Most Protein Bars—Protein immediately makes people think “thin” and “healthy” which is odd because excessive protein consumption will turn into fatty deposits in the body. And most people eat more protein than they actually need. But call a sugar-laden candy bar a “protein bar” and most people think they’ve found the perfect health food. Most protein bars are just candy with a sprinkling of protein powder added (usually in isolated or hydrolyzed forms that contain monosodium glutamate—the harmful brain and nerve toxin).
So that makes most protein bars junk food. Does that mean there aren’t healthy protein bars out there? No, of course not, but most aren’t healthy contrary to what the label or the manufacturer might tell you. Instead of the sickly sweet bars, opt instead for Nature’s own high protein, super-nutritious snack foods: raw, unsalted nuts and seeds.
Low Fat Muffins—Low fat almost inevitably means “high sugar” in the world of baked goods. Many people still equate low fat in their food to lower fat on their body but this is a serious oversimplification of what causes us to become overweight. More often than not it is sugar and refined carbohydrates that cause people to store fat on their bodies. And since most low fat foods replace fat with extra sugar, low fat muffins or baked goods are the way to go if you want to gain weight and if you don’t mind it taking the form of love handles, belly flab or a muffin top…or should I say “low fat muffin top?”
Sugar-Free Drinks—Okay, I know I’ve been going on about sugar here, so this blog wouldn’t be complete without something “sugar-free” on the list. If you’re like most people you may think that sugar-free means “perfect health food” but it doesn’t. Sugar-free foods and beverages are usually full of artificial sweeteners concocted in a laboratory, including: aspartame (now called NeoTame or AminoSweet), saccharin or sucralose (Splenda). The list of illnesses linked to artificial sweeteners is many pages long but includes: seizures, brain tumors, chronic fatigue, birth defects and psychiatric disorders to name a few. That’s definitely not sounding so sweet is it? So, I urge you to think twice about that “sugar-free” flavor you add to your coffee or the diet soda you consume.
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