It might be an obvious choice to avoid the aisle with sugary treats, but some foods might be just as bad that are marketed as healthy. These unhealthy foods packaged as health foods can be yogurt, breakfast cereal, or bottled water. It can be difficult to overcome vices when it comes to what you’re used to, but things like soda can lead to serious health problems, such as dementia and stroke. Learn how to avoid unhealthy “health foods” the next time you’re shopping at the grocery store.
The baby boomer generation is starting to reach the age of 65 in record numbers. The diet and health choices we make can positively impact the well being of our senior loved ones. Taking these steps impacts future and currents generations to lead healthy and happy lives.
During the 80’s and 90’s the Big Gulp came onto the forefront of american diets. This was a normal part of american life and people weren’t aware of the amount of calories and sugars they were consuming. During the 2000s more focus came into place on healthy diets and exercise, making people aware of the adverse effects of soft drinks. Despite that many americans still consume an unhealthy diet, affecting the nation’s overall wellness. People think they are making a healthier choice when they choose diet soda, but it’s high in artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients. These toxic chemicals found in diet soda can cause kidney stones, dementia, and stroke. The scary thought is what other foods are disguised as healthy that are harmful to our bodies.
Canned soup contains large amounts of processed salts, MSG, and multiple additives that are known for negatively affecting our health. Although, one of the main unhealthy ingredients is bisphenol-A (BPA), which is contained in the lining of the can. It is a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system, making canned beans and soups harmful. It’s a healthier option to make soups and beans at home, so you know what’s going in your body. Also, BPA-free canned foods can be found at health food stores like Whole Foods.
Many store-bought cereals are filled with high-fructose corn syrup and GMO corn, which lacks in fiber and nutrients. A healthier option is making oatmeal with yummy toppings, such as nuts, cinnamon, honey, and raisins. Another choice is making muesli and eating it over natural yogurt.
Many childhood were filled with microwavable popcorn and a coca-cola, but little did we know the toxic chemicals that are included. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is used inside the liner of popcorn bags. The chemical can leak into the popcorn when it’s heated, causing infertility and other health problems. Making popcorn on the stove is a better option. Healthy alternatives can be used to season it, such as coconut oil and sea salt.
Water is supposed to be the sustenance to life, but water bottle companies are poisoning us. The top 10 popular water bottle brands contain chemical pollutants, contaminants, and bacteria. If that’s not bad enough, phthalate used to make water bottles can go into water and potentially cause cancer. The best alternative is to install a high-quality filter for your water tap water at home.
Yogurt is known for having many healthful benefits, such as active cultures and probiotics. Although, during the pasteurization process the good enzymes are destroyed. At your local health food store you can find the real deal, rich in probiotics or nutrients. Another option is to make your own yogurt at home.
Reno Valley Assisted Living and Retirement Community
Reno Valley is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional wellbeing. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.