Great post by @marcinevin here is a list ways to improve your health through nutrition, hence a Simple Swaps post highlighting some ways to do so. Read what she says...
All of the foods I’ve listed on the right are ones that could be considered healthy (except for the milk chocolate, which I included more for enjoyment purposes). But the reality is, these choices can be problematic for someone whose health is compromised or is suffering from food sensitivities/allergies. Here’s why:
Veggie chips aren’t veggies at all. They’re mostly potato starch and sugar, with some veggie powder thrown in for flavor and color, then fried in crappy oils (canola, sunflower) which can cause inflammation when eaten regularly. Oh, and the fiber count is a whopping 0 grams. Why not roast some high fiber veggies in a healthy fat (avocado, olive, coconut) instead? They are delicious!
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Milk chocolate is a mix of milk, sugar, emulsifiers, soy, and artificial flavorings. If you’re sensitive to any of those things, then pure dark chocolate is the way to go. Even better it as health promoting antioxidants.
Aaah, peanut butter. Every fitness buff’s food obsession. But have you ever read the ingredients on the processed stuff? Peanuts sugar, hydrogenated oils, and fillers. A better option would be natural peanut butter and even better would be almond butter.
I love yogurt for those who have a difficult time eating enough protein. But most milk based yogurts are low in protein and higher in sugar, plus the pasteurization process destroys any of the gut friendly cultures. Instead I recommend Greek yogurt for those who can tolerate dairy because it’s high in protein and lower in sugar. Full fat, grass fed yogurt is the best option, because it will have more probiotic, healthy fats, and vitamins D and K2. Coconut milk yogurt is great for those who can’t do dairy. While it’s not high in protein, it is filled with loads of probiotics.
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