(NaturalHealth365) At one time, certain foods were considered “healthy” such as yogurt, whole grain bread, or granola. But, now, many people know that these prepackaged and processed foods are actually not as healthy as once claimed.
In fact, did you know that these same “healthy” organic foods can actually cause you harm? In reality, these highly-processed foods contribute to inflammation and put you at risk for gaining excess fat and chronic disease symptoms. So, what are these five organic foods that may wreak havoc on your body?
#1 – Organic nut milks may promote cancer
You may want to rethink your purchases if you’ve been buying store-bought almond, coconut, or cashew milk. What you’ll find in these commercial beverages will blow your mind!
First of all, most of these nut milks are so watered down that you won’t receive the nutrients you think you’re getting. In fact, they are virtually nut and fiber free! However, they contain ingredients like evaporated cane juice (sugar) and carrageenan which promotes cancer.
#2 – Organic fruit juices offer empty calories
While big food manufacturers will have you believing you’re getting healthy by opting for their organic fruit juice, you may be surprised to learn that most of these store bought items aren’t really healthy. In fact, the majority are pasteurized and made from concentrate.
While the pasteurization process kills potentially harmful bacteria, the process to make fruit concentrate involves using chemicals or natural plant byproducts, as well as heat, to condense the juice. Pasteurization and concentration also kills nutrients and flavor that would be obtained in freshly squeezed juice.
#3 – Organic prepackaged hummus may stimulate inflammation and oxidation
Did you know that organic hummus is made with soybean and/or canola oil? While most organic oils are mass marketed as “healthy,” they are nothing of the sort. In fact, most so-called vegetable oils are processed to death.
Seed oils are also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids with a much higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 leaving your body susceptible to inflammation. Additionally, these bad dietary fats are more prone to oxidation, and so is your body after eating them. Bottom line: Eating these oils sets the stage for your cell membranes to get sick and eventually die.
#4 – Organic snacks contain hidden and harmful chemicals
Opting for a bag of BioSaurus’ Baked Organic Corn Snack may seem like a healthier option than Fritos® Original Corn Chips. However, you’d be surprised to know that just because it has “organic” and “certified gluten-free” stamped all over the package doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
Just look at the ingredients from the label below.
BioSaurus isn’t the only brand that advertises organic snacks but contain sugars, bad oils, yeast extract (a hidden name for MSG) and silicon dioxide. MSG can contribute to weight gain, and increase your risk of many chronic illnesses.
#5 – Organic salad dressings trigger cellular inflammation
It may be worth five minutes out of your day to make a delicious and healthy salad dressing when you find out what’s in most organic salad dressings. Take a look at the ingredients in our example – the popular Annie’s Organic Green Goddess Dressing.
You’ll find several bad oils (soy, canola, and sunflower), sugar, and concentrated fruit juice – all ingredients that cause inflammation within the body.
#5 – Organic prepackaged foods can be dangerous for your health
Unfortunately, the “organic” label has been abused by large food corporations. While they understand that we want purer foods, they abuse their powers and pollute real organic foods with sugar and unwanted (toxic) chemicals.
To stay healthy, remove these foods from your diet. Instead, opt for truly wholesome organic foods. It doesn’t take much time out of your schedule to make fresh nut milk, fruit juice, or hummus.
In truth, you’ll be doing yourself a favor!
About the author: Abby Campbell is a medical, health, and nutrition research writer. She’s dedicated to helping people live a healthy lifestyle in all aspects – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Abby practices, writes, and coaches on natural preventive care, nutritional medicine, and complementary and alternative therapy.