Consuming health foods and beverages have been all the rage the past few decades with many consumers swapping cow’s milk for almond milk and spending extra cash to buy pink Himalayan salt instead of settling for just regular salt that our parents and grandparents have safely used for several decades.
Sometimes, you can’t help thinking that these special health products are actually just marketing gimmicks or fad diets that do not have any scientific basis that prove they are actually healthier than just eating a regular well-balanced diet.
To set the record straight, a group of science buffs have asked Andy Bellatti, a licensed dietician, to shed light on whether certain health foods and drinks are truly better for you than just the regular variety. You might be surprised to know that some famous wellness products don’t really do much to make you healthier.
1. Almond Butter
Most fad diets and trendy food products today contain almond butter because it sells. It is an expensive fad that has replaced the lowly and common peanut butter. If you stick with the regular peanut butter spread, you will still gain the same type of vitamin E, proteins and healthy fat as you would if you consumed expensive almond butter.
We have always been taught that juice is good for you. Fresh juices are just liquid by-products without natural fiber. The liquid that you squeeze out of fruits contain a lot of sugar, which is actually unhealthy in large amounts. When you eliminate the fiber, you remove the protein that makes you feel more full. You also lose protein which produce hunger pangs and lowers your energy levels and muscle mass.
Generations of children and adults have been popping vitamin pills everyday thinking diseases or illness will set in more quickly without them. Many years of research never proved that vitamins will make us stronger. Although some amounts of vitamins are necessary for our bodies to produce energy, most of the nutrients we need to stay healthy can be found in regular food.
4. Gluten-free Bread
This is only beneficial for the few, about one percent of the population, who suffer from celiac disease. Most people will not become healthier by eliminating regular bread from their diet. So go ahead and enjoy your favorite bread or bagel.
5. Almond Milk
Swapping almond milk for regular cow’s milk is another recent beverage fad that does not really give you extraordinary benefits. You are better off eating whole almond nuts than consuming the milk product which only contains two percent of the nutrients in whole almond nuts. The milk version of almonds does not contain much protein either. You are better of drinking skim, soy, or low-fat milk than this pricey version of milk.
This product is popular among health conscious hikers and other people who pursue active lifestyles to stay fit and slim. Athletic people are duped into buying bags of granola to stay energetic and strong during their exercise regimens. Granola actually just contains a lot of sugar and calories which gives consumers a false feeling of strength and vitality. A cup of this product contains 600 calories.
7. Detoxifying Drinks
Lemon-based drinks and other so-called detox beverages are not really going to do much to cleanse your body. Getting rid of toxins in your body is the job of your kidneys and liver. According to Bellatti, these two organs can do what the fad detox drinks claim to achieve.
8. Egg Whites
Many people avoid eating the yolks, thinking that the yellow part of the egg is unhealthy and that the white portion is the only part that is good. Recent studies have proven that this is false. Unless your cholesterol level is extremely high, it is alright to eat the tasty part of the egg, the yellow yolk.
9. Agave Nectar
In the past, health gurus, have encouraged people to use Agave Nectar as an alternative to normal sugar. According to health claims in the past, Agave has a lower glycemic index than white sugar. It is supposedly a good alternative for those who suffer from blood sugar problems. Although Agave is low in glucose, it is high in fructose which is linked to heart disease.
10. Pink Himalayan Salt
The pinkish color in Himalayan salt comes from small amounts of rust, pebbles, and iron oxide. It also has some trace amounts of iron, calcium, sodium and potassium. Although it is pink and looks fancy, Himalayan salt is still – just salt! Expensive salt for that matter.
11. Bottled Water
If you live in a first world country, your tap water is probably just as clean and potable as bottled water. Sometime during the last generation, bottled water companies have convinced us that drinking water from a plastic bottle is healthier and cleaner. Why spend thousands on bottled water if you can get the same safe H2O from your kitchen faucet.
Now you know!