25 Healthy Habits That Aren’t As Healthy As You’ve Been Led To Believe

Posted by , Updated on December 7, 2016

When it comes to drinking orange juice, or following the food pyramid, or committing to some sort of new diet, most of us would be quick to point out how healthy these things are, but of course, there is a sliding scale here. Some things are healthier than others. Juice is better than coke, but it’s still worse than water. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. These are 25 Healthy Habits That Aren’t As Healthy As You’ve Been Led To Believe.

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Following the food pyramid

myplateSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

There is a reason that it has been updated to MyPlate.

24

Doing only one form of exercise

runningSource: livestrong

Swim, bike, run, lift, climb. Cross training is the best thing for your body.

23

Packaged healthy foods

fruitsSource: menshealth, Image: en.wikipedia.org (public domain or free licence)

While better than candy bars, they don’t beat fresh, whole produce.

22

Avoiding microwaves

microwaveSource: menshealth. Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

It doesn’t kill nutrients; it’s just that most microwaveable foods don’t come with a lot of nutrients to start with.

21

Cleansing

cleansingSource: menshealth

Eat right, exercise, and your body will take care of the toxins. Depriving yourself of nutrients does more harm than good.


20

Store bought smoothies

smoothiesSource: webmd

One Naked will provide you with half your daily sugar intake.

19

Meal replacement shakes

meal replacement shakeSource: webmd

Nothing can replace a healthy, well-balanced diet.

18

Tans

tanSource: webmd

No amount of tanning is healthy. Your body releases melanin in response to skin damage by UV radiation. So if you have a tan, your skin has been damaged.

17

Low calorie foods

caloriesSource: webmd, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Just because something is low calorie, doesn’t make it healthy. Styrofoam is low-calorie.

16

Blowing of steam or venting

angrySource: webmd, Image: /pixabay.com (public domain)

Psychology tells us that venting your anger actually leads to more anger. Going for a walk is a much better solution.

 

If this surprises you, wait until you see number 3!

15

Demanding aggressive treatment and testing from the doctor

doctorSource: webmd, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

All procedures have risks and side effects. Doctors are trained to weigh these.

 

Are you interested in becoming healthier? Take a look at 25 Small Changes To Be A Happier Healthier Version Of Yourself.

14

Q-Tips

q tipsSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

They just push the wax into your ear and make things worse.

13

Taking supplements

supplementsSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Unless you are sure that you are deficient in something, it is much better to just eat a balanced diet. Eating supplements unnecessarily can have unintended consequences.

12

Red wine and chocolate

chocolateSource: mayoclinic.org, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

You would have to consume tons of it to get any of the supposed “benefits.” Of course, the obvious negative effects would outweigh the positives anyway.

11

Drinking all of your meals

smoothieSource: latimes, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Liquid passes through your body very quickly and leaves you hungry again. Furthermore, you’re spiking your sugar levels which makes you crave even more unhealthy stuff.

10

Gluten free food

glutenSource: wikipedia

If you’re not gluten intolerant, gluten is actually quite healthy. Gluten free products are stuffed with sugar and other chemicals to reproduce the natural properties of gluten.

9

Salads

saladSource: menshealth, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Just because it’s a salad doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Iceberg lettuce, dressing, and bacon defeat the purpose. Fresh greens are what you’re looking for.

8

Juice

juiceSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

It contains tons of sugar and is only slightly better than chugging soda and popping vitamins.

7

Fad diets

dietSource: menshealth, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Which is basically most diets. A real diet is actually quite simple but takes time to implement (a calorie deficit that occurs due to eating less healthy calories than you burn).

6

Vegan food

vegan foodSource: wikipedia

People think that vegan food = healthy food, but a lot of vegan food is actually quite bad for you due to added fats that are meant to replace the animal ingredients.

5

Vitamin water

vitamin waterSource: huffingtonpost

It’s basically just a soft drink with additives. Nothing beats water.

4

Fat free food

fat freeSource: bbc

Is almost always high in sugar.

3

Listening to nutritionists

vegetablesSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

In most countries, “nutritionist” isn’t a legally protected term. This means that anybody can call themselves a “nutritionist.” “Dietician” is what you are looking for. Paraphrasing Dara O’Briain, calling yourself a dietician is like calling yourself a dentist, while calling yourself a nutritionist is like calling yourself a toothologist.

2

Sanitizing everything

bacteriaSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

Some bacteria are actually good and necessary.

 

If you enjoyed this list, check out 25 Health “Facts” That Just Aren’t True.

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Brushing your teeth right after a meal or puking

toothbrushSource: nytimes, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

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