Popular Foods That Were Deemed Terrible For Your Health This Past Decade

Popular Foods That Were Deemed Terrible For Your Health This Past Decade

Since 2010, several hugely popular health
foods have been outed as being far unhealthier than people initially thought. So do away with that diet and forget the fads
that everyone bought into, because these are some of the foods that aren’t as good for
you as you might think. Juices have been around for a pretty long
while, so long, in fact, that there’s a reference to them in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Written sometime between 100 BC and 70 AD,
this document recommended its readers drink “a pounded mash of pomegranate and fig” if
they were looking for, quote, “profound strength and subtle form.” Then, of course, there was the orange juice
craze: in 1960, Americans were drinking 20 pounds each of concentrated orange juice every
year. Consumption of orange juice has been declining
for decades, however, and a 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
might reveal why: The sugar content in juice makes it just as bad for you as soda. The study revealed that even just a 12-ounce
serving of fruit juice for males aged 45 and older is linked to an 11 percent higher risk
of death…and it gets worse with multiple servings. It turns out it’s not just fruit juices that
are bad for you. Other popular types of juice, like those used
in the detox cleanses you’ve been hearing about for the last decade, aren’t great for
your health, either. A 2015 Los Angeles Times article referenced
several health experts that state there’s no data whatsoever supporting the value of
juice cleanses. Not only that, but juicing removes the healthiest
part of fruits and vegetables, the fiber, leaving behind just sugar water. Without the fiber, you won’t get any of the
health benefits from the fruit, and you’ll just feel hungry again after the sugar rush
dies down. So what’s the point? Once upon a time, the word “gluten” wasn’t
in most Americans’ vocabulary. After all, celiac disease only affects one
in 141 Americans, or 0.7 percent of the population. But somewhere along the way, more and more
people began adopting gluten-free diets for health reasons. The NPD market research group found a steady
increase in gluten-free diets among American adults between 2010 and 2012, measuring at
least 27 percent of the population. So it’s no surprise that companies began ramping
up production of processed gluten-free foods to meet the demand, including breads, pastries,
snacks, and gluten-free alternatives to pasta. Of course, you’d think that gluten-free foods
would be good for you, but Today reported in 2014 that the science is still out about
whether gluten-free diets are healthy for non-celiac individuals. And cutting out gluten certainly doesn’t automatically
translate to losing weight. In fact, many gluten-free products actually
have more calories than their gluten-filled alternatives, because they’re higher in sugar. Even the Gluten-Free Society cautioned its
followers in 2016 that processed gluten-free foods are actually anything but healthy: Many
of these products contain cheap grains like corn and rice, and they usually contain many
unhealthy fillers, too. If you actually like the flavor and texture
of egg whites, never fear; it’s still true that going yolkless is a protein-packed way
to save you from consuming excess cholesterol and calories. An average egg white contains around 4 grams
of protein, 17 calories, and zero cholesterol, as compared to a whole egg’s 6 grams of protein,
71 calories, and 186 milligrams of cholesterol. The latter sounds pretty bad considering that
the American Heart Association recommends no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol
a day to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Luckily for those of us who like the flavor
of the yolks, studies that have come out since 2010 that have dispelled the myth that egg
whites are healthier than consuming whole eggs. A 2013 study showed that, for the vast majority
of people, dietary cholesterol doesn’t have that great of an effect on blood cholesterol. That means that most people can eat up to
one egg per day without risk of developing heart disease or stroke. And that’s great news if you think egg whites
are, well…pretty depressingly tasteless. For decades now, carbs have been under attack
by health fans, but despite that, whole grains are on the rise. Among adults in the U.S., consumption rose
significantly between 2006 and 2016. More common refined grains like white flour
and rice are milled to remove the bran and germ, which improves their shelf life, but
removes vital nutrients. By comparison, whole grains like brown rice,
wheat berries, and oatmeal are higher in nutrients and fiber, and they’ve been linked to a lowered
risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Unfortunately, in 2014, the Harvard Gazette
reported that many foods with a whole-grain stamp aren’t as healthy as you might think. Researchers looked at 545 grain products from
major U.S. grocery stores, and determined that the foods with the whole-grain stamp
were higher in fiber and lower in unhealthy trans fats, but many of those foods were also
higher in calories and sugar than products without the stamp. Their conclusion was that it’s not enough
to look for whole-grain ingredients alone; they recommend that the ratio of total carbohydrates
to fiber be less than 10-to-1 for the food to be truly healthy. People in the U.S. sure do love potato chips:
in 2016, Grand View Research reported that the potato chip market was valued at $7.74
billion. So it’s only natural that Americans have turned
to veggie chips as a way to eat more vegetables, but enjoy them in the same, crunchy package
as potato chips. They certainly seem like a nutritious and
healthy alternative to potato chips, and veggie straw products have even started making their
way into school lunches. But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably
is, and that’s certainly the case here. In 2017, two men sued Hain Celestial Group
because their Garden Veggie Straws product doesn’t actually contain any vegetables. These products are basically potato chips:
They’re made with potato starch and cornstarch but are colored to look like vegetables using
tomato paste and spinach powder. It’s not just the straws, either; according
to Time magazine, many popular brands of vegetable chips are also just potato chips disguised
as other vegetables using colors and dyes. Sadly, Time also revealed that even the brands
that use actual vegetables still deep fry their chips, which can cause inflammation
and elevate your risk of heart disease. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit
smoking.” Non-dairy milk is nothing new. In fact, soy milk has been around in China
since the 14th century; coconut milk has formed the backbone of Southeast Asia, Indian, and
African cuisine for centuries; and almond milk reached Europe via the Middle Eastern
Moors in the 8th century. Their rise has been particularly notable in
the U.S. over the past few years, though, and dairy milk sales have been declining as
consumers become more and more interested in non-dairy nut milks. For these kinds of milk, sales have grown
61 percent since 2012. These plant-based milks have gained a lot
of traction among health enthusiasts because of their high levels of vitamins, minerals,
and protein content. It isn’t all good, though. Research from 2013 showed that many of these
products use carrageenan as a thickener. It’s still being studied, but this seaweed
extract might cause digestive issues, and it may even lead to glucose intolerance, which
can cause diabetes. So if you’re into alternative or plant-based
milks, make sure to check your ingredients label carefully! The agave plant has been used in Mexican cuisine
for thousands of years. That culture used it as a sweetener and, most
famously, fermented its natural sugars to create tequila. Somewhere along the way, however, it also
became everyone’s favorite sugar alternative. In 2011, fans of the Dr. Oz Show listed their
all-time favorite tips and recommended products for losing weight and increasing their energy. Agave nectar as a sugar substitute was the
number one recommendation. It wasn’t just Dr. Oz, either; Oprah suggested
using agave as a sugar substitute, and The Mercury News reported that its use as an ingredient
in commercial products jumped from 60 to 304 products between 2003 and 2008. Then, in 2014, Dr. Oz dropped a bomb. Writing on his blog, the health expert said: “After careful consideration of the available
research, today I’m asking you to eliminate agave from your kitchen and your diet.” People were initially drawn to this sweetener
because it’s low on the glycemic index, and although it contains the same number of calories
as sugar per teaspoon, you don’t have to use as much of it because it tastes sweeter. Unfortunately, the research has shown that
it contains way too much fructose, 85 percent, which is much more than regular sugar. Consuming too much of this type of sugar compound
can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit
drinking.” Yogurt wasn’t actually very popular in the
United States until it was advertised as a “health food” during the 1950s and ’60s. It really picked up after Dannon filmed an
ad in the Soviet Union in 1977, which insinuated you could live as long as the 100-year-old
people in the commercial, if you ate their product. It’s true that yogurt is high in protein,
calcium, and vitamins, and it was long thought that the probiotics in yogurt could have a
beneficial impact on the body when consumed. But this could be wrong. A 2015 study involving more than 4,000 thousand
people determined that regular consumption of yogurt doesn’t have any beneficial health
impact on our bodies. Not only that, but not all yogurt is even
that healthy. Some yogurts have excessive amounts of sugar,
and they often contain harmful additives, too. A registered dietitian told Self Magazine
that these additives could actually feed the bad bacteria in our guts, which is pretty
much the opposite of what you want when you eat yogurt. If 2019 was the year of anything, it was the
year of the meatless burger. Of course, vegetarian burger patties have
been around since the 1980s, but new brands of meatless burgers have promised all the
same great flavor as meat, with none of the environmental impact. That’s quite appealing to the rising number
of vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based eaters out there. But in 2018, Insider interviewed a registered
dietitian nutritionist who dispelled a lot of the myths about veggie burgers. First off, just because they have the word
“veggie” in the title doesn’t mean they actually contain any vegetables. They’re often made with grains like quinoa
or black beans, and they can also contain a lot of unhealthy filler ingredients. Some may not even contain sufficient amounts
of plant protein, which means they won’t fill you up or keep you feeling full. To add insult to injury, veggie burger patties
often contain high levels of sodium to add flavor, and too much sodium can lead to high
blood pressure and a number of other health woes. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit
amphetamines.” In the wake of the low-carb craze, wraps have
risen to the top of the healthy food chain. Bread sales have been declining since the
Atkins diet became popular in the 1990s, and they haven’t really been able to recover since. Instead, people have turned to ostensibly
healthier options, like pita bread or wraps. And hey, if you really prefer your food wrapped
in a tortilla as opposed to sandwiched between two slices of bread, feel free to carry on
with your normal lunchtime routine. But if you’re only eating wraps to save calories
and carbohydrates, well, sorry, but they’re not as healthy as you think. A 2015 study by SafeFood found that the contents
of the wrap matter a great deal, too. Some wraps were packed with as many as 1,000
calories and contained high levels of both sodium and fat. Even the wraps that might sound healthier,
such as spinach wraps, are made with dyes, and don’t actually contain extra nutrition
or fiber. Worse still, some tortilla brands are high
in trans fats and are made with hydrogenated oils, and they can be even worse for your
health. “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit
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50 thoughts on “Popular Foods That Were Deemed Terrible For Your Health This Past Decade

  1. How to make yogurt healthy: MAKE YOUR OWN! No sugar or stabilizers, just whole milk, plain, non flavoured yogurt for your starter and whipping cream for healthy fat. BTW, most minerals and vitamins in milk are only fat soluble so fat is necessary.

  2. Honey 🍯🐝is, and will always be king when it comes to the most healthy choice for a sweetener.

    It's more healthy than sugar, agave, or any other sweetener out there 😉💡.

  3. And people wonder why some just prefer to enjoy life and eat what you want in right amount. Forget all the health kicks/trends, that crap changes every year and nobody really seems to know what they're talking about. Portion what you eat and exercise seems a whole lot better than any trend like these.

  4. All nutritionists are full of crap. The human gastronomic system can digest just about anything and extract sufficient nutrition from it, so eat what want and if your body is short on some type of necessary nutrition you'll get a craving for some food that contains it.

  5. Fruit sugars and processed sugars in sodas are not the same relax with the juices are just as bad as soda. There’s a lot more in cold pressed non pasteurized juices than just sugar and water.

  6. Do anything we eat is good for you? At times all these study are annoying. We just eat what we like. Portion control and exercise is better. Still have fruits and your veggies. You be cool.


  8. Almost every study she mentioned was from 5 or more years ago. This stuff should have been on the news or something…
    oh wait..These Big Corporations own main stream media. It's all making sense now.

  9. Typically people who fell into these fads (cuz they were) are people who don't like to actually workout and eat in a caloric deficit. Or just want a quicker/easier alternative.
    People who arent very bright

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