Healthy Alternatives To Unhealthy Foods

Don’t you just hate it when you find out that one of your favorite healthy foods turns out to be not so healthy at all? You’ve been eating this particular food for a long time, convinced that your body is benefiting from adding this to your diet, only to find out that there are actually a lot of reasons why you should be avoiding this food altogether.

I recently found out that there are some foods I’ve been eating that haven’t actually been doing my health or body much good, which was disappointing to say the least. This is why I was so glad to come across an article by Women’s Health that offered up not only detailed explanations on why certain foods masquerading as healthy areactually bad for you, but also suggestions on what to replace them with. As it turns out, many of these secretly unhealthy foods can actually be very easily replaced with very similar alternatives.

Keep on reading to see if your favorite foods are lying to you about their nutritional value – and how you can really get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy.

If you’re a fan of fish, you need to know that there are certain types of fish that are worse for your body than others. Swordfish in particular is harmful, since they tend to have high amounts of mercury in their bodies. Any fish that is on top of the food chain is going to accumulate the small amounts of mercury in greater quantities, so you really want to avoid those types of fish. Stick with wild-caught Alaskan salmon, or even tuna, since these fish are loaded with healthy omega 3 fatty acids and other great nutrients, without the high levels of mercury.

What about something like strawberries? How unhealthy can they be, right? Well, strawberries that aren’t grown organically are susceptible to pesticides and other chemicals that are meant to preserve and protect them. Do you really want these unnatural chemicals entering your body? Pony up the extra cash for organic fruits and veggies instead, and your body will thank you.

It’s also important to remember to steer clear of diet versions of yourfavorite foods and drinks. Diet soda is deceptively bad for you – in order to compensate for the lack of fat and calories, loads of artificial sweeteners are added into the recipe. Unfortunately, these additives have been shown to boost rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease, not to mention chronic headaches and long-lasting joint pain as well. Avoid anything with “diet” on the label for your own benefit.

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