These days with so much marketing around our food, it can be hard to tell what is actually good for your body. Between terms like “organic,” “all-natural,” “non-GMO,” and others, there’s a lot of misleading information out there that can be confusing. In fact, many foods that a lot of people think are “healthy” are actually toxic to your body and could be harming your health from the inside.
To help you keep better track of what you’re putting into your body, here is a list of some “healthy” foods that can actually be bad for you:
Tofu and other soy-based products have received high praise as healthy alternatives to protein in recent years. But despite all the advertisements and marketing, tests show that soy can actually be very damaging to the human body. Too much soy can drastically alter your hormone levels, which can create a “chain reaction” effect that leads to more difficulty losing weight, more cravings, and mood swings.
Maybe you’ve heard of the new “grass-fed” craze, where people are getting their beef from sources that only use grass-fed cows. The reasoning behind this is that many cows are fed grains or corn that are loaded with antibiotics. And while it’s true that too many antibiotics in your diet can be a bad thing for your gut health, this ignores some of the main dangers of red meat. Even grass-fed beef can contain high levels of saturated fat. As you probably know already, saturated fat is one of the worst things for your health. It’s been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular issues and high cholesterol.
A lot of snack foods these days advertise themselves as “sugar-free,” with flashy labels and marketing claims. But the truth is that these foods often contain sugar substitutes, some of which are even worse for you than regular sugar.1 Substitutes like agave can contain even more of the harmful compounds that make sugar one of the worse foods for the human body. So beware sweets that advertise being “sugar-free.”
You may remember the classic American Food Pyramid. The Food Pyramid was a set of nutrition guidelines that the U.S. Government recommended in order to stay healthy. In recent years, however, the old Food Pyramid has come under a lot of scrutiny.2 It recommended large amounts of grains, which can contain harmful gluten, and also dairy. Dairy, like soy, can mess up certain hormone levels if taken in high enough doses. It’s one of the reasons why the government started using a new Food Pyramid several years ago, which emphasizes the importance of fruits and vegetables. Despite what you may have heard about dairy, either through the Food Pyramid or through the famous “Got Milk?” advertisements in the 1990s, you should be wary about consuming too much dairy in your diet.
These four foods are just the start when it comes to foods that are marketed as “healthy” but actually can have negative health effects. These days, big food companies have a lot of money to spend on effective advertisement, which is unfortunately more focused on selling product than giving you accurate facts about health and nutrition. That’s why it’s important to do the right research, so you have a better understanding of what food you should be putting in your body.