10 Superfoods That Are Less Super Than You Think
June 5, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

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In a time when healthy eating has almost become a lifestyle rather than something people do to stay, well, eh, healthy, there has never been more information on what foods are good or bad for you. The problem is that this information seems to change regularly. Something that you are told is brilliant for you one month, may be giving you cancer the next. So how do we find out what is good for you and what is not? Not to fret as in this article we will look at the foods that may not be near as healthy for you as you think, and help you make the best choices when it comes to looking after your body.

  1. Granola

Granola can be deceiving. It appears to be filled with the whole-grain goodness of oats. What’s so bad about that? It’s what you don’t see: all the added fat and sugar that turned those healthful oats into granola. This applies to granola bars, too. They may have a reputation as the optimal snack for healthy eaters, but many are made with added chocolate, sugars, and “chicory root extract,” which is mostly insulin, a sugar made from plants that is also a source of soluble fibre. Insulin, which is largely indigestible, adds both sugar and supplemental fibre to make granola look healthier than it is. Not all granola deserve a bad rap. Read those labels (sugars should not be in the first two ingredients) or make your own so you know what you’re eating.

  1. Corn

Corn is another staple in the diet, it’s grilled on the BBQ in summers, popped into bags at the cinema, processed into syrup, scooped into salsas, and made into breakfast cereals. Corn has been the subject of serious genetic modification. The problem with GMOs is that when new genes are added to corn, our bodies are then introduced to new proteins that we do not recognize, usually resulting in major sensitivities, hormonal changes and changes within the digestive tract. Corn is also one of the most common food allergens and is fed to cows in order to fatten them up and create a nice marbling affect in the meat.  Imagine what it’s doing inside of our bodies. If corn is a must, definitely opt for organic.

  1. Peppers

Many people suffer from inflammation, which is one of the biggest precursors to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Although the inflammation that causes these diseases is usually from heavily processed or refined foods, stress and genetics,foods such as peppers, may definitely contribute.   Peppers contain the alkaloid, solanine, which can disrupt nerve function and lead to twitching, convulsing and trembling. Bell peppers also pose a problem for joint health.  Unfortunately, this vegetable is not recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or people with any joint issues. Yikes!

Eggplant has some of the highest levels of solanine among all of the vegetables.  For people with chronic inflammation or serious joint problems, it’s a very good idea to stay far away from these purple veggies. Eggplant contains oxalates, a naturally occurring substance, that play a big role in causing kidney stones. People who have kidney or gallbladder issues or are prone to stones should stay away.

  1. Spinach

Conventional, meaning non-organic, spinach is also on the unhealthiest vegetable list. While spinach is loaded in vitamin A and K and has anti-cancer properties, conventional spinach has one of the highest levels of pesticides. Spinach has more than 48 pesticide residues found on it. That means a big risk of carcinogens, hormone disrupting and neurotoxins. Spinach also contains oxalates and purines, which can lead to gout and kidney stones.   Again, those with kidney problems, it might be best to stay away.

  1. Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a great snack and the lycopene within tomatoes are known to protect against prostate cancer and osteoporosis. However, tomatoes can increase inflammation within the body, especially within the joints. It’s a good idea for anyone with arthritis or joint problems to limit their consumption of tomatoes.

  1. Celery

Many people deem this vegetable to be close to nutritionless, a simple vessel for dips and not much else. Although this vegetable does pack a fibrous punch and new research has shown its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. According to the USDA, celery has been found to have 68 pesticide residues; most of these pesticides being potent hormone disruptors. It’s time to jump on the organic celery bandwagon.

  1. Kale

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables out there, it’s a local superfood and has many, many healing properties; however its not without its flaws either. According to Shopper’s Guide to.  Kale is goitrogenic, meaning it can cause or contribute to goitres, but this really only affects people who have an unhealthy thyroid.  For people who are healthy, the goitrogenic nature of kale should not be a problem. Similar to spinach and eggplant, kale contains oxalates and consumption should be slightly monitored if one has an untreated kidney or gallbladder problem.

  1. Squash

Squash is chock full of great minerals, fibre and vitamins. It is however one thatcan play a role in kidney stones, so those with kidney problems may want to monitor their intake. Non-organic squash has been found to have high levels of pesticides so if you are fond of Squash try to make it organic where possible.

  1. Potatoes

While white potatoes do have health benefits, many people consider them to be more of a starch and when compared with their green vegetable friends they don’t really stand up to the nutritional punch. They’re also on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list–they are one of the vegetables that have the highest pesticide levels, which is harmful for our nervous system and especially our liver, one of the hardest-working organs. These spuds are part of the nightshade family, a group of vegetables that contain alkaloids, which have an impact on nerve-muscle function, joint function and digestive function.Some great substitutes for white potatoes are sweet potatoes,

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10 Superfoods That Are Less Super Than You Think
June 5, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

superfoods

In a time when healthy eating has almost become a lifestyle rather than something people do to stay, well, eh, healthy, there has never been more information on what foods are good or bad for you. The problem is that this information seems to change regularly. Something that you are told is brilliant for you one month, may be giving you cancer the next. So how do we find out what is good for you and what is not? Not to fret as in this article we will look at the foods that may not be near as healthy for you as you think, and help you make the best choices when it comes to looking after your body.

  1. Granola

Granola can be deceiving. It appears to be filled with the whole-grain goodness of oats. What’s so bad about that? It’s what you don’t see: all the added fat and sugar that turned those healthful oats into granola. This applies to granola bars, too. They may have a reputation as the optimal snack for healthy eaters, but many are made with added chocolate, sugars, and “chicory root extract,” which is mostly insulin, a sugar made from plants that is also a source of soluble fibre. Insulin, which is largely indigestible, adds both sugar and supplemental fibre to make granola look healthier than it is. Not all granola deserve a bad rap. Read those labels (sugars should not be in the first two ingredients) or make your own so you know what you’re eating.

  1. Corn

Corn is another staple in the diet, it’s grilled on the BBQ in summers, popped into bags at the cinema, processed into syrup, scooped into salsas, and made into breakfast cereals. Corn has been the subject of serious genetic modification. The problem with GMOs is that when new genes are added to corn, our bodies are then introduced to new proteins that we do not recognize, usually resulting in major sensitivities, hormonal changes and changes within the digestive tract. Corn is also one of the most common food allergens and is fed to cows in order to fatten them up and create a nice marbling affect in the meat.  Imagine what it’s doing inside of our bodies. If corn is a must, definitely opt for organic.

  1. Peppers

Many people suffer from inflammation, which is one of the biggest precursors to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Although the inflammation that causes these diseases is usually from heavily processed or refined foods, stress and genetics,foods such as peppers, may definitely contribute.   Peppers contain the alkaloid, solanine, which can disrupt nerve function and lead to twitching, convulsing and trembling. Bell peppers also pose a problem for joint health.  Unfortunately, this vegetable is not recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or people with any joint issues. Yikes!

Eggplant has some of the highest levels of solanine among all of the vegetables.  For people with chronic inflammation or serious joint problems, it’s a very good idea to stay far away from these purple veggies. Eggplant contains oxalates, a naturally occurring substance, that play a big role in causing kidney stones. People who have kidney or gallbladder issues or are prone to stones should stay away.

  1. Spinach

Conventional, meaning non-organic, spinach is also on the unhealthiest vegetable list. While spinach is loaded in vitamin A and K and has anti-cancer properties, conventional spinach has one of the highest levels of pesticides. Spinach has more than 48 pesticide residues found on it. That means a big risk of carcinogens, hormone disrupting and neurotoxins. Spinach also contains oxalates and purines, which can lead to gout and kidney stones.   Again, those with kidney problems, it might be best to stay away.

  1. Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a great snack and the lycopene within tomatoes are known to protect against prostate cancer and osteoporosis. However, tomatoes can increase inflammation within the body, especially within the joints. It’s a good idea for anyone with arthritis or joint problems to limit their consumption of tomatoes.

  1. Celery

Many people deem this vegetable to be close to nutritionless, a simple vessel for dips and not much else. Although this vegetable does pack a fibrous punch and new research has shown its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. According to the USDA, celery has been found to have 68 pesticide residues; most of these pesticides being potent hormone disruptors. It’s time to jump on the organic celery bandwagon.

  1. Kale

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables out there, it’s a local superfood and has many, many healing properties; however its not without its flaws either. According to Shopper’s Guide to.  Kale is goitrogenic, meaning it can cause or contribute to goitres, but this really only affects people who have an unhealthy thyroid.  For people who are healthy, the goitrogenic nature of kale should not be a problem. Similar to spinach and eggplant, kale contains oxalates and consumption should be slightly monitored if one has an untreated kidney or gallbladder problem.

  1. Squash

Squash is chock full of great minerals, fibre and vitamins. It is however one thatcan play a role in kidney stones, so those with kidney problems may want to monitor their intake. Non-organic squash has been found to have high levels of pesticides so if you are fond of Squash try to make it organic where possible.

  1. Potatoes

While white potatoes do have health benefits, many people consider them to be more of a starch and when compared with their green vegetable friends they don’t really stand up to the nutritional punch. They’re also on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list–they are one of the vegetables that have the highest pesticide levels, which is harmful for our nervous system and especially our liver, one of the hardest-working organs. These spuds are part of the nightshade family, a group of vegetables that contain alkaloids, which have an impact on nerve-muscle function, joint function and digestive function.Some great substitutes for white potatoes are sweet potatoes,

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