20 Healthy Foods that Turned Out to Be Unhealthy

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1. Muesli

Many people make the move from consuming sugary cereals or fatty fried breakfasts to eating a portion of muesli in the mornings. This is no surprise, as muesli is often specifically marketed to the health-conscious crowd.

You may be dismayed, however, to learn that the type of muesli that you can find in most stores is actually quite bad for your body if you are trying to shed fat or maintain a healthy weight.

Specifically, muesli often provides as many as 500 calories per serving, has a high fat content, and contains an unacceptable amount of added sugar. You’d be better off eating fresh fruit or even a plain doughnut.

If you hate the idea of giving up muesli, but are committed to eating healthily, the best thing that you can do is make your own muesli. To make muesli, you need buy oats, sunflower seeds, a small amount of dried fruit, and some macadamia nuts (though you should be conservative when adding the fruit and nuts in order to keep the sugar and fat content of your muesli under control).

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With a serving of fat free milk, this homemade muesli will give you the fuel you need to start your day without causing your blood sugar levels to skyrocket.


516 Comments

  1. ARBEE

    December 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Wow. After reading the comments I can see why we are so unhealthy. FACT: Animals eat healthy plants and then we eat the animals. This is a SECONDARY MACRO-nutrient. FACT: The digestive system of ANY meat eater is SHORT for a reason. You have to eat a ton of meat to get any nutrition out of it, hence the shorter digestive track. So we have 2 food groups, not 4. The first one is MICRO-nutrient. The second is MACRO-nutrient. DAIRY is NOT food. And when your body leeches calcium out of your bones so that it can process meat and dairy, stop wondering why you have osteo. The whole idea of nutrition wont kick in until its too late and you are on a hospital bed. FACT:Ask ANY doctor , anywhere. They will tell you to eat more veggies/fruit. Make a blended shake or 2 everyday with fresh fruit & veggies… NOT juice. You WILL live and feel better AND lose weight, guaranteed. I’ll bet everything I own on that statement. 😉

    • bsant

      January 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      In fact, I do eat a ton of meat and I’m extremely healthy and at an optimal weight.
      I even reversed metabolic syndrome.

    • Sylvie

      January 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      ask any doctor and they know mostly nothing. lol.

      if you had any logic you would not say what you just said.

      In fact meat is a very highly nutrient dense food, that’s why the digestive track is SHORT so the food doesn’t have to stay there for days to get digested -quite OPPOSITE of what you concluded. So is it safe to say your other comments are wrong too 🙂

      You can google this info, but i copied/pasted so you dont have to :
      ‘digestive tracts
      • Herbivores have long digestive tracts because it takes a long time to absorb nutrients from the plant material which they eat. They also have a large caecum which helps, along with enzymes, breakdown the plant material and cellulose.
      • Carnivores have shorter digestive tracts as they can obtain nutrients from the meat they consume more quickly. They have a relatively small caecum as their diet only consists of small amounts of plant material.•

      Evolution works in a different way than you think 🙂
      cheers

  2. $22883771

    December 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Just remember, You don’t have to feel full all the time.
    Being hungry(Not Faint) is just fine for a couple hours before eating.
    Half the worlds population lives on a handful of rice each day and is very hungry all the time. A lot of them live to be over a hundred years old.

  3. tokoloshiman

    December 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    eat drink and be merry , it may be your last opportunity!

  4. Nunya Bidness

    December 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Trail Mix exists because it is extremely dense when it comes to calories – for it’s weight it packs a lot of energy – it was created for that very purpose. So it isn’t really fair to call it “unhealthy”. Anything that is designed for athletes on the go, probably should not be eaten by people tying to lose weight.
    Just as a runner will load up on pasta prior to a race or marathon, somebody trying to eliminate body fat should stay away from that meal.

  5. Gregory Brown

    December 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Trail mix is called that for a reason. Its calories are meant to fuel hiking on a trail.

  6. harryhill

    December 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Really, actually FIBER is the bad one. Million of words devoted to the need to
    have Fiber by the tons. Read Fiber Menace. Trying to get over impactation using fiber intake did me in.

  7. Ronin

    December 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    There were no overweight people in Belsen, and all the other starvation death camps, its all about stuffing food down your throats.
    As for grains, they contain a cocktail of chemicals to be mass produced and genetically altered.
    Almost everything we eat and drink, has a chemical content, we consume a mass of chemicals every day.
    Even the “air” we breath is laden with filth.
    Just start by checking out the “contents and ingredients” hidden away on the packaging.

  8. James

    December 30, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Holy geeze, why the continued emphasis on fat?
    How about this, make a google search for something along the lines of “bioavailability nutrients fat” and you will probably find lots of scholarly articles talking about how everything from caretonoids to you name it is ONLY useable by your body in the presence of dietary fat. This is because many of the vitamins and nutrients we require, especially the ones from vegetables, are fat soluble.
    Bottom line? If you eat a salad with lots of fat, you will get the most out of the vegetables. If you eat a salad with no added fat or sugar, you won’t get much out of them but it won’t heart you. If you eat a salad with no fat but added sugar(every low-fat dressing on the market, basically) it will actually be deleterious to your health.

  9. nikz nik

    December 31, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Everyone has mentioned about calories, Fats and Carbohydrates. Haven’t you all thought about people have different metabolisms. I have a fast metabolism and I burn fat quicker than people with slow metabolism; however as I am becoming older my metabolisming is becoming slower. Exercise is very important and since I have stopped going to the gym for nearly 9 months I feel crap. Tiredness, lethargic, lack of energy, lazy, feeling Ill and I am pretty sure I have gained weight even though I hardly eat junk food. I eat whole meal chapptis with healthy indian curries and eat meat once a week. But I am really addictive to Coca Cola

  10. The Kreator

    December 31, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Many studies in the past five to ten years have concluded that the healthiest that the population of the UK has been in the last 100 years was during WW2 when the population was pretty much forced via rationing and food shortages to eat mostly leafy and root vegetables and ALL of any animal slaughtered, which means eating ofel as well as meat, but keeping to a minimum the animals consumed as these were a very inefficient food source, the single biggest factor of this diet was the scarcity and therefore reduced indulgence in food. As well as the effect of diet, many more people were taken out of their inactive lifestyles and forced to work, meaning everyone even Royalty had sufficient exercise. We have a lot to learn from these studies.

  11. nyran125tk

    January 1, 2014 at 7:32 am

    so eat salad with wholemeal bread with no sauces and you should be fine

  12. Jman

    January 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Trail Mix is not meant to be healthy, the reason it is called trail mix is because when you are out camping or otherwise it is meant to be a high calories intake for survival. Of course trail mix is going to be fatty, it is meant to be.

  13. Chris Brown

    January 2, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I am in the interesting situation where I need lots and lots of calories cos I’m tall I mean there will be lots of people who think that’s a good thing but I find it hard to keep weight on, alot of the fatty foods I tend to eat alot cos I just don’t cook enough at home, theres no substitution for home cooking though, as for energy bars and energy drinks I used to get loaded up on a couple a day and it just made me overly stimulated, coffee is my personal fave for quick energy

  14. Mark Penrice

    January 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I suppose a couple of these might be sort of surprising to some people…? But most of them shouldn’t really be that much of a shock.

    1/ Muesli is basically trail mix in a bowl, with milk on it. It’s a high energy breakfast for people who are going out into the snow all day to do strenuous things, whether recreational skiing or chopping down trees. Shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s loaded with calories and sugar. The fat is a bit of a surprise, granted, but that’s less problematic than the sugar rush. Making your own can help, but it doesn’t avoid the fact of its origin.

    2/ Banana chips. The clue’s in the name. Specifically, the “chip” bit. Nothing that comes as a “chip” can be considered good for you. Notwithstanding that bananas are a pretty sugary, fatty excuse for a fruit in the first place.

    Bonus on #3 – although I would actually have suspected Tuna as being an otherwise healthy choice (so long as you don’t take the easy option of slathering it in mayonnaise and instead either take it straight or with a sparing dash of soy sauce and/or a glug of rice vinegar, etc), the fish is established and well known as a strong muscular bioaccumulator of toxins like mercury and that your intake should be limited… at least since Minamata, anyway. Which was already old news when I was at school and learning about it in geography class. On top of that, we have the issue of taking it as sushi (already a slight risk in of itself – what, no grilled steak, or having it tinned?)… and a maybe more pressing one of 6+ ounces of it actually being rather expensive. If you can easily afford to eat that much of it a week, you can probably find room in your budget for a dialysis machine to hook yourself up to whilst eating, set up to strip as much mercury from your blood as possible even as you absorb it from your meal. I’ve no worries about overdosing, as even the little “4 ounce” (3 actual ounces when drained) supermarket tins are getting ever pricier and it’s now more of a sandwich filling treat than a staple… the fresh cuts are far worse, possibly more expensive even than lamb / veal / venison.

    4/ Energy bars … if you really need it pointed out that something that is basically a chocolate or candy bar, with extra sugar and stimulants shoved into it to make it an “Energy” (big clue there! calories = energy!) bar, then there’s probably no hope for your life as an independent adult. Maybe I’m a freak but it was always obvious, and I’ve only ever viewed them as an emergency pick-me-up, a system reviver when it’s becoming very hard to continue with the day, that I might have half a dozen of during the year and then try to eat extra healthily the next day to compensate for it (ditto Energy Drinks, especially the high powered ones that leave you feeling like a robot with an overloaded battery). Never as a “healthy snack”.

    5/ Trail mix. IT’S EXPLICITLY DESIGNED TO POWER YOU UP AND OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES, ON FOOT, AND NAMED AS SUCH. What part of that suggested it wouldn’t be full of empty calories that are intended to be digested and absorbed as easily and quickly as possible and sent straight into your blood… and from there, ideally, right into your muscles, turned into movement, heat and carbon dioxide, with the latter being quickly breathed out? Or, if you’re just snacking on it without exercising, into your fat cells after a quick sojourn in the liver?

    (What next, you reveal that Kendal Mint Cake is actually a block of pure sugar with a dash of mint extract, coated with the thinnest possible layer of dark chocolate, and it’s probably not a good idea to view it as a healthy option that’s OK to nibble on whilst slouched on your sofa?)

    I think the upshot of all this can be summed up as “just because it has fruits and grains in it doesn’t automatically make it healthy”. Which one would hope might be obvious to anyone who’s ever eaten a black forest gateau.

    6/ OK, it’s a salad. It’s also slathered in oily and oddly sweet dressing. At what point did the alarm bells not go off? If you must order a salad from McDonalds, ask for them to either hold the dressing, or at least give it to you on the side. Then muse on how you could have got the same thing for a quarter of the price from Walmart. And let’s not even start on other things that abuse the falsely “automatically healthy” “salad” name such as potato, waldorf, etc.

    I wouldn’t worry about the parmesan, though. You get so little of it – thanks to how strongly flavoured it is – that until it starts to overpower the rest of the dish you can pretty much ignore it. Similarly if you make a greek salad and have a few cubes of feta and a cheeky drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. It’s the soggifying masses of mayo or readymade vinaigrette (which has a much smaller vinegar:oil ratio) that’s the real problem.

    PS a salad that actually has any kind of meat in it other than maybe plain, undressed tuna or a smaller amount of absolutely lean, plain chicken is a false salad. Especially so if it’s bacon. Go veggie / pescatarian, and have whatever meat you want in your meal on the side in explicit addition to the salad, or go home as you’re only fooling yourself.

    7/ This is the main “surprise” (besides the tuna, I guess). Who would have thought there was so much sugar in even relatively plain yoghurt? However, it is now established as a common cheat for low-fat products to have a lot of sugar in them (and indeed, low-fat and low-sugar ones to have a lot of artificial sweetener, which can be its own problem besides the disgusting aftertaste). Otherwise the stuff just tastes bland. Once you start looking, you see it everywhere. It’s why I pretty much abhor all “diet” and “low fat” type foods, because not only do they taste or “feel” wrong, but they’re not actually any better for you unless they have so much taken out that they’re barely recognisable as what they once were and utterly unenjoyable. Better to have a smaller amount of the original thing along with a healthy, cheap, filling staple, and learn to ration and appreciate it instead of stuffing your face with crap. The exception is when they’re on clearance in the shop – being rather poverty stricken, low price trumps all other concerns. Which is why this week I have worked my way through a pack of “low fat” crumpets (I’m not even sure where the fat IS in regular ones – I thought they were just flour, water and yeast! It’s kind of the point!). With acceptable amounts of what would otherwise be considered rather fatty toppings (given extra flavour with a smear of yeast extract).

    Anyhoo. Sidestep it by just having a smaller, sensible amount of the real thing. It’s actually better for you that way. Plain greek style yoghurt (either set, or bio-active) with some fresh fruit on top. Nice 🙂

  15. Dr J

    January 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Now where is the shock value? These are all commonly known facts. just read the flipping ingredients list and duhhh there you go. Who ever thinks he can loose weight eating energy bars is past helping. The word energy should be the give away of the day.

  16. nightwriter

    January 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    “Trail Mix” is called that because its supposed to be a quick energy snack for when you’re hiking – anyone who eats it when they’re just sitting around isn’t even trying to understand nutrition.

  17. BenDoverPls

    January 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    The bottom line is…

    Avoid processed foods and raw fish.

  18. bsant

    January 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    You shouldn’t avoid fat if you’re trying to lose weight (or be healthier). You should avoid carbs instead and load on fat.

  19. Nick Stokes

    January 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    simple formula= eat less + burn more = weight loss, 3rd grade math!

  20. WeatherVane

    January 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Kind of common sense. To lose weight NO SUGAR: no bread, no pasta, no corn, no flour, no sugar, no sweetened drinks, no dairy. It takes three days for sugar to be out of your body. Raw fish is not good (ever) and SUSHI is raw fish (parasites and toxins). Raw meat too is bad. Salads with vinegar & oil are OK.. top them with canned tuna, salmon, hard boiled eggs, tofu, beets, carrots (not beans or cheese or raisins or sweetened dressings). The yogurt is OK (<100 cal) .. use fiber (metamucil) LOSE weight. Be happy

    • Road Less Traveled

      January 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Except, that is a crash diet. We actually need some carbohydrates, in moderation. A zero carb diet is not healthy for your body. Just have it in small amounts, focus on whole grains and complex carbohydrates, not white flour/bread/sugar/rice.

  21. YOUNIQ Pilates

    January 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Read the labels and there will be no surprises to this list.

  22. thirdman

    January 14, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Actually they forgot to mention that sushi themselves (not only tuna sushi) are not all that health since they mix a large amount of sugar into its rice (not to mention rice itself is high on carbs/sugar). Whenever I go to a sushi restaurant in the US, I see a large number of obese people. You can certainly get fat by keeping eating sushi.

  23. Castlekeep

    January 15, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Our ancestors ate what they found or hunted before farming became a way of life and people were no longer seasonally migrant, but the foods they ate hadn’t been genetically tampered with, enhanced, chemically sprayed, packaged with preservatives, so it’s very difficult to live healthfully without doing your own research about nutrition. The fact that remains is that we can’t trust the FDA to protect us from additives, pesticides, artificial sweeteners. fluoride and the list goes on. We all have to, in self defense, become our own health guardians. It takes time and a higher level of commitment from each of us to know what to eat and how to eat it, but it’s that or take meds for the rest of our lives that have side-effects that are often worse than the “illnesses” caused by what we put into our bodies that are often considered food.

    • BuckSargent

      January 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      And many starved or suffered from malnutrition and pretty much died at much earlier age. There are lots of microbes out there just waiting as opportunists of spoil food, producing biotoxins that aren’t particularly good for the human physiology. As for genetic alterations, natural selection has been giving us all sorts of recombinant DNA enhancements and mutations. Ironic, if you applied the same logic to vaccinations, which is not typically a natural approach to immunization, there would be a lot more disease and pestilence throughout the world. Notwithstanding all that, you are correct to stop and think about what you’re consuming.

      • Sylvie

        January 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        They died from malnutrition and we massively die from cancer, heart disease, diabetes,and the rest of bad food induced illnesses.
        The rest of us is sick if still alive.
        What was your point again? lol

      • Kazzim10073

        January 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        All diseases which our ancestors would have died from if they hadn’t died of malnutrition. What was your point again? lol

      • Sylvie

        January 27, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        Sure. The point was- take away antibiotics, some meds and medical technol. advancement (surgeries, dentists) and we are dead @30 not only from diseases but today’s FOOD would kill us even faster lol.

    • Sunil Thomas

      February 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      The advantage of being an ancient hunter/ gatherer is that the body was in movement. Hunting and gathering were physical activities. Today, most of us go to a supermarket, but prepackaged foods, eat and live a sedentary life. Most of the health problems facing the US has to do with our lack of physical activity.

  24. Secure

    January 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Just ask this one question before you eat or drink – Is this going benefit my body nutritionally?

  25. gsp9993

    January 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Ah yes, the gullibility of Americans is outrageous. What until they find out the truth about the so called organic foods they have been eating. Shocking!. They are being tooled by the largest food businesses in the whole.

    • Road Less Traveled

      January 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Except, the organic business by far is not the largest portion of either production or sale. It’s the corporate agrobusinesses that are, which are also heavily subsidized by the government.

  26. K.

    January 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I work with some obese women that are also experts in weight loss. I always thought, eat responsibly, more activity. Too difficult?

  27. Just my view

    January 19, 2014 at 2:11 am

    If the food police had their way all food would be outlawed in this country, everything we eat is suppose to be bad for us. It amazes me how many people actually believe all this propaganda, the reason people in the USA are fat obese chubby etc..is because they eat too much and have no self control, the country has turned into a bunch of overweight lazy slobs.

  28. Sagesteve

    January 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Any of these you could figure out for yourself if you are knowledgeable. The worst? ANY kind of Sushi. You eat ANY Sushi? You will get and you do have parasites…period. If you are always not feeling “well”? Do a parasitic cleanse. You will feel a thousand times better. Don’t do an extreme one…just the standard “kill ’em” with the appropriate system.

  29. Chloe Smith

    January 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Life’s too short. If I want to eat some frosting, I will.

  30. oracle2world

    January 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Except for the tuna sushi, i do not like any of this s* anyway. There is no worry i am going to eat it.

  31. Kisha Oakes

    January 21, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I’m on Day 9 of a 21 day sugar detox and I can definitely tell the difference! Hoping by Day 21 though some of this food tastes better than it does now lol

  32. cubnextdoor

    January 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    What’s with all the nutrition snobbery?! You people (such as fustian24) act like you just know everything and are above others. You might know some information NOW, but you didn’t ALWAYS. Give others the respect to find out in their own time just like YOU DID.

  33. enlightened world

    January 26, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Idiotic. mayonnaise is not unhealthy at all fat is GOOD FOR YOU is it that hard to get it through your heads. ive done a little experiment maybe you all should eat nothing by mcdoubles without bread for a month and go get your blood taken, You will be shocked to find everything is healthy and low and you even lost a goof 15 lbs or so,

  34. Paul

    January 30, 2014 at 2:02 am

    This article makes it sound as though the chief concern you should have is for your waistline or weight. Things that are packed with nutrients like some energy bars are great for you. So they have lots of calories in them, so what? That’s what they’re for, to give you energy before, during or after strenuous physical activity. Cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes–these are what you need to be look out for.

  35. Jason Arkin

    February 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Praying for the pandemic.

  36. druidess

    February 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    What about arsenic levels in seaweed products?

  37. Kopernicus

    February 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Your cholesterol ratios are set genetically. Done. The regulatory enzyme is some people works well, in others it does not.

    Your insulin levels are more under your control, but do have genetic limitations. Fats are better than simple or complex carbs. Proteins cost more energy to degrade on a molecular basis than they provide back.

  38. AUricle

    February 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Dr. Atkins had it right as far back as the 1970’s………today his company (since his death) is more concerned with selling ‘ diet’ bars laced with sugar alcohols as they supposedly have no insulin effect. However, these things just keep people hooked on ‘sweets’….and if you stray from the diet, you go right back to high sugar foods.
    Gotta change the lifestyle. That’s why you read his book, and stay away from the products (which are no better than the stuff he frowned upon!)

  39. Steve Matsukawa

    February 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I eat what I want, but in moderation. I eat a Hostess Twinkie now and then, and a Snickers bar too. I am lactose intolerant so I drink Lact-Aid 100% milk, I am allergic to aspirin and associated products, and I am slightly allergic to unprocessed wool.

    When the Japanese started eating the Western diet they started getting all of the Western diseases and problems. Yes, they did get arthritis and some became diabetic, but that came from hard work and over indulgence with alcohol.

    Again, I eat what I want in moderation and I eat as healthy as anyone (veggies, fruits, nuts, etc.) so I don’t get why anyone wants to go on a special diet. Just don’t over indulge and eat moderately. Just keep the alcohol consumption to a couple of ounces a day.

  40. James Wang

    February 5, 2014 at 5:58 am

    hmm, white rice, the chinese have been eating that for thousands of years, i don’t see the chinese have any major health problems.

    • Sunil Thomas

      February 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      It’s a matter of quantity. While most Chinese eat a small bowl of rice, South Indians live on white rice. We eat pancakes made of rice in the morning, a plates of rice with curries for lunch and dinner. Interestingly, we have a high rate of diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately, white rice remains our staple diet.

  41. peggy

    February 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    BigPharma does push the statins, even though there is no solid evidence that cholesterol alone is the culprit. One need only ask why, after having most adults in the country on statins, is the leading cause of death still……heart attack?” I thik that we’re missing something, but it’s paying off for the drug pushers.

    • Sylvie

      February 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Because it’s not cholesterol that is causing heart disease.
      But because most people don’t question ‘authority’ and instead of apply logic to obvious facts they continue on the ridiculous path of making gazillions to Big Pharma often paying with their lives..

      A main stream ‘doctor’ said to my mother:
      ‘Your cholesterol is even higher then the 3 months ago. I told you to stop eating any animal products (sat. fat)”.
      Well she has been off ANY animal products for months and eating mainly carbs (vegge, breads, pasta, fruit, etc.) (carbs are sugar chemically speaking).
      I asked if she told him that and she said: ‘Yes but he said I’m lying.”

      That’s where the ‘Dr’s knowledge ended and that’s where hers ended too.
      Any suggestion that the Dr may be wrong and knows shit- so to say- was inconceivable to her, ‘What do YOU know.. he is a ‘Dr’.. etc etc 😀

      Only now after years of talking, showing a bunch of publications, studies, the brainwashing, the motivation of the machinery behind of drug pushing industry, etc ect, only now she is finally getting it. Angry she had been fooled and sick for decades.

      An average or sick person mainly just wants to trust that her/his well being is actually the goal and the intention of the ‘health specialists’
      But it’s not.
      We have been ‘trained’ to trust the ‘specialists’ with ‘medical training, asked to see credentials, diplomas,degrees, etc.
      Do we ever question what those diplomas actually mean? lol.

      Yes so we are missing something Peggy: common sense, logic, we are naive, trust authority no matter what, we are the many sheep that are being led by the few.
      Nothing new really 🙂

      cheers

    • Bendy Bentley

      February 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I have felt HORRIBLE for the past year. I stopped taking my statin, and in less than a week, I feel like a million bucks!

  42. Alex Zorach

    February 9, 2014 at 1:34 am

    While I think there are some truths in this article, I don’t like how it’s operating on the assumption of “calories=bad” and especially “fat=bad”, like how it carelessly drops a comment advocating for fat free milk, or saying chips are bad because they contain fat. A lot of foods, like whole milk, nuts, olive oil, are high in fat, but are generally better than low-fat alternatives like fat-free milk or carb-heavy snacks.

  43. Love My Body

    February 9, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I eat an Atkins bar for breakfast, an egg white proteinn shake for lunch and a big green salad with grilled fish or chicken for dinner. I enjoy a mid-afternoon snack of a handful of raw almonds and a half cup of blueberries. I do cardio and strength training at the gym 5 days a week and walk 3 miles each day on Saturday and Sunday. No weight or health issues here. If you are trying to lose weight by dieting alone, cardio alone or even a combination of both, YOU WILL NOT GET THE BODY YOU”RE LOOKING FOR! You MUST do some strength training as well!!!

    • ThatBaldGuy

      March 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Too true. Cardio is good for you…it promotes better cardiovascular health and for me, anyway, increases my energy and makes me feel better overall. But weight loss? Not. Gotta’ lift ‘dem weights!

  44. orlandojon

    February 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Moral of the story, time to stop reading about the latest fad foods in the press. Just use common sense and eat natural foods. Nothing that comes in a box, jar or can and you will do fine.

  45. Joan Meijer

    February 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    And now with Tuna Sushi you have to think about irradiated tuna from the Fukushima accident – since America’s FDA is not testing Pacific Tuna – but reports of highly radioactive tuna showing up have been released by responsible individuals. It’s very much time to take this off your menu.

  46. Eohippus617

    February 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    What is wrong with the Palo diet and their ilk is that the meat we eat today is nothing like the meat our ancestors ate. Wild buffalo, deer, even mammoth had a much higher percentage of Omega 3 fatty acids and a much lower amount of saturated fat then current domesticated beef, lamb or pork. Same thing when comparing Chicken to any poultry of the past.
    The other thing we all forget is that the caveman (paleo) had a life expectancy of 40 years tops on average. Now maybe it was not the diet that was the main contributor but I expect the lack of vitamins and fiber in the diet had a significant part in it.
    So cut down on the red meat and increase your (wild) fish intake. Eat Tuna, salmon and Swordfish in moderation (Mercury). Eat cod, haddock, tilapia etc more often.
    Increase your use of fresh (ideally raw) nuts and use legumes (peanuts, Beans) as a big source of your carbs and proteins. Eat fresh fruit in moderation and cut out highly processed carbs.
    I eat only bread that has 4 or more grams of fiber per serving and only once a day.

    • Sylvie

      February 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      1. true about meat so need to keep that in mind.

      2. age expectancy 40 yrs?

      That is an average of deaths at child birth, infant deaths, hunting injuries, predators, infections, etc.(lol) things not present anymore or that modern medicine ‘technicians’ can prevent :)).

      Considering that the actual average life expectancy would be 60-70 with none of the food -related current diseases (obesity, cardiovasc., cancers, etc).
      From the time of the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago up until the late 1700′s, “expectation of life in ‘civilized’ nations seldom or never exceeded 25 years. In fact, even in 1800 in the United States, life expectancy was only 36 years. So if you still want to argue that our modern, agricultural diet brings forth longer life than the Paleo diet, tell that to your great-great-great-great grandfather.

      3. Reduce red meat?? DO NOT as a rule. Needs to be ‘clean’ as much as we can.

      4. Eat more fish? Can be too risky to your health unfortunately unless you’re positive of the source (mercury)

      5 Eat more RAW nuts and beans? NO.
      Phytic acid (phytate) is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans which can serious health problems in our diets.The main reason phytic acid has become an issue today is because we have stopped ancient food preparation techniques such as sprouting or sourdough fermentation which kills off the phytic acid.

      According to research published in the The Lancet a diet high in phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and cause osteoporosis.

      So i say eat SOME. Or ferment or sprout ..so much work though.

      6. Eat grains? Nah.
      Don’t get me going on that…. :))

      7. DO eat fermented stuff!!
      sauerkraut, yogurts, buttermilk, pickled beats, pickled everything! Yum!
      Im European, i know how to make all that- grandma taught me well! <3

      cheers!

  47. Pat

    February 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Why is soy not on this list?

    • Helen Tam-Semmens

      March 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Soy being bad was not based on facts to begin with. Recent scientific studies show that soy actually reduces the risk of breast cancer.

      • CJC444

        April 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

        Could you provide a ”source” for this statement please?

  48. PJL

    February 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Snack bars and trail mix can be fine for their intended purpose and contents are balanced. 10 mile hikes, backpacking, trips, x-country skiing and trail biking will burn up those calories you need.

  49. bromide1

    February 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Try reading the ingredients on the container. Packaged pasta sauce doesn’t have to contain sugar. The further down on the ingredients list, the less the item content in the sauce. Hunts makes several types that list no sugar (or very little) in their mix. Substtitute ground turkey for ground beef to reduce fat and use whole wheat pasta for a healthier spaghetti dinner. Add fresh mushrooms and spice to taste. This won’t eliminate calories, but it should reduce them significantly. It should also reduce the carb loading because of the lack of sugar in the souce. You’ll still get carbs, though, so watch portions carefully if you’re diabetic (like me).

    • Richard Williams

      February 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Real red sauce takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Why ANYONE would eat that Bilge water tasting hunts stuff is beyond me

  50. Guest

    February 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Once a year I get fritters made of Bing cherries from Washington state. YUMMIE!

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