For most of us good food is tasty food. Not necessarily! Here is a list of food you should banish from your kitchen for the health conscious.
1. Banish white bread or so-called multigrain white bread. Soft white bread is extremely tempting to bread lovers, and in spite of its silky soft appearance, it is best left unattended on the shelf. White bread practically contains no whole grains and can only lead to spiking up your blood sugar and insulin levels. Even so-called multigrain white breads do not contain whole grains, but rather enriched white bleached flour, which is as bad as the kind found in white bread. Instead, stock up on 100% rye bread or whole grain wheat bread. When picking up breads look at the ingredients label and pick up the bread that lists a whole grain as the first ingredient on the list.
2. Banish all kinds of peanut butter containing additives and other ingredients that do not belong in an otherwise natural wholesome peanut butter jar. Peanut butter is a national favourite among young and old alike, and spreading a generous lather of peanut butter on whole wheat toast or fruit is considered to be a good snack choice. However, a number of popular brands contain a host of hidden ingredients and additives that lowers the levels of good cholesterol while skyrocketing bad cholesterol levels in the body. Look out for trans fats in peanut butter, as a number of people are unaware of such deceptive additions unless they read the ingredient list carefully. Another ingredient to watch out for is ‘hydrogenated oils’, that are added in popular peanut butter brands. Instead, look out for small batches of wholesome natural peanut butter. You will know that it is natural peanut butter if the ingredient label lists the ingredients as peanuts, salt and oil; anything beyond or more than that should be avoided.
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3. Banish packaged and ready to eat trail mixes. Trail mixes are clothed in an aura of health and marketed as smart food options, but in reality they are loaded with chunks of sugary dried fruit that contains added sugar and chocolate chunks. In short, popular trail mixes are no more similar than candy. Instead, make your own customised trail mix at home by blending dried fruits and nuts of your choice while focusing on almonds, walnuts and oats.
4. Banish tinned and canned corn products from your pantry. Most people are of the opinion that all kinds of vegetables are good to eat no matter what they are, but in reality, certain kinds of vegetables are not really good options that offer complete nutrition. One such example is canned corn as it not only contains high levels of sugar but also simple starch, making it an unsuitable vegetable choice. Instead, stock up on canned green beans that are definitely better than corn due to substantial quantities of nutrients such as iron, calcium, and vitamin A, and most definitely low on sugar.
5. Banish packaged pasta sauces. Although cooked tomatoes contain significant amounts of a prostate healthy antioxidant known as lycopene, and is low in fat, it also contains copious amounts of sodium that can spike up your blood pressure levels to dangerous degrees. If you think that a packaged pasta sauce is safe if it does not contain meat or cheese, it does not guarantee complete nourishment. Instead, stock up on hot marinara sauces. Packaged marinara sauces that contain some heat or full-bodied seasonings such as jalapeños, or chilli peppers require much less sodium to preserve it.
Carol is an avid writer covering matters concerning health, weight loss, recreation and lifestyle. Currently she is associated with Nutra Pure HCG, a store specializing in weight loss products.