products. These additives coat your intestines, making it hard for your body to digest food.
Try making your own nut mylk, or find a brand that doesn’t have additives.
Many supplements can contain added sugar, fillers, and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. This is especially accurate for those ‘supplement gummies’ that taste so great but are actually doing more harm than good.
Next time, check out the ingredient list of the supplement you’re buying!
While honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar may sound like a healthier alternative to refined sugar, at the end of the day your body still processes it exactly the same.
If used in excess, sugar can contribute to an unhealthy blood sugar level, which can create chronic inflammation.
Read product labels to avoid too much sugar.
Although raw veggies seem like the healthiest alternative to everything else, there are some veggies that are best to cook. We call these guys the ‘cruciferous veggies’. They include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.
These veggies are responsible for causing thyroid issues and are closely linked to chronic inflammation. Plus, eating those veggies can be hard to digest on the gut, which aggravates pre-existing gut inflammation.
It’s best to bake or steam them!
Let’s sum this up…
So whether you’re on the anti-inflammatory diet, or you’re busy focusing on a clean eating lifestyle, please remember to always check the labels for any hidden nasties.
Unfortunately in this day and age, it’s hard to completely trust what a company is marketing to us, knowing that these additives are a quick and effective way to cut costs!
And furthermore, if your veggies aren’t sitting right then try cooking them instead. Your stomach will always thank you later when less work is involved in digesting foods!