Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What NOT to Put in your Grocery Cart

Dr. Oz and many others in the health field recommend avoiding the following 5 types of food to improve your health.

#1 Avoid simple carbs, a.k.a sugars
This includes donuts, pies, ice cream, candy....you get the point! Simple carbs increase your blood sugar, one moment you are full of energy and sooner than you know it, you've dropped and you're ready for a nap.

#2 Avoid meats high in nitrates and saturated fats
Studies have found nitrates linked to stomach cancer and other degenerative illnesses. Unhealthy saturated fats end up on your rear end! Choose turkey and chicken, both are high in protein and minerals. Find lunch meat such as Boar's Head that do not add nitrates.

#3 Avoid foods high in sodium
The recommended amount of daily sodium is 2300 mg. for an adult, an average of 1 tsp. Sodium is bad for your blood pressure and arteries. Use herbs to flavor your meals instead!

#4 Avoid fake healthy foods
Marketeers try to con us into thinking a cookie can actually be good for us when they use the words 'low fat' or 'all natural' but usually these foods are high in sugar. You end up eating them and still feel hungry!

#5 Avoid products that have ingredients that you can't pronounce
If you need a chemistry degree to read the label, it can't be good for you.
Products that contain five ingredients or less is a good rule to use when buying packaged food.

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