When 'healthy' isn't healthy


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      We've all been on that health kick where we try to change up our diet and eliminate junk food.  Maybe you switch wheat for white bread, eat a power unhealthy-healthy-foods.jpgbar for lunch, and a sports drink instead of water, but what if all these efforts are actually harming your health?  Science today shows that what the majority of society thinks is "healthy," is actually only harming your body. 
      The first food that is thought to be healthy is multigrain and wheat breads.  Both white and wheat breads are made with an enriched flour, which contains
refined and processed ingredients.  This can cause an unhealthy spike in your blood sugar, and lead to inflammation and weight gain.  Unless the bread specifically states 100 percent whole wheat, stay far away because it has no nutritional value.  This website here tells you a little more about grains and the consequences they can leave behind 
     The next food item that will deceive you is power bars.  Personally, I am guilty of replacing meals with a bar, and thinking I made an excellent healthy choice.  Little did I know, I would have been better off eating a Snickers bar and it would have been much more enjoyable.  Power bars are not intended for "the every day person" because they are packed with calories, sugars, and protein.  So unless you are a high intensity athlete, most candy bars are surprisingly a better option due to its lower caloric and sugar content.  Now don't go and eat a Twix bar for lunch everyday, but when compared with a power bar, the candy bar takes the cake.  This website lists seven candy bars that are actually worse than power bars.  Definitely both helpful and interesting so go take a look.  
      Lastly, another deceiving food is diet sodas.  The reason people gravitate towards diet drinks is simply because it seems like a healthier option, but in fact, its the opposite.  Diet soda may have substantially lower calories than a regular soda, but it definitely comes at an expense.  Diet drinks are filled with artificial sweeteners that can lead to weight gain and diabetes.  So now its up to you, if you would rather consume a few extra calories, or inhabit a long term disease.  
      Regardless of which route you take, diet, wheat, meal bars etc. everything has its downfall.  Unless your planning on eating raw broccoli for the rest of your life,  your going to face negative effects from food.  So next time you see the terms "whole wheat, power bar, or diet," don't be fooled.  

If you're interested in some other healthy foods that aren't so healthy, check out this site here!

Credit: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/10-healthy-things-that-aren-t.htm#page=10

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Although this blog is about food, one thing I learned while researching really stuck out to me. Apparently hand sanitizer is another "healthy thing that isn't so healthy." I learned that hand sanitizer only works in moderation, and when overused, it can actually have negative consequences. Studies show that when overused, your immune system doesn't know how to fight against bacteria because it has relied on the sanitizer. So is it worth the risk of fighting germs on your own, or having the help of sanitizer that could potentially end up harming you?

Here is a website that explains this is a little more depth.
http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/10-healthy-things-that-aren-t.htm#page=7

Wow, this blog is very informational, but makes me sad. Coming to PSU, I did not want to gain the freshmen 15. So everyday I have been eating a power bar instead of going to the commons and getting something else. I also eat wheat instead of white because I heard it is better for you. I found this really cool website that allows you to pick two foods and compare the calories and nutritional facts: http://www.sparkpeople.com/food_vs_food.asp?food=54_55_white-bread_versus_wheat-bread According to that website whole wheat is better for you.It all depends on the brand you are consuming.
The sports drinks and power bars are meant to be used as supplements not permanent meals. I was wrong in thinking that the bars would be better then an actual meal. You need to make sure that you have fresh fruits and veggies in all your meals and get the correct about of nutrition in your meals.
If you want to try to eat healthier while getting the correct nutritions, check out this website:
http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm

Wow, this blog is very informational, but makes me sad. Coming to PSU, I did not want to gain the freshmen 15. So everyday I have been eating a power bar instead of going to the commons and getting something else. I also eat wheat instead of white because I heard it is better for you. I found this really cool website that allows you to pick two foods and compare the calories and nutritional facts: http://www.sparkpeople.com/food_vs_food.asp?food=54_55_white-bread_versus_wheat-bread According to that website whole wheat is better for you.It all depends on the brand you are consuming.
The sports drinks and power bars are meant to be used as supplements not permanent meals. I was wrong in thinking that the bars would be better then an actual meal. You need to make sure that you have fresh fruits and veggies in all your meals and get the correct about of nutrition in your meals.
If you want to try to eat healthier while getting the correct nutritions, check out this website:
http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm

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